Is the "Swiss Guard" actually Swiss?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Originally hired out to French monarchs in the 1400's for sacks of grain to Switzerland which had experienced harsh growing seasons, the Swiss Guard once numbered close to 15,000. They were hired by the Vatican in 1506 as the See was reforming under Julius--the official date of the beginning of the Vatican arm of the guard was Jan. 22, 1506, still celebrated each year in Rome. They're still Swiss, they're still recruited from ranks of Swiss police and other paid volunteers, and yes they're still considered mercenaries.
- Neil TLv 61 decade ago
- The Violator!Lv 61 decade ago
- 1 decade ago
yes it is derived to be swiss in the begging when it was made.... but it is belived that they were adopted into other cultures
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
most likely yes