History Main / CadreOfForeignBodyguards

30th Mar '17 6:05:35 AM Jhonny
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* The Gardes-Suisses (Swiss Guards) of the French kings, including the more ceremonial body-guards, the Cents-Suisses (Hundred Swiss). During the French Revolution they, unlike the Gardes-Francaises (French Guards), who sympathized with the Revolution, remained true to Louis XVI and were killed during the storming of the Tuileries in 1792.
** The French monarchy also had the Garde �cossaise (Scots Guards), originally a company of knights and mounted archers part of a Scottish expeditionary force during UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar that king Charles VII kept with him. With time they formally became his bodyguards, and, as their ranks were enlarged and filled with Frenchmen, became the first company of the Garde du Corps du Roi (Bodyguards of the King), the main cavalry regiment of the royal guard.

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* The Gardes-Suisses (Swiss Guards) of the French kings, including the more ceremonial body-guards, the Cents-Suisses (Hundred Swiss). During the French Revolution UsefulNotes/FrenchRevolution they, unlike the Gardes-Francaises (French Guards), who sympathized with the Revolution, remained true to Louis XVI and were killed during the storming of the Tuileries in 1792.
** The French monarchy also had the Garde �cossaise Écossaise (Scots Guards), originally a company of knights and mounted archers part of a Scottish expeditionary force during UsefulNotes/TheHundredYearsWar that king Charles VII kept with him. With time they formally became his bodyguards, and, as their ranks were enlarged and filled with Frenchmen, became the first company of the Garde du Corps du Roi (Bodyguards of the King), the main cavalry regiment of the royal guard.
26th Mar '17 2:51:02 PM Grudgeal
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** The Ottomans likely got this idea from the Ghilmans, slave-soldiers of Turkic origin used in Muslim Persia after the rise of the Abbasid dynasty, and the also-foreign-slave-soldier Mamluks of Egypt. Similarly to the Janissaries, these ended up laxing their standards and getting locals involved, got too much temporal power and rebelled against their rulers (or, in the case of the Mamluks, ''became'' the rulers).
26th Mar '17 2:42:41 PM Grudgeal
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* Prince Sebastian Lacroix in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has a hulking African vampire, who is completely mute, who serves him [[TheDragon as his Sheriff]]. Considering vampires normally tend to be {{Manipulative Bastard}}s who avoid direct confrontation if they can avoid it, his unknown origins and physical power makes him very good at his job. [[spoiler:He is the FinalBoss of the game if you choose to go after Lacroix in the ending.]]

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* Prince Sebastian Lacroix in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has a hulking African vampire, who is completely mute, who serves him [[TheDragon as his Sheriff]]. Considering vampires normally tend to be {{Manipulative Bastard}}s who avoid direct confrontation if they can avoid it, his unknown origins origins, inability/unwillingness to speak and physical power makes him very good at his job. [[spoiler:He is the FinalBoss of the game if you choose to go after Lacroix in the ending.]]
26th Mar '17 2:40:37 PM Grudgeal
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* Prince Sebastian Lacroix in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has a hulking African vampire, who is completely mute, who serves him [[TheDragon as his Sheriff]]. Considering vampires normally tend to be {{Manipulative Bastard}}s who avoid direct confrontation if they can avoid it, his unknown origins and physical power makes him very good at his job.

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* Prince Sebastian Lacroix in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has a hulking African vampire, who is completely mute, who serves him [[TheDragon as his Sheriff]]. Considering vampires normally tend to be {{Manipulative Bastard}}s who avoid direct confrontation if they can avoid it, his unknown origins and physical power makes him very good at his job. [[spoiler:He is the FinalBoss of the game if you choose to go after Lacroix in the ending.]]
26th Mar '17 2:39:57 PM Grudgeal
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* Prince Sebastian Lacroix in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has a hulking African vampire, who is completely mute, who serves him [[TheDragon as his Sheriff]]. Considering vampires normally tend to be {{Manipulative Bastard}}s who avoid direct confrontation if they can avoid it, his unknown origins and physical power makes him very good at his job.
15th Mar '17 1:47:38 PM Doug86
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-->-- ''[[Literature/BelisariusSeries In The Heart Of Darkness]]''

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-->-- ''[[Literature/BelisariusSeries In The the Heart Of of Darkness]]''



* ''StarTrek'' occasionally showed Nausicaans serving in this capacity.

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* ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' occasionally showed Nausicaans serving in this capacity.
2nd Mar '17 7:53:42 AM Divra
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* In ''Literature/TheLongShips'' Orm and his companions serve in the Almohad Caliph Al-Mansur's bodyguard for several years.

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* In ''Literature/TheLongShips'' Orm and his companions serve in the Almohad Caliph Al-Mansur's bodyguard for several years. Orm's brother Are and Olof Summerbird both served in the Varangian Guard in Constantinople.
25th Feb '17 9:10:11 AM Grudgeal
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* UsefulNotes/TheByzantineEmpire followed the Roman tradition with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_army#Foreign_and_mercenary_soldiers The Varangian Guard]], hired amongst its long history by such diverse ethnicities as Armenians, Kievan Rus, Scandinavians, Anglo-Saxons, Normans, Sicilians and Turks.
* Possibly the Western TropeCodifier: The Swiss Guards which protect the Pope. The silly pants may make them seem a little like {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s, but they were a terror on the battlefield in the late 1400s to early 1500s, and they retain their tradition faithfully. And while they ''look'' silly, anyone trying to do harm to His Holiness will come to realize, to their detriment, that they are ''highly'' trained military professionals--they have all completed basic training with the [[UsefulNotes/SwissWithArmyKnives Swiss Army]], are chosen according to exacting standards of physical fitness, and are given further training once they arrive in the Guards. And although they are most often seen with their ceremonial weapons (swords and halberds) for guard duty, this is in reality their version of the 18th-century uniforms worn by the BritishRoyalGuards; when actually guarding the Pope, they carry the standard-issue weapons of the Swiss Army: the [[CoolGuns/{{Handguns}} SIG Sauer P220 handgun]], the [[CoolGuns/AssaultRifles SIG SG 550 assault rifle]], and the [[CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns MP5]] submachine gun.

