A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 29 of 493
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14 A HISTORY OF VERONA
continue to transact local business, and in more favourable
circumstances might retain many of its original powers; the
name of the Commune would appear as a party to treaties, and
in important official documents, no new law would be valid
unless proclaimed in the public assemblies, while in some autocracies
the Commune long retained the right of electing the
ruler. At Verona the rulers were elected by the Commune,
though, it is true, often only as a matter of form, till the very
end of the Scaligeri dynasty; and when the city came under the
domination of other states, Milan, Padua and Venice, the
Commune in every case negotiated the terms of the settlement
with the new rulers and carried on the work of local government
afterwards. At the same time it must be remembered that
however large a subject city was, it was never admitted to any
share in the central government. This was invariably reserved
for the supreme authority, whether a despot, or another selfgoverning
city; and of the two it may be noted that the latter
nearly always proved the more tyrannical.
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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/m1/29/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .