First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

Emperor Frederick used no wine except at mealtime. For his supper he drank the lightest of wines, mixed with water. The physicians advised Lenore, the empress, who had never used wine in her homeland, to drink it in Germany (where the climate is cold) if she would be fertile. But when this became known to the emperor, he summoned Aeneas Sylvius and said to him, Go and tell the empress that I would rather have a barren spouse than a guzzling one. If she loves me she will hate wine. And when the queen became aware of this matter, she said, Although I am as pleased to obey the commands of my husband as I am glad to live, yet if the king offered me wine to drink, I would rather die than appear obedient.

Matthias Janos Hunyadi, son of the governor of the kingdom of Hungary, by the consent of the nobility, the landed lords and those high in office, acquired the kingdom upon the death of King Ladislaus without heirs. His father had governed the kingdom with a rod of iron, and was considered no less than a king. He died not long after he had defeated the Turks at Weissenburg. But when (as already stated) the Count of Cilli was slain by Ladislaus, eldest son of said Janos Hunyadi, King Ladislaus ordered the same Ladislaus to be beheaded and Matthias to be taken to Austria as a prisoner, and from thence to Bohemia. Matthias came to Prague on the day the king died, and George Podiebrad, the Bohemian governor, took him under his care and protection. Not long thereafter, at the age of 18 years, he was chosen king. Having furnished substantial sureties and pledges he was released from prison, and conducted the affairs of the Hungarian kingdom. But later on the Roman emperor insisted that the same kingdom belonged to him; whereupon dissension and war took place between them. Yet the kingdom remained that of Matthias. He was an earnest, diligent, and sturdy defender of the Christian faith against the Turks, and withstood them in many great battles, took much away from them, and dam aged and destroyed their land and regions by fire and sword, plunder and slaughter. He also made war in Bohemia against Casimir of Poland, but finally made peace with him, by which Pannonia, Hungary, Moravia and Silesia fell to Matthias and the kingdom of Bohemia remained with Ladislaus, the son of Casimir. When Matthias noted that Emperor Frederick was antagonistic toward him, he made peace with the Turks and opposed the emperor, from whom he took the city of Vienna. And there he died in the year 1490. He was taken to Stuhlweissenburg and buried there. His wife was the daughter of Ferdinand, the king of Naples.

Nicholas of Cusa, a German, called Petei ad vincula, was a distinguished and highly learned cardinal, and in high esteem and renown at this time. He was so good a man that few better ones were born in his time. He was a fervent enemy of all the vices, an antagonist of all forms of vainglory and worldly pomp, whole-souled and steadfast, conscientious in his labors and efforts, undismayed even unto old age, and illustrious for his goodness and gratitude. His scriptural wisdom was so abundant, that when any subject unexpectedly came up for discussion, he was able to speak thereon so ably, fully, and sufficiently as if he had made a special study thereof. He was a versatile man, a finished Latin scholar, and fully versed in all history, not only modern and contemporary, but in ancient history as well. His memory was always fresh, and he was highly informed in the liberal and other arts. He was also well educated in the papal and imperial laws, a keen interpreter of the Holy Scriptures, and wrote and left many distinguished and commendable books and manuscripts. Because he diligently protected his church at Brixen, Duke Sigismund of Austria kept him in prison. On that account the duke incurred the ill will of Pope Pius, who subjected the duke to severe spiritual penances. Finally Nicholas was liberated and the affair pacified. When Pope Pius passed out of this world at Ancona, said Nicholas, the cardinal, died at Rome.

Bessarion, cardinal and Sabiniari bishop, as well as a patriarch of Constantinople, was at this time so highly esteemed by Pope Paul and the people for his foresight, worldly wisdom, experience, ingenuity and reliability, that no matters of importance were transacted or concluded except in the presence and by the advice of this highly renowned man. He was enlightened in Scriptural knowledge, and it is believed that no one in his time read as much. Although burdened with matters and affairs touching the Christian weal, through his diligence of mind he also fostered the teachings of Plato the natural philosopher. When sent on an embassy to make peace in France, he died on the way.