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

Maximilian, archduke of Austria and duke of Burgundy, son of Emperor Frederick III, was elected Roman emperor at Frankfurt in A.D. 1486, by the electors, during the life of his father; and he reigned with him for seven years. He is a man endowed with every virtue, physically active, a skilled knight, and second to none in morals. He excels all other kings in amiability, kindness, gentleness and mildness—a king worthy of every honor, fortunate in war, strong of mind, unspotted by vice, magnanimous, and powerful in arms. In his younger days he went to Burgundy, where he espoused Mary, an illustrious maiden and daughter of Duke Charles. By this marriage he acquired the duchy of Burgundy over which he reigned in happiness and righteousness for some time, although King Louis of France deprived him of several districts that had belonged to his father. All Burgundy, Brabant, Limburg, Luxemburg, Gelderland, Flanders, Artois, Namur, Hainaut, Holland, Zeeland, Mecklen, Human (?), Salina (?), and Friesland rejoiced in the presence and in the future prospects of this praiseworthy prince Maximilian. While his wife still lived he reigned in peace and happiness; and by her he had a son, named Philip, and a daughter named Margaret. Not long thereafter she died by falling from a running horse. On the 20th day of January A.D. 1486 this most illustrious Maximilian went to Frankfurt with his father; and on the 16th day of February following, after divine service at St. Bartholomew’s church, he was unanimously elected king by the electors of the Roman Empire according to the provisions of the Golden Bull. On April 10th, in the city of Aix-la-Chapelle, he was crowned with great pomp and solemnity with the crown of Charlemagne, brought there by a distinguished embassy from Nuremberg. In him are observed unprecedented skill and wisdom, mental activity, speedy performance, eagerness and zeal for justice, extraordinary discretion, great goodness and gentleness, praiseworthy living, and good morals. After the death of his wife he was not only opposed by the nobility which would not obey him, but was taken prisoner by those of Bruges, in Flanders, and held in honorable custody for some time; out of which circumstance countless evils befell those of Flanders after his liberation, and have not yet ceased. This all-victorious king Maximilian, the most Christian of all Christian princes, well considered how the Christians who were once the mightiest lords and possessors of the world, are now surrounded by the infidels and driven into a corner of the earth; and how such an empire, and so many noble cities and rich countries were plundered; namely, Judea, that noble and holy land in which the flowers of our faith first appeared; Alexandria, Cairo, and all Egypt now withdrawn from us; and Antioch, in which the name of Christian was first heard. The very fount and origin of our salvation has fallen into the hands of our enemies; so also Jerusalem, the mother of the Old and New Testament; and Constantinople, the capital of Greece. And the Jews, after they had lost the Ark of the Covenant, shunned none of the dangers of war to recover it. For the rape and seduction of Helen, the Greeks conducted a ten years’ war. In order to but slightly enlarge their territory, the Carthaginians fought a bloody war against the Cyrenians; while the Romans often took up arms in behalf of their allies and confederates. And so this most Christian prince, Maximilian, took to heart the great decline of Christendom, and resolved to take up arms against the infidels in possession of cities, countries and lands formerly Christian, and stoutly to avenge the damage and insult inflicted by the enemy upon our faith; and to elevate and augment the Christian name. In order to carry out his pious Christian resolution, and to remove all obstacles thereto, His Royal Majesty, in A.D. 1491, called a great council of the princes, which sat for many days at Nuremberg. There were present prelates, princes, and the councilors and emissaries of cities, in great and remarkable numbers from Germany, Italy, France, and many other places, as well as from White Russia, to honor His Royal Roman Majesty, who exhorted them to lay aside their differences and wars, and to give aid to a crusade against the infidels with earnestness and diligence. What Matthias, the Hungarian king, had taken from the House of Austria, was recovered, and peace was restored in the kingdom of Hungary. But after this