88. Don Michael Zanche was Seneschal of King Enzo of Sardinia, a
natural son of the Emperor Frederick II. Dante gives him the
title of Don, still used in Sardinia for Signore. After the death
of Enzo in prison at Bologna, in 1271, Don Michael won by fraud
and flattery his widow Adelasia, and became himself Lord of
Logodoro, the northwestern jurisdiction, adjoining that of
The gossip between the Friar and the Seneschal, which is here
described by Ciampolo, recalls the Vision of the Sardinian poet
Araolla, a dialogue between himself and Gavino Sambigucci,
written in the soft dialect of Logodoro, a mixture of Italian,
Spanish, and Latin, and beginning:--
"Dulche, amara memoria de giornadas
Fuggitivas cun doppia pena mia,
Qui quanto pius l'istringo sunt passada."
See Valery, Voyages en Corse et en Sardaigne, II. 410.