The Three Musketeers (and its sequels) cannot be simply defined as historical fiction. To a lot of people French history is limited to just what Alexandre Dumas wrote in these novels. Dumas’ outstanding delineation of King Louis XIII, Queen Anne, and particularly Cardinal Richelieu makes the dry characters of history books intriguing and alive. And how would you forget the dangerously seductive Milady de Winter, who you wish were more than just a fictional character (check out Milla Jovovich in the latest movie adaptation of the novel)?
As long as friendship, loyalty, passion doesn’t perish from the face of the earth, we shall remember Athos, Porthos, Aramis and the wild, courageous, handsome D’Artagnan.
Did you know that D’Artagnan’s character is based on Charles de Bast de Castelmore, who was count of Artagnan. Charles was a musketeer in the service of King Louis XIV.
Chivalrous romance, conspiracies, nail biting escapes, assassinations, betrayals, duels — this novel has more force than an intercontinental ballistic missile.
If you have an inspired, headstrong revolutionary in you, The Three Musketeers is your Bible. Viva de France.
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