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68 A HISTORY OF VERONA
Apulian, Tibaldo Francesco, whom Frederic had appointed
simultaneously to that office and the Podestaship of Padua the
previous February. But though after April Tibaldo ruled
over a much larger region than Ezzelino, yet in everything
he was subordinated to the latter.1 Frederic was gradually
relying more and more on Ezzelino, who was now given the
right of appointing all the lower officials in the Mark, the
Podestas, Captains and Vicars. The appointment of the
Vicar-General the Emperor still retained in his own hands, but
in a few years' time even that passed to Ezzelino.
Soon after Frederic's arrival at Padua, Azzo d'Este submitted
to him, maintaining that he had never attacked the
Imperial authority, but only Ezzelino. Another reconciliation
was therefore patched up between Azzo and Ezzelino, and the
former was restored to Padua. Ezzelino, however, had no confidence
in the Marquis, and set spies to mark who welcomed
him on his return. Moreover he persuaded Frederic to seize
Rinaldo d' Este and his wife AdelaYta as hostages for Azzo's
good behaviour. This was a most maladroit move, for Alberico
da Romano idolized his daughter. He at once decided to take
a step he had been hesitating about for several months, and
on 14th May he publicly declared his adhesion to the party of
the Church, and drove the Imperial garrison out of Treviso.
Frederic and Ezzelino attacked Alberico, laying siege to Castelfranco,
but on 3rd June the Emperor took advantage of a panic
caused by an eclipse of the sun to withdraw to Padua. By a
stroke of genius he granted Treville, Castelfranco and all the
Imperial rights in the Trevisan district to the Paduans, thus
ensuring their loyalty, and inducing them to undertake an
enterprise for which he had neither time nor inclination.2
The defection of Treviso seriously weakened Ezzelino's
position. Haunted by the fear that Azzo was aiming at his
expulsion, he gave free play to his suspicions. Azzo himself
he did not venture to touch, but he banished Jacobo da Carrara
and all those who had welcomed the Marquis back to Padua.
1 "Ita tamen ut mandatis Ecelini in omnibus obediret," Annales Sanctae
yustinae, M. G. H., vol. xix. p. I57.
2 Gittermann prints this grant op. cit., pp. 155-57.
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