Wednesday, May 6, 2015

This Day in History: The Sack of Rome

This Day in History: May 6

May 6, 1527: The Sack of Rome

Forty thousand mercenaries, hired by Cardinal Pompeo Colonna, sacked the city of Rome. They destroyed two-thirds of the houses, killing, wounding and exiling 45,000 people. They butchered clergy and laity alike, and forced Clement VII, disguised as a gardener, to flee for his life. 

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