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EARLY HISTORY 9
foes, under Rudolf II. of Burgundy, won a great victory over
him at Piacenza. Berengarius took refuge in Verona, which he
regarded as the most faithful of his cities, but even there he was
not safe. He refused to listen to the warning of his most
powerful vassal, Milo, and have his sleeping-place properly
guarded. On the morning of 7th April, 924, he was roused
from sleep by an armed mob, captured and slain. Milo at once
took command of affairs, and in three days had caught and
executed all the ringleaders of the plot. Six years later Milo
was appointed Count of Verona,1 and from that year till his
death in 962 is the leading figure in Veronese history.
Berengarius was succeeded by Rudolf II., and he in his turn
by Hugo Count of Provence. Hugo, however, was unpopular,
so that when in 935 Arnold of Bavaria entered Italy to try and
win the crown he met with an enthusiastic reception. At
Verona he was supported both by Count Milo and the bishop,
Ratherius, one of the most remarkable personalities of the tenth
century. Born at Louvain and educated at the Monastery of
Lobbes in Flanders, Ratherius came to Italy soon after Berengarius'
death, in the train of Hilduin, who, exiled from his own
see of Liege, had been appointed to that of Verona. On
Hilduin's death Ratherius succeeded him, but like his predecessor
passed much of his life in exile. In 935, 949, and again
in 973, he was driven out of Verona, the last time never to
return. Versatile and restless, he played an active part in all
the political turmoils of his day. He was deeply read in both
sacred and profane literature, including the odes of Catullus,
and such other classical writings as were known at the time.
He delighted in writing interminable letters, in which he would
rate his ecclesiastical brethren soundly for their degradation and
immorality, or attack new heresies, especially a form of anthropomorphism
then in vogue. When Milo again transferred his
allegiance from Arnold to Hugo, Ratherius, remaining faithful
to the former, was imprisoned first at Pavia, and then at Como,
from which, however, he escaped to Lobbes.
Hugo was deposed in 949 in favour of Berengarius II.
'Still, of course, as under the Carolingians, a purely official title, conferring
the highest executive power, but no territorial or proprietary rights.
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Allen, A. M. A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps., book, 1910; New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1025/m1/24/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .