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156 VICENTE PUCHOL SANCHO te, Giacomo Antonelli, stipulated that the request be dealt with urgently by the papal nuncio in Madrid, Monsignor Lorenzo Barili. Which were the reasons for such an unusual request? Which was the context? Why the urgency of the plea? This article seeks to answer those questions through the analysis of the documents and the assessment of the historical background. It was the time when the kingdom of Sardinia annexed the Papal States taking advantage of the Italian unification and independence movement. KEY WORDS: Holy See, Vatican, Artillery, Pontifical Army, Italian Unification * * * * * Revista de Historia Militar, 122 (2017), pp. 156-184. ISSN: 0482-5748


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