It and the whole of the Piazza, then but a third of its present area, were enclosed by a strong wall with Ghibelline battlements.
The town was fairly torn up with these nursery Guelph and Ghibelline wars.
The death-struggle between Guelph and Ghibelline had reached its highest crest.
But this epoch of Ghibelline prepotency in Tuscany was brief.
Consequently he had great influence with the people, was a Ghibelline and the declared enemy of Florence.
After all, what was the difference between Guelf and Ghibelline?
Rome is as Ghibelline at this hour as if the Pope had lived forever at Viterbo!
The enmity between these two may have had a Guelph and Ghibelline origin.
He had resolved to reconcile the Guelf and Ghibelline factions.
The ablest writer of the Ghibelline party was Marsilius of Padua.
adherent of the emperor in medieval Italy, 1570s, from German Waiblingen, seat of the Hohenstaufens in Württemberg. The name was said to have been used as a rallying cry by partisans of Conrad III at the Battle of Weinsberg (1140). See Guelph.