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The Pope's Legion: The Multinational Fighting Force that Defended the Vatican

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With Arthurian grandeur the Papal Zouaves marched into Italy in the mid-nineteenth century, summoned by the Pope under siege as the Wars of the Risorgimento raged. Motivated by wanderlust, a sense of duty and the call of faith, some 20,000 Catholic men from around the world rallied to Vatican City to defend her gates against Sardinian marauders. Volunteers came from France ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Michael Gerald
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If your house is being attacked by armed men, it is only natural to stand your ground and defend it. And if your neighbors come to your aid, the better.

During the Spanish Civil War, volunteers from around the world trooped to Spain to defend the Spanish Republic from right-wing rebels: they were called the International Brigades. But this international force was preceded by another multi-national group that rallied to the defense of the Catholic Church that was then being persecuted by Italians
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M2
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just picked up my friend from Southern California, Charles Coloumbe's, new book, "The Pope's Legion: The Multinational Fighting Force that Defended the Vatican." It's about the all-but-forgotten history of a war that raged for a decade in the 19th century on the Italian peninsula before unification and the Zouave (look it up) soldiers who defended the Pope. It's not for everyone: Chas. is a Catholic writer (he writes often for the Vatican press and is a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Seb ...more
Fredrick Danysh
After the Middle Ages and the Protestant Reformation, many European powers sought control of the Papal States in Italy. The popes had small armies of Catholic faithful for their defense. The Papal Zouaves served in these armies. Under pope Pius IX , between 1850 and 1860, numerous forces invaded The Papal States in order to wrest these provinces from the Church as well as dictate how the Church would operate. I found this work very interesting, especially its close attention to many of the parti ...more
Roger Buck
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing Coulombe does so very well is to evoke how very different the past really was. That people could live - and die - for an entirely different dream than that of our soulless secular civilisation today.

Great book! Have a much longer review of it here with quotes :http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2011/...
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