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

Antonius Rosellus, a native of Etruria, highly versed in the canon and civil laws and in the fine arts, taught and lectured for many years on the common law at Padua with great renown. He died at this time and was buried in St. Anthony’s church at Padua. Being a highly learned man, he wrote and left several books.

Marsilio Ficino of Florence, a man of extraordinary intelligence, well grounded in the Greek and Latin tongues, and versed in the arts, and now a prince among Platonic doctors, with great industry translated into Latin the 33 books of Plato (theretofore not easily understood in the Greek); and still not satisfied with these labors, he also interpreted the meaning and beauties of Plato by various arguments and elucidations. He also wrote many useful things.

Mohammed the Great, eighth Turkish sultan, born of Ottoman ancestry, and the son of Amurath, reigned in Asia and Greece for thirty-two years. He died in May A.D. 1471, at the age of fifty-eight years, not without suspicion of having been poisoned. His remains were taken to Constantinople and buried there. At the age of twenty-four years he had succeeded his father in the Asiatic Empire, aiming to excel him in all things. Following the inclination of his high spirit, he strengthened his father’s empire in power and might. With a great military force he sailed from Asia through the Hellespont into Europe, besieging and capturing many Greek cities. Not far from the shores of the Bosphorus he built a castle. Thereafter, due to the infirmity of the Greek states and their failure to lend support, due to their own avarice, he took Constantinople. Having declared himself Greek emperor, he soon took possession of the entire Peloponnesus, subjugating and carrying off the entire Christian population. Later he also subjugated Achaea, Arcadia, and Cyprus, the greater part of Macedonia, as well as Bulgaria, Rascia and the Servia, followed by the city of Adrianople, which lies between the Save and the Danube. He also caused Wallachia to obey him. He overran and reduced Bosnia, took the noble Genoese island of Mytilene (Lesbos), devastated the very ancient cities of Sinope and Trebizond, carrying off their inhabitants, as well as their emperor, as prisoners, and ravaging the island of Euboea and its city of Chalcis. In Asia he subjugated 12 kingdoms, namely Pontus, Bithynia, Cappodocia, Paphlagonia, Cilicia, Pamphylla, Lycia, Lydia, Caria, Phrygia, and practically all of Hellespontus or Morea, and many other regions to whom may God be merciful.

Bajazet, first born of the aforesaid Turkish sultan, became sultan in A.D. 1481; and he still reigns, Zaliabus (Zizim?), his brother, caused much disturbance in Asia in order to secure the empire, and he took possession of Bursa, and there set himself up as a king. But Bajazet defeated him, and secured the empire of Asia, and drowned himself in carnality and drunkenness. But, when in the year 1492, he undertook to attack and devastate the kingdom of Hungary, he encountered much opposition, loss, and defeat. Zaliabus, his brother, up to this day is held in custody at Rome, in order that through him the rest of Europe might be relieved of the servitude to the infidels.

A great plague prevailed in Italy and Germany in the year 1483 and in the year 1484; in consequence whereof 4,000 persons died at Nuremberg in six months, while at Venice a number of senators and dukes died.

Frederick, the Roman king, held a great imperial diet at Nuremberg in the year 1487 to secure aid against his enemy, and in behalf of the Christian faith. Various matters were considered. Among other things the emperor awarded the crown to Conrad Celtis, a man highly informed, in literature. At this time also the war between Sigismund, the duke of Austria, and the Venetians was settled, while our gracious lord, the Roman king Maximilian, held a great assembly at Nuremberg in 1491.

Meles, king of the Moors, and of the Mohammedan faith, ruled the kingdom of Granada up to the present time. In this land are to be found gold, silver, grain, pasturage, and all things necessary to satisfy human needs. In that kingdom lies a city, also called Granada, which was besieged by Alphonso, the king of Portugal and Spain, and his spouse Elizabeth, and surrendered by the inhabitants with 10,000 horse and 1,000 foot in the year 1492.