A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 89 of 493
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70 A HISTORY OF VERONA
da Camposampiero, rebelled at Treville. Ezzelino seized their
kinsfolk in Padua, the di Vado, and thrust four of them into
prison at Cornuta. Four years later the door of their dungeon
was walled up. For a few days those without heard with horror
imploring cries for bread, and howls of anguish and despair.
Then silence fell. When the door was opened four skeletons
covered with nothing but dry, black skin were found within.
In August Jacobo da Carrara and a cousin of his were arrested,
clad in the black robe that signified that the wearer had been
taken in arms against the Emperor, and beheaded in public.
All men must learn that Ezzelino's foes were also those of the
The war gradually declined into a struggle for the district
castles, whose value lay in their command of main roads. For
a while the victories were fairly evenly divided between the two
parties, but Ezzelino's conquest of S. Bonifacio in September,
I243, and of Illasi in October, gave him the command of the
whole of the road between Verona and Vicenza, and ensured
his possession of the northern part of the district. The capture
of Ostiglia by the Mantuans in the following January,
somewhat shifted the centre of gravity of the war, and Ezzelino
in consequence moved his head-quarters from Padua to Verona
for a while. In so far as Ezzelino could be said to have a
favourite city it was undoubtedly Verona. It was the first town
over which he had established his supremacy, the kernel of
his future domain.,, The Veronese levies were the only troops
who never failed him in his hour of need, the Veronese populace
alone never conspired against him.l From them alone
Ezzelino, possibly owing to his support of the popular cause
at the time of the Communanza, seems to have won genuine
affection, Verona being the only one of his cities where all
classes celebrated his victories with spontaneous rejoicing.
Gittermann, op. cit., p. 9o.
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