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A Dying Craft

Suiting up the Swiss Guard: Austrian blacksmiths practice vanishing craft for Vatican guards


Austrian blacksmiths who produce ceremonial suits of armor for the Vatican’s Swiss Guards are close to the end of their current deal to do so, and say supplying the suits will not be an issue for many years to come.

One of the drawbacks of the Swiss Guards’ medieval uniforms is that the craftsmanship needed to make them is disappearing.

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MaximilianApril 11, 2017 3:09 AM UTC

Hi James!

These medieval "Zombies" where called Wiedergänger:

Bought your book the Boned Zone and love it! Looking for some more books of yours!

responds:April 11, 2017 9:05 AM UTC

Thank you Maximilian,

And if you ever get back into the presidential palace in Mexico in this lifetime, give me a call—I'm finally wide enough to make a good meat shield—and above all, Don't Get Boned!