Swiss Guard


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Swiss Guard

n.
A member of a corps of soldiers of Swiss birth employed at the Vatican as bodyguards to the pope.

Swiss Guard

n
1. (Military) the bodyguard of the pope, recruited from Swiss nationals
2. (Military) a member of this bodyguard
3. (Historical Terms) one of a group of Swiss mercenaries who acted as bodyguards to the French kings: destroyed in the Revolution

Swiss′ Guard′


n.
a member of a corps of Swiss bodyguards protecting the pope.
[1690–1700]
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On the evening before, they had scarcely seen each other for a moment at the apartment of the Swiss guard, Germain, whither D'Artagnan had sent for her.
First, then, they went, I don't know where, for a number of lay figures, of all heights and sizes, hoping there would be one to suit mine, but the largest - that of the drum-major of the Swiss guard - was two inches too short, and a half foot too narrow in the chest.
You are as much mercenaries (sincere mercenaries, I grant) as were the men of the Swiss Guard.
Orders had just been given to the royal guards and the Swiss guards, not only to stand firm, but to send out patrols to the streets of Saint Denis and Saint Martin, where the people thronged and where they were the most vociferous, when the mayor of Paris was announced at the Palais Royal.
In fact, about four o'clock they were all concentrated about the Palais Royal, the courts and ground floors of which were filled with musketeers and Swiss guards, and there awaited the outcome of all this disturbance.
While the film is long on visuals, there's not much information about how one becomes a Swiss Guard, how long guards serve, or even why However, if the film gets a U.
4) The Swiss Guard who died to a man defending Louis XVI of France in 1792.
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A former Swiss Guard who has penned a memoir on the leadership qualities of St.
A day after the Italian cabinet approved new security measures because of fears of a terrorist spillover from the chaos engulfing Libya, the head of the Vatican's Swiss Guard confirmed additional precautions had been taken to ensure the safety of Pope Francis.
Having a "funereal face" and being too "rigid, tough and arrogant," especially toward underlings -- a possible reference to the recently relieved Swiss Guard commander said to have been too tough on recruits for Francis' tastes.
As the Swiss Guard in his multi-coloured Renaissance uniform and feathered helmet stood to attention, the 77-year-old Pontiff stopped in his tracks, spun round and peered at his pale face in alarm.
These acts include eschewing living in a papal palace, taking public transportation, cooking his own meals, rejecting the use of luxury cars, posing in a selfie with young pilgrims and giving a Swiss guard a chair and snacks while on duty.

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