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

had endured for two years, the remnant of the Hungarian king’s forces, called the Black Army, dissatisfied with the long peace, spread out into various regions in Hungary and Austria, and about 2,000 of them proceeded into certain places in Moravia and Austria, and the vicinity, and encamped in a fortified place from which they raided the vicinity. At the command of Emperor Frederick they were besieged, and their camp was stormed. Many of them were slain, and about 700 were taken prisoners. Of these, 300 were hanged by the Viennese. The rest were turned over to the Eytzinger, some being tortured, some roasted, and some suffocated in the furnace. Had the unfortunate wenching of the French king with the duchess of Britanny, previously married to King Maximilian, not intervened, the king’s pious resolution would have had results. May the vengeance of the good and Almighty God put an end to all obstacles in the way of this royal Christian undertaking, so that His Royal Majesty may protect the churches, the Christian status, and the faith; for we see that the raging Turks have overrun and devastated and brought under their cruel subjection all Asia from Phoenicia and Media to the Hollespont; all of Thrace, Greece, Aetholia, Epirus, and the Wendic March as far as inner Dalmatia; and all the islands from the Adriatic to the Pontus, with the further intention of attacking and subjugating German and Hungarian lands and people as their nearest neighbors. But we trust that through God’s agency victory will unquestionably come to our king Maximilian if the other nations will follow this king and foremost military leader—if wealthy Italy, noble France, sturdy Spain, and warlike and well populated Germany, who excel the infidels in troops, money and strength, will give aid and support. In addition, we may trust in God, who will undoubtedly stand by in matters touching himself, and will lend his aid to the warriors who appeal to him for assistance, in order that the enemy may be defeated. These infidels were defeated a number of times by the foremost princes; for the strength of the unbelievers is less than represented. There is no doubt that when this king arrives in the Orient the people there will be more apt to surrender to him if his army is stronger. And when this invincible king, Maximilian, returns home after having defeated. the Turks, and has recovered Thrace, Greece, and the Holy Land, the departed German princes will express their immortal gratitude to him before the eternal God. O, how Italy and Ger many will prepare a chariot for him; what gratitude the Church will show; what rejoicing there will be in every Christian community! The kings of the West and North will greet the returning great Roman king as a preserver of Christendom. The cardinals and bishops of the church, and the Roman senators, carrying the sacred relics, will come to meet him far beyond the city, and lay the purple carpet in his path. Noble matrons and maidens will pelt him with roses and lilies, and place garlands of various flowers on his anointed head. From on high in his chariot he will scatter golden coins among the people; and in all places and markets new games will be seen. The people will greet the victor with shouts of long life and praise. Having thus triumphed he will be escorted, not into the capitol or false temple of Jupiter, but into the church of St. Peter, prince of apostles, and be kindly received and blessed by Pope Alexander as a true vicar of Christ; and will then be conducted into the inner chamber of the palace, where they will converse at length about the victory and the affairs of Germany and Italy. Later the poems of the laureated Conrad Celtis will be resurrected, as from the dead, and M. Antonius Sabellicus will write the history thereof, and immortality given to the mortal king.