A history of Verona, by A. M. Allen. Edited by Edward Armstrong, with twenty illustrations and three maps. Page: 99 of 493
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80 A HISTORY OF VERONA
Ezzelino, however, did not move yet His intention was
to collect an overwhelmingly large force and storm Padua and
crush the Legate at one blow. So all July and August he
remained in Verona, organizing the local levies, and hiring
mercenaries from every possible source. This delay was a great
mistake, as it gave the Paduans time to put the city into a
proper state of defence. They brought up reinforcements from
Mantua and Ferrara. They repaired the breaches in the walls.
They deepened the moat on the south-eastern side of the city,
where it was shallow, and strengthened it with a new rampart.
Three hundred paces from the western wall they dug a deep
trench, three miles long, and backed it with a strong palisade.
One by one all the Guelph leaders collected in the city, the Legate,
Azzo d' Este, Ludovico di S. Bonifacio (whose father
Rizardo had lately died), and Gregory, Patriarch of Aquileia.
To inspire his followers with courage the Legate took up his
quarters in the Abbey of S. Benedetto between the city walls
and the new trench.
In two months Ezzelino's preparations were at last finished,
and a few days before the end of August he led a large army
out of Verona. On his way he despatched a force of Vicentines
to seize Montegalda and so cut off the Paduan retreat in that
direction. The castle surrendered almost at once, but Ezzelino
had the whole of the garrison blinded, for their insolence in offering
any resistance, however short.
This act of cruelty was meant to intimidate the Paduans,
but only strengthened their determination to hold out to the
very last. On reaching Padua, Ezzelino found his road blocked
by the new trench and palisade. He spent two days in a vain
attempt to storm the barrier. Then by taunts and jeers at
their cowardice he tried to sting the Paduans into coming out
to meet him in the open field. The Paduans, however, refused
to stir, so Ezzelino next made a ddtour to the south-east side of
the city, where he had been told that the moat was fordable, and
tried to scale the walls close to the Porta S. Croce, but it was
just here that the Paduans had deepened the moat and erected
the new rampart, and so the assault was a failure. Finding
that he could not carry the city by storm, and not being pre-
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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/m1/99/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .