A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 75 of 493
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RISE OF EZZELINO DA ROMANO 57
onese took the oath of allegiance to Frederic. Some days
later a body of Imperial troops entered the city, but they were
too few to serve as anything but a guard against internal
sedition. Meanwhile the defection of Verona was the
signal for renewed attacks on the Imperial party. Rizardo di
S. Bonifacio swooped down on Lonigo and destroyed a tower
belonging to the da Romano. The Mantuans burst ravaging
and burning into the Veronese district In June Ezzelino had
to go in person to protect Alberico from a savage onslaught
by the combined Paduan and Mantuan troops. In the course
of the summer Ezzelino's foes invoked the aid of the Church,
and he was excommunicated by the Papal Legate. Frederic
could do hardly anything to help his new ally. In December,
at the urgent request of Maurisius, the Emperor issued letters
declaring that the da Romano were under his protection and
threatening to fine any one who dared to attack him, but the
letters were received everywhere with contempt, as it was well
known that Frederic could not enforce them.
All through the winter of 1232-33, hostilities went on without
a break, but in the summer peace was made for a time, through
the efforts of a remarkable personality, a Dominican friar,
Giovanni da Schio. Fra Giovanni was not only very eloquent,
but had a peculiar gift for reconciling enemies. In April, 1233,
he had made peace between Florence and Siena, and from there
went on to pacify the Trevisan Mark. He preached first in
Padua with great success, and then in Treviso, Feltre, Belluno,
Conegliano and Vicenza. Everywhere he was received by
enthusiastic crowds who hailed him as a saint. He was said
to have healed the sick and raised men from the dead. At
his command captives were set free, and life-long foes exchanged
the kiss of peace. In every city the statutes were brought to
him to be revised. The Veronese alone, under Ezzelino's
guidance, refused to have anything to do with him. But now
the Lombard League again intervened, for they were still aiming
at the restoration of the Count to Verona, in order to gain
control of the Chiusa, and hoped to use the friar for their own
purposes. They ordered Ezzelino to receive Fra Giovanni into
Verona, and when Ezzelino refused, sent troops to harry 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/m1/75/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .