Wolfsmund Gaiden 14.5
The Roman Pope and the Swiss Guards
Ok, thus concludes volume 4! Woo.
Volume 5 is a bit lighter on words, but it'll still take a while. I probably won't get it done by the end of the month, but it's the last volume before we're caught up with the series so I'm gonna be trying to get it done soon, then move onto other projects as we wait for V6 to come out sometime probably around Fall.
[Wolfsmund 14.5 Translation by Kewl0210]
Title: Extra Story
The Roman Pope and the Swiss Guards
Narration: The beginning of the 16th Century. The Renaissance Era, the Age of Discovery.
The people of the Alps that became known as the Swiss after their lands became independent
became known throughout Europe
as the strongest group of Mercenaries.
At this time, Germany was the Holy Roman Empire and the House of Hapsburg dominated the ranks of the emperor.
Bottom Right Box: Holy Roman Emperor
( Also Spanish King Carlos I )
Narration: And they created a vast empire which had territory all over the world.
The Emperor competed with the King of France over sovereignty over Italy.
Top Left Box: Roman Pope Clement VII
Narration: As a sanction against the Roman Pope whom had formed an alliance with the King of France, in 1527 he dispatched an army to Rome.
Narration: The Emperor's Army entered the city of Rome
and invaded the Apostolic Palace in order to arrest the Pope.
Guy: You must be mad.
If you stop here
it's certain that you'll all be slaughtered.
Guy: Clinging to our lives and exposing our employers to hardships
would be a disgrace to all people of the mountains.
I will gladly accept
Narration: At that time, less than 190 Swiss Mercenaries were hired by the Pope as a guard.
And of them, 42 sieged Castel Sant'Angelo with the Pope.
And the remaining hundred and fifty or so defended against the enemy of several thousand that had been chasing after them.
Narration: In this era, wars in Eastern Europe were fought exclusively using mercenaries.
The Emperor's Army was made up of German mercenaries called the Landsknecht.
They were a violent and wild group that fought with a savage valor which struck fear into the hearts of the people of Italy.
Land: Clear the way.
Do that, and we'll let you live.
Guy: Hmph... Ya'd best not look down on us,
Narration: The Emperor's Army failed to capture the Pope.
And after much slaughter and pillaging, they withdrew.
I is said that in this battle
142 men, that is 3 out of every 4 Swiss mercenary soldiers, died in battle.
Pope: I doubt there are any warriors
as honest and brave as these............
The church will never
Narration: Since then, the Vatican continued to hire the Swiss as guards.
This tradition continues to the present day.
In Vatican City, located within Italy, tourists that visit St. Peter's Basilica
can see soldiers wearing beautiful Renaissance-style uniforms.
They are the descendants of the first Swiss mercenaries that died protecting the Pope in the 16th Century.
There were writers that seriously believed that these uniforms were first created by Michelangelo
but it seems that they were actually designed in the early 20th century by the guards themselves.
Bottom: Extra Story End
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