A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 36 of 493
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20 A HISTORY OF VERONA
in value,-but, to save the Italians the expense and trouble of a
journey across the Alps, Frederic consented to appoint in every
city an envoy to exercise the appellate jurisdiction when he
himself was absent, and to invest the Consuls with their Consulate
free of charge. The cities retained the rights of fortification
and election of Consuls; the list of tolls and customs
granted to them was slightly increased; the Emperor pardoned
all injuries done to him, and in return for the right of free
passage when on his journey to Rome, undertook not to remain
longer than was necessary in any one place. Individual
concessions were made to various towns, and the command
of the Lower Brenner, which had been taken away after
the episode of I 155, was restored once more to Verona. The
Veronese representative, Cozo, a lawyer and one of the most
influential men in the city, took the oath of allegiance to the
Emperor in the name of all his fellow-citizens, and was then
appointed Imperial envoy for Verona. In the following year
Frederic marked his reconciliation with the Veronese by visiting
the city in person, in order to hold an interview with the new
Pope, Lucius III.
Lucius, who had succeeded Alexander III. in 18I and had
been almost immediately driven out of Rome, passed the closing
years of his life in Verona. He held a council there in which
the future papal policy towards heresy was outlined, and died
there in November, 185, being buried in the cathedral, though
not in the place now occupied by his tomb. His successor,
Urban III., was elected at Verona, and spent nearly all his
short pontificate there. The cathedral was finished during his
sojourn in the city, and in 1187 he consecrated it, soon afterwards
going to Ferrara, where he died.
The prosperity of the young Commune during the twelfth
century is strikingly shown by the fine buildings which date
from this period. In addition to the cathedral, which has
hardly been altered since, the great abbey of S. Zeno was
completed by the erection of the tower, which was finished in
1178. Six years before, the tower now forming ,part of the
municipal buildings was begun. Originally it was the property
of a family called the Lamberti, but it was not long before the
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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/m1/36/: accessed February 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .