IN the xvj. yere of kyng Harry deyde Sygysmund Empe|rour of Almayne and knyght of the garter, whose terment the kynge kepte at Pawlys in London ryally, where was made a ryal herse, and the kynge in his astate cladd in blewe was at even at dirige, and on the morne at masse. And after hym was elect & chosen Albert duke of Ostryche, whiche had wedded Sygysmundus doughter, for to be Emperour. This was taken and resseyved to be kyng of Boheme and Ungary by cause of hys wyf that was Sigismundus doughter, whiche lefte after hym none other heyer. This Albert was emperour but one yere, for he was poysond, and soo he deyde; somme saye he deyde of a flyxe, but he was a vertuouse man and pytefulle, soo moche that alle the peple that knewe hym sayde that the worlde was not worthy to have hys presence. In this yere was the kyng of Scottys murthred in his chambre by nyght pytously, whiche kynge had be prysoner xv. yere in Englonde; And they that slewe hym were taken afterward & had cruel iustyce: this yere one Owayn, a squyer of Wales, a man of lowe byrthe, whiche had many a day to fore secretely weddyd quene Kathe|ryn, & had by her thre sones & a doughter, was taken and commaunded to Newgate to prysonne by my lord of Gloucetre, protectour of the royame. And this yere he brake pryson by the mene of a preest that was hys chappelayn: and after he was taken ageyne by my lord Bemond, and brought ageyne to Newegate; whiche afterward was delyverd at large, and one of his sones afterward was made Erle of Rychemond, & another erle of Penbroke, and the thyrde a monk of West|mynstre; whiche monke deyde sone after. This yere also on newyersday at Baynardys castel fyl doune a stak of wode so|deynly at after none, and slewe thre men meschyvously, and foule hurte other. Also at Bedford on a shyreday were eyghten men murthred withoute stroke by fallynge doune of a steyr, as they cam oute of theyr comyn halle, and many foule hurte. In the eyghtenth yere sir Rychard Beauchamp, the good erle of Page 566, vol.8 Warwyck, deyde at Roan, he beynge that tyme lyeutenaunt of the kyng in Normandye; and from thennes his bodye was brought to Warwyk, where he lyeth worshipfully in a newe chapel on the south syde of the quyre. Also this yere was a grete derthe of Corne in al Englond, for a busshel of whete was worth fourty pens in many places of Englond, & yet men myght not have ynough; wherfor Steven Broun, that tyme mayer of London, sente into Pruse, and brought in to London certayne shippes laden with rye, which easyd and dyd moche good to the peple. For corne was so skarce in Englond that in some places of Englond poure peple made hem brede of fern rotes. This yere the general counseyle of Basyle deposed pope Eugenye; And they chese Felyx, whiche was duc of Savoye. And thenne byganne the scysme whiche endured vnto the yere of our lord MCCCC. & xlviij. This Felyx was a devoute prynce, and sawe the sones of his sones, and after lyved a devoute and hooly lyf, and was chosen pope by the counseylle of Basyle, Eugenye deposed, and soo the scysme was long tyme; and this Felyx had not moche obedyence bycause of the neutralyte; for the moost parte and wel nygh al Cristendom obeyed & reputed Eugenye for veray pope. God knoweth who was the veray pope of them both, for both occupyed durynge the lyf of Eugenye.
This yere Syr Rychard Wiche, vycary of Hermettesworth, was degrated of his prysthode at Powlys, and brente at Toure hylle as for an heretyk on saynt Botolphus day. How well at his deth he deyde a good Cristen man, wherfore after his dethe moche people cam to the place where he hadde be brente, and offryd and made a heepe of stones, and sette vp a crosse of tree, and helde hym for a saynt, till the mayer and shreves, by commaundement of the kynge and bisshops, destroyed it, and made there a donghyll. Also this same yere the shreves of London fette oute of Saynt Martyns the graunte the sayntuarye fyve personnes, whiche afterward were restored ageyne to the sayntuarye by the kynges Iustyces. After Alberte, the thyrde Frederyk was chosen Emperour. This Frederyk duke of Ostryche was longe Emperour, and differyd for to be crowned at Rome by cause of the scysme, but after that vnyon was had, he was crowned with Imperyal dyademe, with grete glorye and tryumphe, of pope Nycholas the fourth. This was a man pesyble, quyete and of synguler pacyence, not hatyng the chirche: he wedded the kyng of Portyngales doughter.