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* 50 A HISTORY OF VERONA
some ten years later, when he defeated a body of Vicentine
troops outside Vicenza. In the interval many changes had
occurred. In 1209 Otto IV. came into Italy to be crowned
Emperor, received Ezzelino II. into favour and placed him in
power at Vicenza, where he was Podesta from I211 to 1213.
Azzo VI. d' Este, and Bonifacio di S. Bonifacio, after ruling Verona
together from Michaelmas 1207 onward, both died in 1212,
the former leaving two sons, Aldovandrino and Azzo, the latter
one, Rizardo. Next year the Montecchi were restored to
Verona. Then in 1215, while Azzo VII. was still a boy, his elder
brother Aldovandrino died, and Ferrara, which had hitherto
been under the influence of the Estensi, fell under that of
Salinguerra Torelli, son-in-law and staunch supporter of Ezzelino
II. The party to which the da Romano belonged had therefore
gained by the general redistribution of power, though, as the da
Romano themselves were again excluded from Vicenza, their
individual position was weaker. Perhaps it was this which led
them a few years later, in the winter of 1221, to consent to a
reconciliation with the Counts of S. Bonifacio. Two marriages
were arranged, the young Count Rizardo wedding Cunizza
daughter of Ezzelino II., while Ezzelino III. married Zilia
Rizardo's sister. Shortly afterwards Ezzelino II. retired from
the world, and though he did not take the monastic vows,
entered a monastery at Oliero, where he devoted the rest of his
life to prayer and good works.' In July, 1223, he gave up all
his possessions, dividing them by lot between his two sons,
Ezzelino and Alberico, the former receiving the eastern half of
the da Romano territories, with the Castle of S. Zenone, while
Alberico was given Bassano and the surrounding district.2
The reconciliation between the da Romano and the Counts
of S. Bonifacio did not last long. In I222 and again in 1224
Azzo VII. d' Este and Rizardo di S. Bonifaicio made unsuccessful
attacks on Ferrara, where Salinierra was still supreme.
Salinguerra appealed to Ezzelino III. for help, and fighting
The chronology of this period is exceedingly obscure, but J. M. Gittermann,
Esselino III. da Romano, Stuttgart, x890, places the retirement of Ezzelino II.
very soon after the double marriage, op. cit., p. 4.
Verci, C. D. E., p. 200, No. 103.
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