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I8 A HISTORY OF VERONA
themselves with the Vicentines, Paduans and Venetians
against Frederic. Their reasons for this change of attitude are
not difficult to find. The schism of II6o had resulted in the
election of two rival Popes, Victor IV. and Alexander III.
Frederic espoused the cause of the former, but the new bishop
of Verona, Ognibene (Tebaldo had died in I 157), had long
been a firm friend of Alexander and carried the Veronese with
him. The severe treatment meted out to Milan when that city
submitted to Frederic in 1 62 was not calculated to attract the
other Lombard Communes to the Imperial cause, while the officials
deputed by the Emperor to rule the cities of the Trevisan
Mark had governed cruelly and tyrannically.1 The alliance
between Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice, the Societas
Veronensis as it was called,2 was formed early in 1 64, and in
June of that year Frederic led his army to ravage the Veronese
district, intending doubtless to crush Verona as he had crushed
Milan. But the Veronese by the help of their allies and of
Venetian gold had collected a large body of troops. Frederic
was encamped at Vaccaldo.3 The Veronese army moved out
against him. The two forces were almost equal. Neither was
strong enough to attack, neither wished to give way. For five
days the two armies stood face to face without moving. At
the end of that time Frederic, recognizing that he could effect
nothing, led his troops off. This retreat was hailed with great
joy as a victory for the Communes, and it was not long before
they began to shake off the yoke which the Emperor had tried
to rivet on their necks.
Verona now definitely threw in her lot with the opponents
of the Empire. Some nobles who had plotted to betray the
city to Frederic were executed in the September after his retreat.
The Veronese did not join the alliance made in April,
I 67, by Milan, Cremona, Brescia, Mantua, and Ferrara, but
1 The Trevisan Mark was th6 name given to the north-east portion of the
Lombard plain. It extended, roughly speaking, from the Adige on the west to the
Piave on the east, and the principal cities were Verona, Vicenza, Padua and
Treviso. Venice, however, was never included in the district.
2 Alexandri III. Vita, Cardinal Boso, edited by I. M. Watterich, Pontificum
Romanorum Vitae, vol. ii. p. 398.
3 Close to Vigasio, Verona, C. Cipolla, p. 107.
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