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* UsefulNotes/TheByzantineEmpire followed the Roman tradition with tradition, hiring personal guards during its long history from such diverse foreign ethnicities as Armenians, Kievan Rus, Scandinavians, Anglo-Saxons, Normans, Sicilians and Turks. The most famous of these cadres was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_army#Foreign_and_mercenary_soldiers The Varangian Guard]], hired amongst its long history which was founded by such diverse ethnicities as Armenians, Kievan Rus, Scandinavians, Anglo-Saxons, Normans, Sicilians the Rus and Turks.
later became a favoured career option for Scandinavian nobles and exiled Anglo-Saxons post-conquest.
* Possibly the The Western TropeCodifier: The TropeCodifier today is likely the Swiss Guards which that protect the Pope. The silly pants may make them seem a little like {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s, but they were a terror on the battlefield in the late 1400s to early 1500s, and they retain their tradition faithfully. And while they ''look'' silly, anyone trying to do harm to His Holiness will come to realize, to their detriment, that they are ''highly'' trained military professionals--they have all completed basic training with the [[UsefulNotes/SwissWithArmyKnives Swiss Army]], are chosen according to exacting standards of physical fitness, and are given further training once they arrive in the Guards. And although they are most often seen with their ceremonial weapons (swords and halberds) for guard duty, this is in reality their version of the 18th-century uniforms worn by the BritishRoyalGuards; when actually guarding the Pope, they carry the standard-issue weapons of the Swiss Army: the [[CoolGuns/{{Handguns}} SIG Sauer P220 handgun]], the [[CoolGuns/AssaultRifles SIG SG 550 assault rifle]], and the [[CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns MP5]] submachine gun.
25th Feb '17 9:05:43 AM Grudgeal
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* The UrExample would be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_German_Bodyguard The Imperial German Bodyguard]], a cadre of Germans (from outside the borders of the RomanEmpire) whose job it was to guard the Julio-Claudian emperors. The most important thing they defended them from was the PraetorianGuard. Yes, the early emperors of Rome had a group of bodyguards, [[WhoWatchesTheWatchmen whose job it was to protect them from their own bodyguards]].

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* The UrExample would be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_German_Bodyguard The Imperial German Bodyguard]], a cadre of Germans (from outside the borders of the RomanEmpire) UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire) whose job it was to guard the Julio-Claudian emperors. The most important thing they defended them from was the PraetorianGuard. Yes, the early emperors of Rome had a group of bodyguards, [[WhoWatchesTheWatchmen whose job it was to protect them from their own bodyguards]].bodyguards]].
* UsefulNotes/TheByzantineEmpire followed the Roman tradition with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_army#Foreign_and_mercenary_soldiers The Varangian Guard]], hired amongst its long history by such diverse ethnicities as Armenians, Kievan Rus, Scandinavians, Anglo-Saxons, Normans, Sicilians and Turks.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_army#Foreign_and_mercenary_soldiers Varangian Guard]] pre-date the Swiss Guards by centuries, though they are less well known today.
** After 1066 AD, the Guard was recruited primarily of Englishmen, known as ''Anglovaragginoi''.
** The Turcopoles of Kingdom of Jerusalem. Name means "Sons of Turks".
** Gianitzaroi archer guard and Vardariotes mounted guard of the later Byzantine Empire. The former is close enough to Janissary to refer a guard of ex-Muslim converts to Christianity. Vardariotes were Hungarian mounted archers.
** And before the use of the Varangians the emperor was most often defended by a unit of extremely well trained Armenians.



* The Roman emperors had the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equites_singulares_Augusti Equites singulares Augusti]], a cavalry suplement to the PraetorianGuard infantry. It was primary composed of provincials who were not Roman citizens or Italians, particularly those from Batavi Germanic tribe.
25th Feb '17 9:00:25 AM Grudgeal
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* The UrExample would be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_German_Bodyguard The Imperial German Bodyguard]], a cadre of Germans (from outside the borders of the RomanEmpire) whose job it was to guard the Julio-Claudian emperors. The most important thing they defended them from was the PraetorianGuard. Yes, the early emperors of Rome had a group of bodyguards, [[WhoWatchesTheWatchmen whose job it was to protect them from their own bodyguards]].



* The Roman emperors had the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equites_singulares_Augusti Equites singulares Augusti]], a cavalry suplement to the PraetorianGuard infantry. It was primary composed of provincials who were not Roman citizens or Italians, particularly those from Batavi Germanic tribe. See also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanic_bodyguard the Germanic bodyguards]] who predated the Praetorian Guard.

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* The Roman emperors had the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equites_singulares_Augusti Equites singulares Augusti]], a cavalry suplement to the PraetorianGuard infantry. It was primary composed of provincials who were not Roman citizens or Italians, particularly those from Batavi Germanic tribe. See also [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanic_bodyguard the Germanic bodyguards]] who predated the Praetorian Guard.
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