What were the Forty-Five Guards?

Introduction The Forty-five guards were recruited by the Jean Louis de Nogaret de La Valette, Duke of Épernon to provide Henry III of France with trusted protection in the midst of the War of the Three Henrys (1587-1589). Background The Forty-five were noblemen of lesser nobility (many from Gascony) with little more than a horse,… Read More


What is the Yeomen of the Guard?

Introduction The Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard is a bodyguard of the British Monarch. The oldest British military corps still in existence, it was created by King Henry VII in 1485 after the Battle of Bosworth Field. Not to be confused with Yeoman Warders, Queen’s Guard, Household Cavalry, or the Honourable… Read More