A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 90 of 493
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EZZELINO DA ROMANO AS AN INDEPENDENT RULER
AFTER leaving Padua in the summer of 1239 the Emperor
did not enter the Trevisan Mark again for six years, indeed
in that time he only once appeared north of the Apennines.
During this period Ezzelino set himself to consolidate
his personal authority till at the end of the six years he no
longer ruled as a deputy, however powerful, of the Emperor,
but as an independent sovereign, who could treat his territories
as his private possessions. One of Ezzelino's main methods
of extending his power was to appoint his own friends and relatives
to the higher offices of the Mark, which had hitherto
been filled chiefly from the Emperor's personal following. So
in I24I at Verona he substituted Enrico da Egna, his sister's
son, for the Podesta appointed by Frederic. At Vicenza, in
1242, the Apulian who had ruled the city for two years was replaced
by a Trevisan. The Vicar-General of the Mark Ezzelino
did not yet venture to appoint, but in 1242 Frederic recalled
Tibaldo Francesco, replacing him by Galvano Lancia,
whose sister Ezzelino had recently married, and it is quite possible
that this change was made at Ezzelino's request. Finally
in February, 1244, Ezzelino took the step which marked his
complete independence of the Emperor. Galvano was accused
of peculation, tried, found guilty, and forced to disgorge his illgotten
gains. Ezzelino then on his own responsibility deposed
him from the Vicariate,' and appointed instead one of his own
'Before deposing Galvano, Ezzelino divorced his wife, Galvano's sister.
Rolandinus says: "CQius (sc., Galvani) sororem non multo tempore antea in
uxorem acceperat, datam sibi scilicet ab ipso imperatore. Sed astute Ecelinus
ipse in hodium dompni Galvani procedens, primo divorcium fecit inter se et
uxorem illam " (bk. v. c. 12, M. G. H., vol. xix. p. 8z). From this it has been
argued that Galvano was brother to Selvaggia and son of Frederic. But it seems
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Allen, A. M. A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps., book, 1910; New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1025/m1/90/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .