Incisione raffigurante il doge Giovanni II Partecipazio.

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With the consent of the people, he chose first his brother Pietro as co-ruler and on the latter's death his other brother, Orso junior.

Giovanni organised an expedition against Marino, Count of Comacchio, 'putting to fire and sword the surrounding territory as far as Ravenna', to avenge his own brother: Count Marino, having learned that Pietro, the doge's brother, was on his way to Rome to ask the pope to govern Comacchio in his stead, had captured him and sent him back to Venice mortally wounded.

For his attack on Comacchio, the doge drew the excommunication of Pope Adr

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