- Glossary definition: Great Saxon Revolt
Great Saxon Revolt
(1077 - 1088)

Civil war early in the history of the Holy Roman Empire which was led by a group of German princes who elected Rudolf of Rheinfeld as their king, favoring investiture according to canon law and the concept of elective monarchy. King Henry IV was defeated at the battle of Elster, but Rudolf was mortally injured in the battle, and after his death support for the rebellion evaporated.