Olivento, Battle of, 1041

Olivento

THE BATTLE OF OLIVENTO – NORMAN LOMBARD REVOLT

17th March 1041

SUMMARY

This was a battle fought between the Byzantine army and a joint Norman-Lombard force

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BACKGROUND

Arduin the Lombard was a former member of the Byzantine army who had decided to ally himself with the Normans. It was agreed that if victorious land in the Lombard region would be split between Arduin the Lombard and the Normans.

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LOCATION

Close to the Olivento River, Lombardy, Italy

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BYZANTINE VARANGIAN GUARD

LED BY
Harald Sigurdsson
Michael Doukeianos

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NORMANS AND LOMBARDS

LED BY

William Iron Arm

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THE BATTLE

The Byzantines made several attacks on the Norman lines but all were withstood. The Normans then made a counter-attack which included a cavalry charge that the Byzantines could not withstand.

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RESULT

Decisive victory for the Normans

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CONSEQUENCE

The Normans went on to conquer much of Southern Italy

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