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The Pope's Army: 500 Years of the Papal Swiss Guard [Hardcover]

By Robert Royal (Author)
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With the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the world again witnessed the pomp and honor of the Swiss Guard, the Pope's Army. Bestselling author and columnist Royal recounts the colorful history of the military guard that has witnessed every major Vatican event for half a millennium.

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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.84" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   The Crossroad Publishing Company
ISBN  0824523954  
ISBN13  9780824523954  

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More About Robert Royal

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Royal is the author of TheCatholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century and Dante Alighieri. He is editor in chief of The Catholic Thing, an online publication he founded with Michael Novak; the president of the Faith and Reason Institute, based in Washington, DC; the graduate dean of Catholic Distance University; and a member of the board of directors of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. He has taught at Brown University, Rhode Island College, and the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC."

Robert Royal was born in 1949.

Robert Royal has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Crossroad Spiritual Legacy
  2. Library of Religious Biography
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1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Italy > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Italy
3Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Switzerland
4Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Vatican
5Books > Subjects > History > Military > General
6Books > Subjects > History > Military
7Books > Subjects > History > World > General
8Books > Subjects > History > World
9Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > General
10Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > Roman Catholicism
11Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > Church History

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Pope's Army: 500 Years of the Papal Swiss Guard?

Yes the Swiss Guard around the Pope seem rather medieval in their uniforms, but their history and their training is far from uninteresting. This short but fascinating book gives the highlights of their foundation, their history and their present place in the life of the most influential religious leader in the world. Well worth reading and well worth gaining respect for an elite group of young men.
Could have been better  Jul 17, 2006
How I wish I could write a positive review of this book. Unfortuately, I cannot. This book starts out great and then becomes so bogged down with names, battles, and other details that it loses sight of its topic--the Papal Swiss Guard. There are no pictures, maps, timelines or other visual aids that would help the struggling reader, other than a small color spread of photos in the center of the book. I enjoy reading non-fiction books and I love studying the history of the Catholic Church, but this is the kind of book that causes people to hate reading history. Dry, boring with no sense of narrative. It was a struggle to get through it and I only did because I am very interested in the subject. The only section worth reading was the period about the Vatican during World War II. Maybe one of these days a writer will write a book about the Swiss Guard that is enjoyable as well as informative. This one "ain't it."
Excellent history of a colourful and very special bodyguard  Jul 11, 2006
This book is a small treasure for anyone who wants to have a glimpse into the long history of the Papal Swiss Guard. This bodyguard of mercenaries was created in 1506 and 19 years later suffered its greatest challenge, when it defended the Pope against the imperial troops of Charles V and lost 147 of its 189 members. The dreadfull sack of Rome was not enough though for the Papal Swiss Guard to eclipse from history and a few years later it was again on duty. Robert Royal presents this long journey through time in an eloquent way, embellishing it with many little known episodes and painting unforgettable portraits of the various commanders of that small but dedicated mercenary group (it has traditionally the status of a regiment despite its company size). Also useful, is the description of the present day Swiss Guard, the criteria for anyone wishing to become a member and the many changes that modern times have bring to its training, armament and duties. The book includes a section of 12 color photographs. Highly recommended to anyone interested in this colourful subject!
An in-depth study of the Swiss Guard's five-hundred year service to the Pope and the Vatican  May 6, 2006
The Pope's Army: 500 Years Of The Papal Swiss Guard, by Robert Royal (President of the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington D.C.) is an in-depth study of the Swiss Guard's five-hundred year service to the Pope and the Vatican. Informatively taking the reader through the Medici Popes, the sack of the Roman Empire, medieval sieges, the Napoleonic War, the unification of Italy, the imprisonment of the Pope, World War I and II, the resistance to the Nazi s, and collective information on more recent Popes, The Pope's Army is an invaluable documentation of the Vatican City and the Popes with respect to the dedicated military guard serving to protect of the papal well-being and safety for last the five-hundred years. The Pope's Army is very informative and strongly recommended reading.

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