Papal States

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Pa·pal States

 (pā′pəl)
A group of territories in central Italy ruled by the popes from 754 until 1870. They were originally given to the papacy by Pepin the Short and reached their greatest extent in 1859. The last papal state—the Vatican City—was formally established as a separate state by the Lateran Treaty of 1929.
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Papal States

pl n
(Historical Terms) the temporal domain of the popes in central Italy from 756 ad until the unification of Italy in 1870. Also called: States of the Church
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Pa′pal States′


n.pl.
the areas in central Italy ruled by the popes from a.d. 755 until the unification of Italy in 1870. Also called States of the Church.
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Noun1.Papal States - the temporal dominions belonging to the pope (especially in central Italy)
Italia, Italian Republic, Italy - a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD
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Papal States

pl (Hist) → Kirchenstaat m
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A) The Lafayette Escadrille (serving France) B) The American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) C) The Eagle Squadron D) Les Zouaves du Canada (Pontifaux Zouaves): Formed in 1867, they supported the Pope against incursions into papal territory. Of more than 400 volunteers, eight died.
Even as they built their great palace as their headquarters in Avignon, the popes continued their efforts to regain control of papal territory in central Italy, the cost of which ate up the lion's share of their revenue.
The recovery of papal territory is featured in the Battle of San Ruffillo, perhaps in honor of the Bolognese pope Gregory XlII.