This hybrid chronicle details the Swabian noble family's lineage back to the legendary emperor Kuri and his wife Docka, expelled from Rome for their Christian beliefs. Alongside this story is the so called Gmüder Chronik, 'German Chronicle', which goes so far as to report the Flood, the fall of Troy, and other Roman history, mainly focusing on the reign of the Holy Roman Empire from Charlemagne (768-814) to Charles IV (1346-78).
The full-page woodcuts which illustrate this present edition are printed from tewnty-two blocks, executed by cutters who worked on drawings by the master of the Ulm Terence. The artist shows delicacy and an unusual capacity to demonstrate depth, and the landscapes of manors and castles are suitably dramatic.
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