A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 77 of 493
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RISE OF EZZELINO DA ROMANO 59
emotionalism passed away. Rumours began to arise that the
partisans of the League had come to Paquara with arms
concealed on their persons. It was openly said that the
general peace was a mere ruse to restore the Count's party
to Verona, and to deprive the Emperor of any pretext for
intervening in North Italian affairs. Fra Giovanni was intoxicated
by his success, and became overweeningly arrogant
He induced the Vicentines to elect him their Dux and Rector.
He insisted that the Castles of Illasi, S. Bonifacio and Ostiglia
should be handed over to him, and garrisoned them with
Bolognese troops. At the same time he alienated the Bolognese,
who were his staunchest supporters, and the other members of
the League, by displaying marked friendliness for Ezzelino.1
The result was that when he visited Vicenza early in September
he was seized and thrown into prison by the Anti-Imperial
party, at the instigation of the Paduans.2 He was released
almost at once, but the incident dealt a fatal blow to his prestige.
The garrisons of Illasi and Ostiglia refused to obey him
any longer, Count Rizardo boldly demanded the Castle of
S. Bonifacio, and Ezzelino and the Bolognese came to an agreement,
and deposed Fra Giovanni from the rule of Verona,
replacing him by two Podestes, one being Ezzelino's nominee.
In a last vain effort to regain his position, Fra Giovanni succeeded
in November in getting a neutral Podesti appointed,
but after this the friar disappeared for ever from Veronese
politics. His power had melted away like snow in the sun, and
soon it was as though the great peace-making of Paquara had
never taken place.
By the spring of 1234 hostilities were being carried on
lGittermann, op. cit., p. 37.
I Parisius de Cereta, one of the principal Veronese chroniclers (M. G. H., vol.
P. 9) gives 3rd September as the date of Fra Giovanni's capture at Vicenza.
Gittermann (p. 36) accepts this, but, as Verci remarks (Storia degli Ecelini,
vl. ii p. 86) it is very soon after the meeting of Paquara for such a complete
change to have occurred, especially if we accept the order of events of
Maurisius, who places the election of the friar to be Dux of Vicenza after
Paquara (R. I. S., voiii. p. 38). Unfortunately, both Parisius and Maurisius
are nreliable for dates and sequence of events. It may be noted, however, that
the latest document in which Fra Giovanni appears as Podesta of Verona is
dated zath September.
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