This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...came when the emperor tried to carry out that clause which gave him the Renewal of right to nominate the magistrates of the cities, the conflict The smaller communes, less able to resist and in Lombard?, half-welcoming a support against the hegemony of Milan, allowed the imperial deputies to direct their elections, but Milan, falling back upon previous negotiations which it declared superior to the Roncaglian agreements, resisted. The cooler heads tried to mediate, but the mass of the people, the really active political force in the city, broke out anew into furious protests of independence. The imperial messengers were driven out of the city and every DESTRUCTION OF MILAN. 301 preparation was made for a vigorous defense. The emperor on his side saw plainly that the time for paper declarations had passed and that nothing but force could decide the questions at issue. He utilized the jealousy of the lesser cities as far as he could to raise money, got together a large army and went into a regular siege of Milan. The city resisted with the energy of a community that is fighting for a great principle and knows that defeat means ruin. It was not until the late spring of 1162 that the citizens, conquered by famine, finally, after long negotiations, surrendered unconditionally. The verdict of the emperor's council was for,. the total destruction of Milan; and in this Destruction 1 of Milan. decision the lesser communes not only heartily 1 concurred, but lent their hands to the work with all the zeal of a petty revenge. A great part of the buildings were destroyed, a part of the walls leveled, only the churches and some of the public buildings spared. Extermination of the inhabitants seems not to have been thought of, but rather that Milan should be made forever i...
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