Swiss Guard

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Swiss mercenaries employed as a special guard, formerly by sovereigns of France, now only at the Vatican. They have been the pope's personal guard since 1506 (many of them were killed during the sack of Rome in 1527 by Spanish troops).

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.