A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 84 of 493
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66 A HISTORY OF VERONA
Ezzelino's interests, and though Ezzelino usually yielded in the
end, it was not always with the best grace in the world, nor indeed
was it always the Emperor who proved victorious in these
contests of will
For the present, however, the breach was not serious. In
November Ezzelino assisted Frederic to besiege Brescia, and was
present at the brilliant victory of the Imperial Army at Cortenuova,
which drove the Pope into the arms of the Lombard
League,1 and thus defined once for all the points at issue between
Guelph and Ghibelline. Frederic, however, was beginning to fear
that Ezzelino might grow too powerful and throw off the
Imperial control, and at the same time he still hoped to
retain the Count and Marquis on his side. So he appointed
new Podestas at Padua and Verona, replacing Simon of Chieti,
who had fallen entirely under Ezzelino's influence, by a Tuscan,
and sending one of his personal followers to Verona. Lest,
however, Ezzelino, should be angered by these changes, and
break away from the Imperial cause, Frederic gave him to wife
Selvaggia,2 his own illegitimate but tenderly loved daughter.
The wedding took place at Verona on 23rd May, 1238, with
great pomp and ceremony, in the open space in front of S. Zeno,
and the whole city was feasted for six days by the Emperor.
In June Frederic effected a formal reconciliation between
Ezzelino and Azzo d' Este, but in the following month, when
the Emperor had left, Azzo, aided by Jacobo da Carrara, one
of the leading nobles of Padua, attempted to surprise the city.
Ezzelino easily repulsed the attack, and took Jacobo prisoner,
but Azzo escaped to Este, and from there waged war on Padua
all the summer.
Ezzelino's position in Padua was only strengthened by this
unsuccessful attempt to drive him out. He was so powerful
that he was now invariably referred to in Padua simply as
Dominus without any name, as though it were impossible for
any one else to rule the city. Jacobo da Carrara was recon1
Gittermann, op. cit., p. 62.
2 Very little is known about Selvaggia. Gittermann (op. cit., pp. 133-34)
identifies her with the sister of Galvano Lancia whom Ezzelino married and
divorced in 1244. But Ficker (ii. 406, p. 5og, note 20) produces good reason
for regarding Selvaggia and Galvano Lancia'8 sister M different persons.
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