One of the reasons for me to visit Rome was to see these Swiss guards at Vatican City. Why would a country’s guards watch another country’s men unless it is a war time ? And how would they defend in their colourful fancy costumes ? I used to wonder.
The Swiss have always been politically neutral for centuries and have honoured their agreements. So anybody who was protected by Swiss Guards could be confident that his guards wouldn’t turn on him when the political winds shifted direction.
The Swiss mercenary soldiers were recruited, equipped and sent to the service of … Read the rest