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Cangrande II della Scala

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Spouse(s)  Elizabeth of Bavaria
Name  Cangrande della
Mother  Taddea de Carrara
Children  Guglielmo della Scala

Father  Mastino II della Scala
Parents  Mastino II della Scala
Noble family  Scaliger
Role  Lords of Verona
Cangrande II della Scala
Born  8 June 1332 Verona (1332-06-08)
Died  14 December 1359(1359-12-14) Verona
Assassinated  December 14, 1359, Verona, Italy
Grandchildren  Brunoro della Scala, Paolo della Scala, Nikodemus della Scala

Grandparents  Alboino I della Scala
Great-grandparents  Alberto I della Scala

Cangrande II della Scala (8 June 1332 – 14 December 1359) was Lord of Verona from 1351 until his death.

In 1351, after the death of his father Mastino II della Scala, he inherited the lordship of Verona and Vicenza, initially (until 1352) under the regency of his uncle Antonio. In 1350 he married Elizabeth, daughter of Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria and Margaret II, Countess of Hainault.

Cangrande, nicknamed Can Rabbioso ("Raging Dog") ruled Verona with iron fist, amassing rich treasures for his illegitimate sons and impoverishing the city. This caused internal strifes which led the suspicious Cangrande to surround himself with Brandenburg mercenaries. This did not prevent him being assassinated by his brother Cansignorio, who, with the help of the Carraresi of Padua, succeeded him.

Cangrande had a castle and a fortified bridge built in the town (see Castelvecchio and Castelvecchio Bridge) in order to grant him a safe place and a safe escape route towards Germany in the event of revolt against him in the city.

Among his children were:

  • Antonia della Scala (died 1400), married to Mastino Visconti, son of Bernabò Visconti and Beatrice Regina della Scala.
  • Cleofa della Scala (died 1403), married to Giammastino Visconti, younger brother of Mastino.
  • References

    Cangrande II della Scala Wikipedia

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