Montemaggiore, Battle of, 1041

Byzantine army

THE BATTLE OF MONTEMAGGIORE – NORMAN LOMBARD REVOLT

4th May 1041

SUMMARY

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

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BACKGROUND

This battle was a part of a Norman-Lombard revolt against the Byzantine Empire.

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LOCATION

Close to the Ofanto River, Southern Italy

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BYZANTINE VARANGIAN GUARD

LED BY
Harald Sigurdsson
Michael Doukeianos

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THE LOMBARDS AND NORMANS

LED BY
William Iron Arm
Rainulf Drengot

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THE BATTLE

After their earlier victory in the Battle of Olivento, the Normans had attracted many new soldiers and they were feeling strong and confident. The Normans began the battle by charging at the Byzantine army. Despite having a larger army, the Byzantines were thrown into disarray and were defeated by the Normans.

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RESULT

A decisive Norman victory

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CONSEQUENCE

The Byzantine army was recalled to Constantinople and the Normans went on to conquer much of Southern Italy

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