The Pope's Army
The Pope's Army

The Pope's Army

500 Years of the Papal Swiss Guard


224 Pages, 5.25 x 8.25

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Paperback, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9780824520588

Price: $24.95


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.