The Pope's Army 500 Years of the Papal Swiss Guard

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The Pope's Army 500 Years of the Papal Swiss Guard by Royal, Robert, 9780824523954
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  • ISBN: 9780824523954 | 0824523954
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/1/2006

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With the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the world witnessed the pomp and honor of the Swiss Guard, the "Pope's Army." Now best-selling author and Crisis columnist Robert Royal takes us through the colorful 500-year history of the military guard that has witnessed every major Vatican event for half a millennium. Topics include: origins; five hundred years of fortitude; the Medici Popes; the sack of Rome; siege, dissolution, rebirth and the Napoleonic war; the unification of Italy; the Pope's imprisonment; two World Wars; the Nazi occupation of Rome.

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