A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 93 of 493
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74 A HISTORY OF VERONA
punishment was comparatively mild. A few years later Ezzelino
would have burnt them alive.
The coolness that had recently grown up between Frederic
and Ezzelino did not prevent the latter from going to help the
Emperor in the celebrated siege of Parma in I247-48. For
many months the whole of North Italy concentrated its energies
on the defence or attack of this city. Ezzelino, however, took
no very active part in the siege, and in December, when the
Imperial army went into winter-quarters, he led his troops,
who were nearly all Veronese, back to the Mark, and so escaped
being involved in the Emperor's downfall on i8th February, 1248.
Curiously enough, Frederic's defeat did not weaken Ezzelino's
position at all. Similarly Frederic's departure to South
Italy in the spring of 1249, and his death in I250, rather helped
than hindered Ezzelino, for they freed him from all possibility
of being called upon to fulfil certain onerous duties to the Empire,
for which there were now no compensating advantages.
For Ezzelino no longer stood in need of outside support. He
was well able to cope with his foes by himself. Every year
saw his territories and wealth increase. In 1248 he took Feltre
and in the following spring Belluno. As Rolandinus puts it,
"Ezzelino . . . seeing that he had been victorious on many
occasions, partly because the Emperor had gone to Apulia,
partly because he was now sole ruler of Padua, Vicenza, Verona,
Feltre and Belluno .. . felt that henceforth he was safe and
began to think of greater deeds".1
In the autumn of I249 Ezzelino tool to himself another
wife, the young and lovely daughter of Bontraversio de' Maltraversi
of Padua, who till a few years before had been one of
Ezzelino's bitterest foes. In spite of the disparity of ageEzzelino
was fifty-five, and fifty-five in those days was equivalent
to at least seventy now-it was said to be a love-match.
Nevertheless Ezzelino left his bride on the evening of the betrothal
(September I7th) to start on an expedition against Azzo
d' Este. He took Este itself on ist October, and in the course
of the next year won all Azzo's castles.
With the disappearance of the last restraint on his power,
' Rolandinus, bk. v. c. 23; M. G. H., vol. xix. p. 86.
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