|1041||Battle of Monte Siricolo||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||A defeat of the Byzantines by the Normans||3 September 1041|
|War & Enemy:||
Norman Conquest of Southern Italy
|The Battlefield|| Location:
Monte Siricolo, near Montepeloso
| Modern Country:
|The Byzantines(emperor: Michael IV the Paphlagonian)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||Catepan Exaugustus Boioannes|
|Background story:||Exaugustus Boiannes, replaced Michael Doukeianos as catepan of Italy, after the latter's disgrace in defeat at Montemaggiore on May 4. Boioannes did not have the levies and reinforcements that Doukeianos had at his command. He arrived only with a Varangian contingent. Boioannes decided on trying to isolate the Lombard rebels in Melfi by camping near Montepeloso.
The Normans sortied from Melfi and camped on the Monte Siricolo, near Montepeloso. They captured a convoy of livestock meant for the Greek camp and forced a battle. Boioannes was defeated and captured. The Normans, as mere mercenaries, turned the captive catepan over to the Lombard leader Atenulf in Benevento. The latter accepted a large payment in return for the catepan's liberation and promptly kept the entire ransom for himself. Boioannes was free, but not in command any longer.
|Aftermath:||After the defeats by the Normans, Constantinople sent George Maniakes who was avenged in 1042 at Monopoli.|