Siege of Taormina (1078)

The Siege of Taormina in 1078 was one of the final acts in the Norman conquest of Sicily.[1]

The Norman Count of Sicily, Roger I, after storming Castronovo, turned to the conquest of the Val Demone region. The Normans laid siege to Taormina by constructing 22 wooden forts around it in circumvallation. The Norman army divided into four contingents, commanded by Otto the Aleramid, probably the uncle of Adelaide del Vasto, the illegitimate son of the Count, Jordan, the Norman Arisgot du Pucheuil, and Elias Cartomensis, a Muslim from Cártama who converted to Christianity. Nevertheless, the Arabs resisted for some time, before capitulating.


  1. ^ Società Siciliana di Storia Patria (1873). Archivio storico siciliano (in Italian). Società Siciliana per la storia patria. p. 237. Retrieved 13 September 2018. Taormina affamata si arrese nell'agosto del 1078, dopo cinque mesi di assedio.