A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 70 of 493
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52 A HISTORY OF VERONA
the new government, however, was established, he rapidly
came to the fore. It was probably owing to his influence that
Leo delle Carceri resigned the office of Captain for that of
Podesta early in February, 1226, and it was certainly at his bidding
that Leo was driven out on June 5th for having released
the Count of S. Bonifacio, whereupon Ezzelino himself was
elected Podesta. The most marked proof, however, of Ezzelino's
supremacy at Verona in the early part of this year was the
change in the attitude of the Veronese towards the Emperor.
The view that Ezzelino was all his life a staunch Ghibelline has
long been exploded, and it is now well known that till
desire for personal vengeance on the Lombard League led him
to change parties in the winter' of 1231-32, he was one of the
strongest opponents of the Imperial claims. " The Veronese, on
the other hand, had from the time of the election of Frederic
II. shown marked sympathies for the Emperor, and had
at once yielded to his demand for free passage through the
Chiusa on his first visit to Italy in I212. But when Frederic
returned to Italy for a second time in the spring of 1226 the
Veronese played a very different part. On April IIth they
gave in their adhesion to the Lombard League, which had
recently been renewed for twenty-five years, and was avowedly
anti-Imperial. They sent no envoy to the meeting summoned
by Frederic at Cremona on 24th June, and when Frederic's son,
Henry, came down the Brenner to join his father, they blocked
the Chiusa so effectually that Henry was obliged to turn northward
again, after waiting six weeks at Trent. This display of
hostility to the Emperor can only be attributed to Ezzelino's
influence. Nor did Ezzelino swerve an inch from the course he
had marked out for himself, though shortly after his election to be
Podesta Verona iell under the condemnation of the two supreme
powers of the mediaeval world, being banned by the Emperor
and excommunicated by the Pope simultaneously on I Ith July.
Ezzelino's rule at this period seems to have been both
vigorous and beneficent. According to the contemporary Vicentine
chronicler, Gerardus Maurisius,1 he won the hearts of
1 Maurisius wrote a history of Ezzelino III. from 1182-1237 which is printed
in Muratori, R. I. S., vol. viii. p. 7. Among all the thirteenth century chroniclers
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