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EZZELINO DA ROMANO AS RULER 79
touch the real culprits, vented his wrath on their innocent fellow-countrymen.
On one day he had all the Paduans in his
army, numbering between ten and twelve thousand, thrust into
prison.' Three years later, on Ezzelino's death, the survivors
were released. They numbered two hundred. The rest had
perished. Such of the garrison of Padua as Ezzelino could
lay hands on he burnt alive. Ansedisio's life was spared,
but he was loaded with heavy fetters and sentenced to imprisonment
By the end of June the whole of the Paduan district and its
castles, with the exception of Monselice, had gone over to the
Legate, and Azzo d' Este had re-taken all his fortresses but
Cerro and Calaone. Ezzelino, however, did not despair of recovering
Padua. He first made an attempt to hamper the city
by cutting off its water-supply, which was principally drawn
from the Bacchiglione. This stream, after passing Vicenza,
divides at Longare into two arms, one of which flows south-east
to Padua, while the other runs at first almost due south through
low-lying ground, then turns east, rounds the south-west end
of the Euganean hills, and so passes by various channels into
the lagoons. Just at the fork, which was in Vicentine territory,
the Vicentines had erected a weir by means of which they
could divert the whole body of water into either arm, and, as may
be imagined, this had led to frequent disputes between them
and the Paduans. Ezzelino now blocked up the stream flowing
to Padua, but the Legate and Azzo d' Este moved out and cut
1 It seems impossible that this could have occurred. The prisons, it would be
thought, could not have provided even standing room for such a vast multitude.
But all the contemporary authorities agree as to the main fact, though those who
give a definite number differ a little among themselves. The majority, Rolandinus,
the Annales Placentini Gibellini, Smeregus, the Annales Mantuani, Fra
Salimbene, and one of the additions to the Chronicle of Rolandinus place the
number at II,ooo. Three others, the Annales Sanctae Justinae, Godus and
Gulielmus Ventura of Asti put it as high as I2,ooo. The Italian version of the
addition to the Chronicle of Rolandinus alone gives o,ooo. Fra Salimbene says
the prisoners were bound hand and foot and all burnt alive, while Ezzelino and
his knights sang and jousted for joy, and later writers have followed him; but
he is evidently confusing the fate of the Paduans in Ezzelino's army with that of
the troops who garrisoned Padua.
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