A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 82 of 493
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64 A HISTORY OF VERONA
the large crowd who watched him ride in, notes that as he
entered he suddenly flung his helmet back, and bent over to
imprint a kiss on the gate,' one of the very rare instances of
the display of any emotion on his part. An informal meeting of
the nobles and leading citizens offered to hand the city over to
Ezzelino, but he, either through loyalty or policy, insisted that
the submission must be made to the Emperor's representative
Gebhard. He also refused the Podestaship, appointing instead
one of Frederic's Apulian followers, Count Simon of Chieti,
whom the Emperor raised at the same time to be Vicar of the
Trevisan Mark. This office was new, but it was probably
rather a change of title than an extension of authority for Simon,
for he was already Imperial Legate for North Italy, and though
the Vicars were as a rule more powerful than the Legates, the
Vicar of the Mark did not receive full powers for another two
years. The Vicariate of the Mark and the Podestaship of Padua
were for many years always held together. Ultimately the
right of appointing was given to Ezzelino, but for the present
the Emperor retained it in his own hands, as some sort of a
check on his ambitious follower.
On 3rd March Treviso also gave in its adhesion to the
Imperial cause. Gebhard was then despatched to Frederic to
report progress, leaving Ezzelino to all intents and purposes the
independent ruler of the Mark. Verona, Vicenza and Padua
he ruled directly, Treviso he controlled through his brother
Alberico, who now held the supreme power there. In theory
these cities obeyed the Empire, in practice they obeyed Ezzelino,
though he still held no official position in any of them. At
Padua he began his rule at the point which it had taken him
years to reach at Verona. His policy was to crush the nobles,
and rely on the goodwill of the people.2 The Commune was
completely subservient to him. It is true that most of the
officials and councils still survived, but it was Ezzelino who
appointed the former, and his consent was necessary before a
decree of the latter could become law. Ezzelino spent some time
in Padua, carrying on friendly intercourse with all classes of the
Rolandinus, book iii. c. i6. M. G. H., vol. xix. p. 64.
2Gittermann, op. cit., p. 55.
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