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

The writings of the religious teachers treating of these times give no consideration to the history of the pagans, perhaps because they are of no service in an understanding of the Holy Scriptures. Some make no mention of intermediate kings up to the time of Sardanapalus, the last Assyrian ruler.

Rehoboam (Roboam), son of Solomon, and third Hebrew king, did not follow the wisdom of his father; he scorned the advice of his elders, and followed the willful inclinations of younger men; and in consequence he depressed the people and retained but two of the tribes. This was called the kingdom of Judah. Because of his sinful conduct he was obliged to endure the violence and persecutions of the Egyptian king. Rehoboam had eighteen wives and thirty concubines, twenty-eight sons, and forty daughters. The kingdom of David was divided in the first year of his reign, and was never reunited.

Jehu (Hyeu), son of Hanani (Anani) the prophet, was sent to Baasha; and he firmly suffered martyrdom unto his death.

Jehu, Eleazar (Eliezer) and Uzziel (Oziel), together with Azariah (Azaria), prophesied for Asa (Aza), Jehoshaphat (Josaphat), and Joram, the kings of Judea.

After Silvius, the son of Aeneas from Lavinia, and third king of the Latins, the succeeding kings were called Silvius. He was called Silvius because he was raised in the woods and was a hunter. He was born after the death of his father. And he is called Postumus because he was born after the burial of his father Aeneas, according to that account of Virgil. By the common people he was called Postumus, and he reigned 29 years.

The German edition of the Chronicle replaces this paragraph with the following sentence: "The successors of Silvius Aeneas, son of the third king of Latium, were called Silvius after him."

All succeeding kings of Alba bore the name Silvius. These mythical kings according to Livy, Ovid and Dionysius, were as follows:

4.Aeneas SilviusAeneas Silvius
5.Latinus SilviusLatinusLatinus Silvius
8.CapysCapysCapys Silvius
12.Romulus SilviusAcrotaAlladius

Aeneas, son of said Silvius Postumus, reigned 31 years, and left an heir, Latinus, and died.[Postumia Gens was one of the most ancient patrician family clans at Rome. Its members frequently held the highest state offices. The most distinguished family in the gens was that of Albus or Albinus; but we also find at the commencement of the republic families of the names of Megellus and Tubertus.]

Abijah, son of Rehoboam, and fourth king of the Jews, reigned three years. He was wicked before the Lord and followed in the evil ways of his father, and therefore reigned but a few years. Jeroboam, the king of Israel, made war against him, and in that war Jeroboam employed 80,000 fighting men and Abijah 40,000. And although Abijah saw such a great force coming against him, he trusted in God and he easily silenced and overcame it, and he slew 5,000 men in a single battle.[II Chron. 13:1-22. ]

Hanani, the prophet, reproved Asa, and was therefore imprisoned.[II Chron. 16:7-10. The German edition of the switches the order of this paragraph and the one that follows it.]

Latinus reigned 50 years in the time of David.

Alba Silvius was the son of Aeneas Silvius. He built the city of Alba, after which the kings of the Albans were named.

Atys (Achis) reigned for 24 years in the time of Rehoboam. His son Capys survived him.

Asa, in the beginning of his reign and up to the thirty-sixth year, did what was good before the Lord, and followed in the way of David, his father. He abolished idolatry and defeated the Ethiopians who came against him.[II Chron. 14:1-5.] Finally, he made a league with Benhadad (Benedab), king of Syria. This was a mistake, and the Lord sent the prophet Hanani to him; but Asa imprisoned him.[II Chron. 16:7-10.] For this reason he was diseased in the feet; and from that he died.[II Chron. 16:12-13. ] While Asa ruled and all was well with the kingdom and according to the law of God, Zerah (Zara), king of the Ethiopians, attacked him with a vast army. Asa and his forces went forth to meet them. And he called upon the Lord, and the Ethiopians were frightened off, and turned in flight.[II Chron. 14:9-15.] Thereupon Azariah the prophet ran to meet Asa, and he comforted him with the prophecy that Jerusalem would be taken by the Chaldeans.[II Chron. 15:1-8.]

(A) LINEAGE OF CHRIST (continued)

The Lineage of Christ is here continued from Folio XLVI verso, which there ended with Solomon. We here resume, and add:

  • Rehoboam (Roboam), son of Solomon;
  • Abijah (Abya), son of Rehoboam; and
  • Asa, son of Abijah.

And so we have just another line of kings, with crown, orb and scepter; the portrait of Rehoboam being a repetition of the woodcut called Belus, first king of Assyria at Folio XVII verso; while that of Asa stood for Ninus of the same line at the same place. The portrait of Abijah is new, but there is nothing unusual about it.


Jehu, Eleazer and Oziel (Uzziel) are shown in a small triple portrait of no particular interest; while Hanani is found further down the page surrounded by the black letter text. His portrait did service for Rechab at Folio XXXIV verso.


The Lineage of the Italian Kings is continued from Folio XLIII recto, and the following are here added:

  • Silvius Postumus.
  • Aeneas Silvius.
  • Latinus Silvius.
  • Alba Silvius.
  • Atys (Achis) Silvius.

The Lineage of Italian Kings began at Folio XXXV recto.