China: Martyred in 1900 by the Boxers, a Bishop’s Siege Defense of Cathedral

Catholic Herald, Charles Coulombe: One of the most dramatic episodes in history, the siege of the foreign legations in Beijing during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, gave birth to an equally dramatic film, 55 Days at Peking. As thrilling a tale in fact as on screen, the story of how 900 European, American, and Japanese soldiers, marines, and civilians (many of the latter women and children), and about 2,800 Chinese Christians held out for almost two months against overwhelming odds is a stirring record of human accomplishment. Account is here.