Battle of Mellrichstadt

Battle of Mellrichstadt was fought between Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV and the German anti-king Rudolf of Swabia on August 7, 1078 near Mellrichstadt.

Battle of Mellrichstadt
Part of the Great Saxon Revolt
DateAugust 7, 1078
Result Inconclusive[1]
Henry IV Rudolf of Swabia


Henry's army met the army of Rudolf's Saxon allies before they could meet up with the Swabians. In the confusion, one Saxon force including the bishop of Merseburg and Rudolf fled as soon as the armies met.[2] They were harassed by the local people of the district while they fled home. Elsewhere, the Saxons under Otto of Nordheim and Frederick of Sommerschenburg bested their opponents and chased them in the direction of Würzburg. On his return, he found another army occupying the field. When his scouts did not return, he assumed it was the enemy and returned home, not knowing that it was a Saxon contingent.[3]


  1. Germany under Henry IV and Henry V, Z.N. Brooke, The Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. V, 140.
  2. Robinson, I. S. Henry IV of Germany 1056-1106. Cambridge University Press. p. 350. ISBN 0-521-54590-0.
  3. Gillingham, John. "4 An Age of Expansion". In Maurice Hugh Keen (ed.). Medieval Warfare: A History. Oxford University Press. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-19-820639-9. Retrieved 18 January 2009.

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