A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 100 of 493
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EZZELINO DA ROMANO AS RULER 8I
pared to blockade it, Ezzelino determined to go and relieve Monselice,
which still held out for him. But between Padua and
Monselice flows the Canale di Battaglia, and Monselice lay on
the western side, while Ezzelino was on the eastern bank. No
sooner, therefore, did he march off to look for a ford than the
Legate led his men down the other bank ready to fall upon the
enemy directly they should attempt to cross. Not daring to
pass the canal in the face of the Paduan troops, Ezzelino went
back to Vicenza. Here his hand fell heavily on the Vicentines,
whom he suspected, and not without reason, of conspiring,
with the help of the Paduans, to throw off his yoke in their
turn. He garrisoned the city with Veronese levies and German
mercenaries, and forced all the more prominent citizens to
move out into the suburbs, where they would have had to bear
the brunt of any attack from Padua.
After this Ezzelino never made any attempt to regain
Padua, and the surrender of Monselice early in 1257 and the
recovery by Azzo d' Este of Cerro and Calaone left him without
an inch of ground in Paduan territory. The loss of Padua led,
however, to a reconciliation between him and Alberico. For
some time Alberico's devotion to the Guelph cause had been
cooling. Finally in the summer of 1256 he received a humiliating
rebuff from the Paduans, who refused his proposal to
undertake the defence of the city against Ezzelino. In consequence
Alberico opened negotiations with his brother, who, for
his part, was glad enough of the opportunity of making an alliance,
which would, to some extent, counterbalance the loss of
Padua. On 8th May, the two brothers met at Castelfranco
and exchanged the kiss of peace, after which Alberico surrendered
Treviso to Ezzelino, but only as a matter of form.
The reconciliation was at first kept secret. Alberico, however,
now adopted his Jbrgther's methods of keeping a city in subjection,
increasing the taxes, robbing widows and churches, banishing,
burning and beheading his foes.) It was noticed that
his hand fell most heavily on the Guelphs, so men began to suspect
that he had once more changed sides, and eventually the
whole truth leaked out. In March, I258, the Vicentine, Veronese
and Trevisan exiles made a desperate but unavailing
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