A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 80 of 493
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62 A HISTORY OF VERONA
ance in those days of heavy armour and slow-moving horses.
At Aicardo, Frederic gave his troops some hours' rest, and here
he was joined by Ezzelino and the Veronese levies. There
was no need to relieve Rivalta by force. The mere news of
the Emperor's arrival in the neighbourhood was enough;
Vicentines, Paduans and Trevisans all hastened home in terror
that their own cities would be attacked. On ist November,
Frederic and Ezzelino went on to Vicenza. The Emperor
summoned the citizens to admit him peacefully. The only
reply of the Vicentines was to keep their gates firmly closed.
Then at Ezzelino's advice Frederic ordered the troops to
storm the walls. The attack succeeded at once. Azzo d'Este
had fled to Padua at the first hint of danger, and the leaderless
citizens offered no resistance. The town was given over
to the troops. The most appalling scenes of robbery and
violence ensued, and the greater part of the city was burnt
The sack of Vicenza was remembered with horror for many
years, and it was generally reckoned in the long list of Ezzelino's
crimes. But in this case he seems to have been unjustly blamed.
It was one of his rare virtues that he did not permit the towns
he conquered to be pillaged, and the responsibility for the deed
therefore more probably belongs to Frederic and his German
Frederic stayed but a short while in Vicenza. He left
behind him a German garrison under Gebhard of Arnstein but
gave the supreme authority to Ezzelino, though without any
official title. Frederic and Ezzelino both had the same aim;
they wished to break the power of the Communes' But their
methods for achieving their object differed. Ezzelnmo wished
to work through existing institutions, especially the Podestaship,
which he tended more and more as time went on to give to
his relatives or personal friends. Frederic, on the other hand,
desired to supersede the local officials, and rule, as in Germany,
by a bureaucracy appointed by and responsible only to himself.
The Emperor, however, was not strong enough to hold the
Trevisan Mark without the aid of the local Imperial party, of
which Ezzelino was the head, hence in the Mark he modified
his plans and conferred the right of appointing the officials of the
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