A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 74 of 493
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56 A HISTORY OF VERONA
cities, Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, Ferrara, Brescia and
The League, however, had overreached themselves. Their
successive acts of treachery had determined Ezzelino to be
revenged on his betrayers at any cost. It was this which led
him to reverse his whole policy and drove him into the arms of
his quondam enemy, the Emperor. For at this time Ezzelino
was far too weak to attack the Lombard League single-handed.
Yet in all North Italy he had no one on whom he could count,
except his brother. In Verona and Vicenza he had lost all
influence. Treviso and Padua were bitterly hostile. Even
Salinguerra seems to have offered no help. The only power
who could be relied on to attack the League was the Emperor.
Bitter as the step must have been to Ezzelino, it was the only
alternative to submitting to the League, and he therefore sent
in the autumn of 1231 to offer to win over Verona to the
Imperial cause, if Frederic would help him to take the city.
The Emperor, allured by the prospect of getting control of the
Chiusa, willingly forgave all Ezzelino's previous hostility, and
the two former foes made an alliance in March, 1232, against
Azzo d' Este, Rizardo di S. Bonifacio and the Lombard League.2
It was characteristic of Ezzelino's thoroughness and energy,
that once he had decided to change sides, he made the change
as complete as possible. It was not, however, so sudden as
might appear. The final negotiations had taken many months,
and no doubt the change itself had been facilitated by the
hatred Ezzelino had felt for all ecclesiastics ever since the friars
had supported the Bassanese rebels of 1229.
Ezzelino had little difficulty in recovering Verona, and inducing
the citizens to join the Imperial party. With a few
followers he surprised the palace of the Commune on 14th
April, deposed the Podesta, and replaced him by the Emperor's
nominee, a Cremonese.3 The Imperial envoy was then summoned
from Ostiglia, where he had been waiting, and the Ver1C.
Cipolla, Relasionifra Verona e Mantova, Doc. No. 22, p. 43.
2 Gittermann, op. cit., p. 28.
3 Gittermann (op. cit., p. 27) surmises that Ezzelino had prepared the way
for this coup de main with money provided by Frederic.
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