A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 73 of 493
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RISE OF EZZELINO DA ROMANO 55
In the spring of 123I, however, a new factor appeared in
the situation. The powerful Lombard League, which even
Ezzelino did not dare to defy, sent to demand the Count's
release. After some discussion Ezzelino agreed to set free
the prisoners in return for the Castle of S. Bonifacio, which was
not only important because it was the centre of the Count's
estates, but because it commanded the road between Verona
and Vicenza. Till the castle was actually handed over the
Count was to be guarded by the League in Piacenza. To
Piacenza the Count was accordingly sent in July, and the rest
of the prisoners set free. Ezzelino had fulfilled his share of
the compact, it remained to be seen how the other side would
carry out theirs. As a matter of fact the League had not the
faintest intention of keeping their promises. It was not from
disinterested motives that they had intervened on behalf of the
Count. Their aim was to expel Ezzelino from Verona and
hand the city over to some one who would ensure them the
control of the Chiusa, and the Count and his party were to
serve as their tools in the execution of this plan. It was
essential, however, to proceed with the greatest caution. In
August the League undermined Ezzelino's position, by getting
a creature of their own appointed Podesta of Verona in place
of Salinguerra.1 Ezzelino consented to this without realizing
that it meant the end of his supremacy at Verona. But when
in September Count Rizardo was set free, and the castle of
S. Bonifacio handed over to him, Ezzelino recognized too late
that he had been betrayed. His influence in Verona was destroyed
and in October he was reduced to such extremities by
an attack of the Paduans on his estates, that he was forced to
swallow his pride, and beg for help from the League itself.
The Rectors again deliberately betrayed Ezzelino. Thinking
that if he were beaten to his knees he would be driven to submit
to the League, they promised to aid him, and then pulposely
delayed action for some weeks till he was on the point
of being crushed. Only then did they stop the Paduans,2 and
order them to receive Ezzelino and Alberico into the confederation
of peace, which had been formed in July by seven
Gittermann, op. cit., p. 24. Ibid., p. 25.
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