A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 91 of 493
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72 A HISTORY OF VERONA
personal adherents. In the future Ezzelino always appointed
to the Vicariate, which still continued to be united with the
Podestaship of Padua. In 1247 he gave the combined offices
to a relative, Guecello da Prata, and two years later to one of
his sister's sons, Ansedisio de' Guidoti, who held them till the
fall of Padua, in 1256, when he lost both city and office together.1
In the summer of 1245 Frederic paid what proved to be his
last visit to the Mark, and held an assembly of the German
princes and magnates at Verona, and Ezzelino's attitude towards
the Emperor on this occasion showed clearly the change that
had taken place in his position since Frederic's last appearance
in the Mark. No longer Frederic's son-in-law, no longer in
need of his help against the Count and his party, Ezzelino was
none too pleased at the Empetor's presence in his dominions.
As an independent ruler it irked him to have to receive one
who could justly lay claim to his homage. Indeed he never
again admitted Frederic into his territory, though he was always
ready to go to his aid in other parts of Lombardy, and
continued to use the ban of the Empire against his own personal
enemies. Frederic could not but be aware of this change, and
the relations between him and Ezzelino became very strained.
A dispute arose between the Veronese and the followers of the
Duke of Austria, and ended in the death of an Austrian noble.
The PodestS was either unwilling or unable to punish those responsible
for the noble's death, and the Duke went off in dudgeon.
The quarrel was said to have been instigated by Frederic,
and a rumour spread that he was seeking for a pretext to depose
Ezzelino from the rule of Verona. Ezzelino fully believed in
the report; he manned the walls and gates with troops whose
fidelity he had proved, and brought up a large number of horse
more reasonable to assume that Selvaggia had died before Galvano's appointment,
and that Frederic had given Galvano's sister to Ezzelino to wife (Galvano
being one of the Emperor's personal followers) than that Ezzelino should have
ventured to divorce Frederic's beloved daughter, and depose his son from the
1 After the fall of Padua the Vicariate of the Mark ceased to exist. As an Imperial
office it may be said to have come to an end when Ezzelino took over the
appointment in I244.
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