He was, however, delivered from his captors by a ruse on the part of his friend, Sir William Kirkcaldy of Grange, and was brought into Edinburgh Castle, while his trial was put off because the city was thronged with his adherents.
Then, in May 1248, came the tidings of Enzio's capture by the Bolognese, and of his hopeless imprisonment, the captors refusing all offers of ransom.
It is said that he was subjected to the greatest insults by his captors, and that after his death his skin was stuffed with straw and preserved as a trophy in the chief Persian temple.
After spending four years with his new captors, he was ransomed by a fellow-countryman, a merchant of the tribe of Issachar.
He was himself taken prisoner by a Thracian band, and provoked his captors, who were ignorant of his identity, to put him to death.