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  • Swiss Guards — n. a corps of Swiss mercenary soldiers, esp. those hired as Vatican bodyguards to the pope * * * Italian  Guardia Svizzera   corps of Swiss soldiers responsible for the safety of the pope. Often called “the world s smallest army,” they serve as… …   Universalium

  • Swiss Guards — plural noun 1. A body of Swiss mercenaries in the French guards from 1616, wiped out in the Revolution 2. The Pope s bodyguard • • • Main Entry: ↑Swiss * * * Swiss Guards, a body of Swiss soldiers that acts as a bodyguard to the pope in the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Swiss Guards — n. a corps of Swiss mercenary soldiers, esp. those hired as Vatican bodyguards to the pope …   English World dictionary

  • SWISS GUARDS —    See GARDES SUISSES …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Swiss Guard — Papal Swiss Guards in uniform Swiss Guards or Schweizergarde is the name given to the Swiss soldiers who have served as bodyguards, ceremonial guards, and palace guards at foreign European courts since the late 15th century. They have had a high… …   Wikipedia

  • Swiss mercenaries — were soldiers notable for their service in foreign armies, especially the armies of the Kings of France, throughout the Early Modern period of European history, from the Later Middle Ages into the Age of the European Enlightenment. Their service… …   Wikipedia

  • Swiss saber — The Swiss saber or, in German, Schweizersäbel is a type of sword design that was popular between the 15th and 17th centuries in Switzerland and Germany.A predecessor of the saber, this sword sported a long blade with a gentle curve, tapering… …   Wikipedia

  • Growth of the Old Swiss Confederacy — History of Switzerland This article is part of a series Early history …   Wikipedia

  • List of army units called Guards — Past and present army and paramilitary units whose names include the word guard in various languages include: * Australian New Guard paramilitary political organisation during the 1930s and the Australian Defence Force s Federation Guard… …   Wikipedia

  • Title 2 of the Swiss Federal Constitution — of 18 April 1999, entitled Fundamental Rights, Civil Rights and Social Goals , contains a comprehensive and directly enforceable bill of rights, as well as a set of social goals which the state authorities are to pay heed to. A few rights,… …   Wikipedia

  • Switzerland — Swiss redirects here. For other uses, see Swiss (disambiguation). Swiss Confederation redirects here. For Swiss Confederacy, see Old Swiss Confederacy. This article is about the country. For other uses, see Switzerland (disambiguation). Swiss… …   Wikipedia