A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 92 of 493
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EZZELINO DA ROMANO AS RULER 73
from his other towns, introducing them in small bodies of ten
or twenty at a time, so that it should escape notice. It must
have been a great relief when Frederic departed on 8th July,
before an open breach had taken place.1 For the rest of Ezzelino's
life no Emperor visited his dominions, and only one
claimant for the Imperial throne, Conrad, Frederic the Second's
son, who passed through the Mark in 1252 on his way to attempt
the recovery of Apulia.
The remainder of I245 and the first half of the following
year, Ezzelino spent in intermittent warfare with his brother,
Alberico, who still professed to be on the side of the Church.
Again the war resolved itself into a contest for the district
castles. Success lay with Ezzelino, who took Mestre, Noale,
and Mussolente from Alberico, and gained possession of the
two important fortresses of Treville and Castelfranco, through
the voluntary submission of his rebellious cousin Guglielmo da
Camposampiero. In the autumn of 1246 another plot was
discovered at Padua to slay Ezzelino while he was sitting at
dinner. The discovery was followed by the usual executions
and imprisonments. Most of the conspirators were beheaded,
but two, Alberico and Nicolo da Lendinara, "shining roses of
the chivalry of the Mark," one chronicler calls them,2 were
slowly tortured to death. Three days later, Arnaldo, Abbot
of S. Giustina, and his brother were clapped into prison as
traitors to the Empire. The annalist of the Abbey in recounting
this bursts forth into a torrent of violent abuse against
Ezzelino, reviling him as " the instrument of Satan, the devil's
executioner, a drinker of human blood, the insatiable foe of the
Church, the refuge of heretics, and the untiring inventor of
slanders ".3 But there seems to be little doubt that the Abbot
and his brother had shared in the plot, in which case their
1 It is singular that none of the Veronese chroniclers make any reference to
this visit of Frederic's, but full details are given by Rolandinus, bk. v. c. I3;
M. G. H., vol. xix. p. 82.
2 Annales Sanctae yustinae, M. G. H., vol. xix. p. 159.
8 " Satanae minister, Diaboli carnifex, potator humanis sanguinis, sitibundus
inimicus ecclesiae, hereticorum refugium, maliciae sedulus adinventor," M. G. H.,
vol. xix . p. 59. The Abbot cannot have undergone great hardships in prison,
as he survived till 5th Feb. I255, over eight years later.
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