Charles A. Coulombe

Charles A. Coulombe (born 8 November 1960) is a prominent American Catholic historian, author, journalist, lecturer, and occasional researcher into the supernatural.

Born in New York City, Coulombe moved with his parents and older brother to Hollywood, California at age 6. A product of L.A.’s parochial schools, he attended college at New Mexico Military Institute and California State University, Northridge, majoring in political Science.

After spending three years as a stand-up comic on the Sunset Strip, Coulombe authored his first book, Everyman Today Call Rome, a look at the Catholic Church in America from an under-30 viewpoint. To date, the book has sold well in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. In 1990, some of his poetry was published in The White Cockade. Coulombe’s work has appeared in more than 20 journals, including regular columns in Fidelity of Australia, PRAG of London, Monarchy Canada, and Creole of Louisiana. A contributing editor and regular movie reviewer to the National Catholic Register, he has also been a frequent contributor to such publications as Success, Catholic Twin Circle, Gnosis, FATE and New Oxford Review.

Lecturing on a wide variety of religious, political, historical, and literary topics has taken him throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In August 1992, he spoke at Oxford University, England. In October 1993 he embarked on a lecture tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England. The following year he returned to the latter two nations, and in 1995 spoke at Oxford and Cambridge. Coulombe has lectured repeatedly at the University of Southern California on the history of rock and roll, and at Cleveland’s John Carroll University on medieval monarchy. He has acted as a media consultant on all things Catholic, especially the history of the Papacy.

Coulombe serves as Western U.S. Delegate of the Grand Council of the U.K.-based Monarchist League, a board member of the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust, and is a member of the Newman Club of Los Angeles, the Catholic Writer’s Guild of Great Britain (the Keys) and the Royal Stuart Society. As a child, he lived with his parents in a house owned by the TV psychic known as The Amazing Criswell, through whom he met the now-famous film-maker, Edward D. Wood, Jr. In February 2011, Coulombe traveled toOxford University to debate at the Oxford Union in defence of Monarchy.

Coulombe’s latest book is The Pope’s Legion. This is a detailed history of the Papal Zouaves the international volunteer force who fought in defence of the Papal states under Pope Pius IX.  Bibliography:


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