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Rhodes, Anthony, 1916-2004



  • Existence: 1916 - 2004

Biographical Note

Anthony Rhodes was born in Plymouth, England in 1916, and spent his early years at Lucknow and Delhi where his father was stationed. He attended Rugby School (1930-1935) and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst (1935-1937) before moving on to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1939. During World War II, Rhodes joined the Royal Engineers and was sent to France. He chronicled his experiences from the war, including the retreat to Dunkirk in his first book, Sword of Bone (1943). In 1945, he was discharged from the army and became a lecturer on English Literature at Geneva University where he earned a licence ès-lettres in 1952. Rhodes is best known for his three-volume history The Power of Rome in the Twentieth Century. His work, The Vatican in the Age of Dictators 1922-1945 (1973), was the first major defense written in English of Pope Pius XII, earning Rhodes a papal knighthood from Pope Paul VI. Rhodes translated the memoirs of King Hassan II of Morocco from French to English, and became the king's cultural adviser on English matters for seventeen years. Rhodes converted to Roman Catholicism in 1992. He died in 2004.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Anthony Rhodes papers


These papers document the personal and professional activities of British Catholic author Anthony Rhodes, whose writing ranged from travelogues, to poetry, to history. Included are articles, clippings, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, notes, and photographs. Many of the diaries focus on Rhodes's experience during World War II.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1910-2004, undated; Majority of material found within 1939 - 1967