A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 33 of 493
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so that their weight might break the bridge when half of the
troops were on one side of the river, half on the other. In the
ensuing confusion an attack was to be made on the Imperial
army. This tale rested on no trustworthy evidence, but it
received a colouring of plausibility from an occurrence which
happened immediately afterwards. On his way up the Brenner,
Frederic found the fort of Rivole, which stands on an
almost inaccessible rock on the western side of the defile of
the Chiusa, in possession of a certain Veronese rebel named
Alberico. Alberico allowed the Imperial vanguard to go by
unmolested, then swooping down on the road, blocked it at
the narrowest point with a considerable body of men, and demanded
a large sum from Frederic as the price of the passage
of the rest of his army. Frederic indignantly refused to parley
with the foe, and by the aid of two loyal Veronese, named
Garzapan and Isaac, a path was discovered over the cliffs and
Alberico was dislodged from his position. This occurrence is
only reported by German writers, and they give confused and
mutually contradictory versions of the whole episode, which
indeed reads more like the daring exploit of some robber chieftain
than a serious attack on the Imperial army. But there
must have been some suspicion that the Veronese as a whole
were implicated in the matter, for in the following winter the
assembled citizens deputed their bishop Tebaldo to visit the
Imperial court and make their peace with Frederic Tebaldo
asseverated that the Veronese as a whole were faithful to the
Imperial cause and that none of the leading citizens had been
privy to any plot against the Emperor, but Frederic only
consented to receive the city back into favour after the payment
of a heavy fine.
On his second visit to Italy in r 58 Frederic was again
welcomed at Verona, and Veronese troops took part in the
Imperial attack on Milan. At the diet of Roncalia, in November,
11 58, the Emperor induced the North Italian cities, Verona
amongst them, to recognize his claim to appoint their chief
magistrates, the Podestas, Consuls, etc. But in the next few
years a complete change came over Veronese policy. The
citizens openly threw off all allegiance to the Empire, and allied
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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/m1/33/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .