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Vatican Security letter to the Army of Philip II

 Item — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8495

Content Description

Letter from the security at the Vatican to the army of Philip II. The Church gives the names of people traveling Europe and preaching revolutionary ideas about freedom of religion. The nation of Spain is blessed because of its faith to the church. At the bottom of the document the secretary of Philip II put the King's symbols as a sign of approval. Dated 1563.


  • 1563


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Vatican Security letter to the Army of Philip II must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Vatican City. Guardia svizzera pontificia (1506-) is in charge of protecting the Catholic pope and Vatican City in Rome.

Vatican Security has changed greatly throughout time. One of the largest groups in charge of Vatican security is the Pontifical Swiss Guard. In 1506 Pope Julius II recruited Swiss mercenaries to become the Pontifical Swiss Guard for the Papal States. They continue to perform that function today and all recruits have special requirements. All recruits must be Catholic, unmarried males with Swiss citizenship who have completed basic training in the Swiss Army, be between the ages 19 and 30, and at least 174 cm (5 ft 9 in) in height. Other armed forces have been hired on and off for Vatican City, including, the Palatine Guard and the Noble Guard, which both were disbanded in 1970 by Pope Paul VI.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Items seem to have been purchased as a set with the Picenardi family papers (MSS 769).


Item marked as document 56.


1 letter : vellum ; 25 x 66 cm.


Description based on vendor catalog.

Processing Information

Processed; Erin Owens; June 2015.

Register of Vatican Security letter to the Army of Philip II
Erin Owens
2015 June 17
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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Brigham Young University
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