A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 79 of 493
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RISE OF EZZELINO DA ROMANO 6i
unexpected attack, the Count and his party turned tail and fled
in the wildest disorder. A few of the ringleaders were caught,
but the majority got away and were afterwards exiled. The
Podesta, Rainer Bulgarello, was tried for complicity in the
plot, found guilty and deposed. Azzo d' Este meanwhile had
returned to Vicenza without striking a blow.
The failure of this rising placed Verona at Ezzelino's feet.
His power there became more absolute than ever, and the city
never again shook off his yoke. Simultaneously his position
in the larger field of politics, his attitude towards Pope and
Emperor, became more clearly defined. In April, I236, Gregory
IX. excommunicated him anew.' Ezzelino's answer to this
was to summon the Emperor into Italy. In May Frederic
despatched a small body of troops, 500 knights and Ioo crossbowmen,
to Verona. But he himself did not enter Italy till
mid-August, and then spent only one night in Verona on his
way to West Lombardy, where his presence was urgently
needed. For, with the exception of Cremona, Bergamo, Parma,
Modena and Reggio, all the Lombard cities were strongly antiImperial,
so that Frederic, far from being able to help Ezzelino,
looked to him to uphold the Imperial interests in the Trevisan
Mark. In all the Mark, indeed, Verona was the only city on
the Emperor's side. The Paduans and Vicentines under the
influence of Azzo d' Este, and the Trevisans led by the da
Camino were all Guelph. In October the Paduans, Vicentines
and Trevisans laid siege to Rivalta, one of the most important
of the Veronese castles. The garrison made a gallant stand,
but Ezzelino was unable to drive off the besiegers, and by the
end of the month the castle was on the point of surrendering
when Ezzelino at last sent an urgent summons to the Emperor
at Cremona. Frederic received the message on 3oth October,
and at once started with the greater part of his army for Verona.
All that day and night he led his men on, with none but the
shortest intervals for food, till on the 3Ist he reached Aicardo,
a village close to S. Bonifacio and distant fully sixty miles from
Cremona as the crow flies, an almost incredible feat of endurl
Gittermann, op. cit., pp. 128-29, note 39 to chapter viii.
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