THE BATTLE OF OLIVENTO – NORMAN LOMBARD REVOLT
17th March 1041
This was a battle fought between the Byzantine army and a joint Norman-Lombard force
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.
Close to the Olivento River, Lombardy, Italy
BYZANTINE VARANGIAN GUARD
NORMANS AND LOMBARDS
William Iron Arm
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.
Decisive victory for the Normans
The Normans went on to conquer much of Southern Italy
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