An impressively comprehensive account of a subject which is a lesser known part of the history of the Roman Church for many readers. The colourful Vatican’s Swiss Guards may be a familiar part of the impression left with visitors to Rome but the history behind them and their duties beyond the ceremonial is a fascinating story – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: The Pope's Army, The Papacy in Diplomacy and War FILE: R2944 AUTHOR: John Carr PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 152 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Vatican City, City State, Papal Authority, self-defence, intelligence services, mercenaries, Swiss Guard, Popes at war, armed threats, Fall of Rome, Medieval period, religious war, power blocks, Holy Roman Emperor
IMAGE: B2944.jpg BUYNOW: tinyrl.com/yxunutho LINKS: DESCRIPTION: An impressively comprehensive account of a subject which is a lesser known part of the history of the Roman Church for many readers. The colourful Vatican's Swiss Guards may be a familiar part of the impression left with visitors to Rome but the history behind them and their duties beyond the ceremonial is a fascinating story – Very Highly Recommended Religions change over time as part of the wider changes in society. For much of the last 2,000 year history of the Roman Church has been a formidable political and military power with its own troops and intelligence officers. In the beginning, the Christian Church in Rome was an underground religion, literally existing in the catacombs under the city. As it developed it came out into the light and subject to the external forces in the same way as any other citizens of Rome. Pope Innocent I tried to avert the sack of Rome by the Visigoths and the history of the armed Church, and its growing political power, began roughly from 410. In 1870, Pope Pius IX was abandoned by the French Army and the new Italian state forced submission to its power. Between 410 and 1870, the succession of Popes had a close involvement in politics and military power no different from other princes and kings of the times. There were also little-known battles in the late 19th Century between papal volunteers, from all over Europe and America, and the Italian nationalists who ultimately prevailed. The fortunes of Popes waxed and waned down the centuries and some led troops in battle. The papal armies survived even though their numbers and effectiveness may have varied, with a several of Popes being controlled by secular monarchs. Much of this history is little known and this book is illuminating and enjoyable. There is an interesting selection of images in the photo-plate section to support the very readable text.