Charles A. Coulombe
Charles A. Coulombe is a prominent American Catholic historian, author, journalist, lecturer, and occasional researcher into the supernatural
The supernatural or is that which is not subject to the laws of nature, or more figuratively, that which is said to exist above and beyond nature...



Born in New York City
New York City
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, 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
New Mexico Military Institute
New Mexico Military Institute is a state-supported educational institution. NMMI is located in Roswell, New Mexico, United States. It is sometimes referred to as the West Point of the West and it is the only state-supported military college located in the western United States. NMMI includes a...

 and California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge is a public university in Northridge, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, United States....

, majoring in political Science
Political science
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After spending three years as a stand-up comic on the Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
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, Coulombe authored his first book, Everyman Today Call Rome, a look at the Catholic Church in America
Roman Catholicism in the United States
The Catholic Church in the United States is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, the Christian Church in full communion with the Pope. With more than 68.5 registered million members, it is the largest single religious denomination in the United States, comprising about 22 percent of the population...

 from an under-30 viewpoint. To date, the book has sold well in the United States, Great Britain
Great Britain
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, Canada
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, Australia
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, New Zealand
New Zealand
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, and South Africa
South Africa
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. 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
Contributing editor
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 and regular movie reviewer to the National Catholic Register
National Catholic Register
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, he has also been a frequent contributor to such publications as Success
SUCCESS (magazine)
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, Catholic Twin Circle, Gnosis
Gnosis (magazine)
Gnosis was an American magazine published from 1985 to 1999, devoted to the western esoteric tradition.Gnosis was published by the Lumen Foundation, a non-profit organization incorporated in California by Jay Kinney and Dixie Tracy-Kinney. It had offices in San Francisco. 5,000 copies were...

, FATE and New Oxford Review
New Oxford Review
The New Oxford Review is a magazine of Roman Catholic cultural and theological commentary, founded in 1977 as an Anglo-Catholic magazine in the Anglican tradition. In 1983, the magazine officially "converted" to Roman Catholicism. The magazine championed Pope John Paul II's condemnation of...


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 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
Rock and roll
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, and at Cleveland's John Carroll University on medieval monarchy
A monarchy is a form of government in which the office of head of state is usually held until death or abdication and is often hereditary and includes a royal house. In some cases, the monarch is elected...

. He has acted as a media consultant
Media consultant
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 on all things Catholic, especially the history of the Papacy
History of the Papacy
The history of the papacy, the office held by the Pope as head of the Catholic Church, spans from the time of Saint Peter to present day.During the Early Church, the bishops of Rome enjoyed no temporal power until the time of Constantine...


Coulombe serves as Western U.S. Delegate of the Grand Council of the U.K.-based Monarchist League
International Monarchist League
The International Monarchist League is an organisation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the monarchical system of government and the principle of monarchy worldwide...

, and is a member of both the Catholic Writer's Guild of Great Britain (the Keys) and the Royal Stuart Society
Royal Stuart Society
The Royal Stuart Society, founded in 1926, is the senior monarchist organisation and the foremost Jacobite and Legitimist body in the United Kingdom...

. As a child, he lived with his parents in a house owned by the TV psychic known as The Amazing Criswell
The Amazing Criswell
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, through whom he met the now-famous film-maker, Edward D. Wood, Jr. In February 2011, Coulombe will travel Oxford University to debate at the Oxford Union
Oxford Union
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 in defence of Monarchy.

Coulombe's latest book is The Pope's Legion. This is a detailed history of the Papal Zouaves
Papal Zouaves
The Papal Zouaves were an infantry force formed in defence of the Papal States.-Origin:The Zouaves evolved out of a unit formed by Christophe Léon Louis Juchault de Lamoricière...

 the international volunteer force who fought in defence of the Papal states under Pope Pius IX.


  • Platonic Realist
    Platonic realism
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  • Monarchist
    A monarchy is a form of government in which the office of head of state is usually held until death or abdication and is often hereditary and includes a royal house. In some cases, the monarch is elected...

  • Catholicism
    Roman Catholic Church
    The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the world's largest Christian church, with over a billion members. Led by the Pope, it defines its mission as spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, administering the sacraments and exercising charity...

  • quote from the Takimag article "Learning to Love the French":
My mother’s heritage made me sympathetic to Austria and the greater Germanic Catholic world as well. In time, what united the world’s various Catholic (and in truth, as I would discover, Orthodox as well) cultures was far greater than what divided them.

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