A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 78 of 493
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60 A HISTORY OF VERONA
everywhere with greater bitterness than before. Azzo d' Este
attacked the Veronese district from the east, and in May the
Brescians and Mantuans ravaged to within a few miles of
Paquara itself. The Paduans made a determined attack on
the da Romano lands in the Trevisan district, hoping to draw
Ezzelino away from Verona. But nothing could move Ezzelino.
Cost what it might he was resolved to hold Verona. He
was gradually re-establishing his supremacy over the city. In
the spring of 1234 he regained the control of the Podestaship.
In June he assumed the supreme executive authority himself,
under the title of Rector of the Commune. For a year and
more the war went on with varying success, but both sides grew
weary of a struggle which led to no decisive results, and at last,
on i8th April, 1235, peace was made between the da Romano
and Verona on one hand, and Vicenza, Treviso and Padua on
the other. The Count and his party were restored to Verona,
the Paduans paid Ezzelino a large sum of money, and the illstarred
marriage of Rinaldo d' Este and Adela'ta da Romano
at last took place. It seemed as though after all Fra Giovanni's
labours were to bear fruit.
Ezzelino had saved Verona for the Imperial party, for in
spite of the Count's return the citizens refused to join the
Lombard League. But his personal position had been much
weakened, and for a time he had to resign himself to seeing
the city fall under the influence of others. In the following
winter the Count's party plotted to expel Ezzelino and hand
Verona over to Azzo d' Este, who was then Podesta of Vicenza.
The rising took place during a visit of Ezzelino to Bassano,
and Azzo was stationed at Montebello on the road to Vicenza
to cut off all possibility of his return, the tracks over the mountains
being still impassable with snow. Ezzelino, however, was
warned of the plot before reaching Bassano, and at once turned
back to Verona, leading his men across the mountains by a
path which in places they had to hew out through snow and
ice. He arrived at Verona to find the Montecchi and Quattuorviginti
in the act of fleeing, but with his famous cry of Za Za
Cavaler Ecelin' he charged the S. Bonifacio troops, and in a
moment the situation was reversed. Panic-stricken by this
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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/m1/78/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .