Mastino II della Scala
Statue of Mastino II della Scala. Once located on the top of his tomb, one of the Scaliger Tombs, it is now in the Castelvecchio Museum at Verona.
Born1308
Verona
Died(1351-06-03)3 June 1351
Verona
Noble familyScaliger
Spouse(s)Taddea da Carrara
FatherAlboino I della Scala
MotherBeatrice da Correggio

Mastino II della Scala (1308 – 3 June 1351) was lord of Verona. He was a member of the famous Scaliger family of Northern Italy.

He was the son of Alboino I della Scala and Beatrice da Correggio. At the death of Cangrande I, he and his brother Alberto II were associated with the rule of Verona. Soon, however, Mastino's independent attitude overshadowed his brother's presence. In the first part of his reign, abandoning the careful policy of balance held by his father, he conquered Brescia (1332), Parma (1335) in Lombardy and Lucca (1335) in Tuscany.

However, the extension of Mastino's power spurred the creation of the League of all the other local powers (Florence, Siena, Bologna, Perugia and Venice). In the first year of war, he managed to resist, but in 1336 the League was joined by Azzone Visconti of Milan, the Este of Ferrara, the Gonzaga of Mantua and the Papal States. Surrounded by every side, he could only ask for a treaty of peace through the intermediation of Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria, which he obtained in 1339. His territories were restricted to Verona and Vicenza, the remaining part split among the victorious enemies.

An attempt to recover part of his lands with the German mercenaries that had remained in Vicenza after the war, led by Lodrisio Visconti, was unsuccessful.

He died in Verona in 1351. He is buried in the Gothic mausoleum near the church of Santa Maria Antica, in one of the Scaliger Tombs.

Family

In 1328 he married Taddea da Carrara (daughter of Jacopo I of Padua) and Anna Gradenigo (daughter of Pietro Gradenigo). She gave him the following three legitimate sons and two daughters:

His illegitimate children include:

References


Mastino II della Scala ScaligerBorn: 1308 Died: 3 June 1351 Preceded byCangrande I della Scala Lord of Verona and Vicenza 1329–1351With Alberto II Succeeded byAlberto II della Scala Lord of PaduaWith Alberto II 1329–1337 Succeeded byMarsilio da Carrara