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Cansignorio della Scala (5 March 1340 - 10 October 1375) was Lord of Verona from 1359 until 1375, initially together with his brother Paolo Alboino.

Biography

He inherited the lordship of Verona at the death of his father Mastino, together with his brothers Cangrande II and Paolo Alboino. However, Cangrande took the effective reins. Cansignorio plotted against his tyrannic rule and, after having him assassinated, could enter the city in 1359 with the help of the Carraresi of Paduamarker.

Legacy

Before his death in 1375 he had his brother Paolo Alboino (who had been in prison since 1365) assassinated to grant succession to his illegitimate sons Bartolomeo II and Antonio. The latter however were forced by the city's bankrupt to accept the protectorate of Barnabò Visconti.

Despite his ruthless character, Cansignorio ruled Verona quite moderately and enriched it with numerous constructions, including the first masonry bridge on the Adigemarker and the first tower watch in Italy, the Gardello. Cansignorio's tomb is one of the notable Gothic Scaliger tombsmarker in the courtyard of Santa Maria Antica of Verona.

Marriage and children

Cansignorio married Agnes of Durazzo, second daughter of Charles, Duke of Durazzo and Maria of Calabria. Agnes was a younger sister of Joanna, Duchess of Durazzo and an older sister of Margherita of Durazzo, Queen consort of Charles III of Naples.

Their marriage was childless. Cansignorio had three known children, all illegitimates. His daughter Lucia della Scalla married first Cortesia Serego and secondly Bernardino da Polenta, of the ruling family of Ravennamarker. His sons Bartolomeo II della Scala and Antonio I della Scala would succeed as Lords of Verona.




References

  1. Profile of Charles in "Medieval Lands" by Charles Cawley
  2. List of descendants of Alboino I della Scala, including Cansignorio



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