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1041 Battle of Montemaggiore ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: A defeat of the Byzantines by the Normans 4 May 1041
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Normans, Lombards
Norman Conquest of Southern Italy
Battle Type:
Pitched Battle
The Battlefield Montemaggiore Location:
Montemaggiore, on the Ofanto river, near Cannae in Southeast Italy
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Michael IV the Paphlagonian) The Enemies
Commander: Catepan Michael Doukeianos William d’Hauteville
Background story:
The Battle:
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During a fresh offensive in southern Italy, Norman and Lombard forces beat a Byzantine army at the Olivento (17 March). The Norman William d’Hauteville then attacked again at Montemaggiore, on the Ofanto river, near Cannae. Though the catepan Michael Doukeianus had called up a large Varangian force from Bari, the battle was a rout and many of Michael's soldiers drowned in the Ofanto on the retreat. After the defeat, Michael Doukeianus was relieved of his duties and sent to Sicily. He was replaced by Exaugustus Boioannes, who was also beaten later the same year at Monte Siricolo.