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The Four Musketeers: The True Story of D'Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis & Athos (2005)

by Kari Maund, Phil Nanson (Author)

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Excellent coverage of the men who became the basis of the Dumas classic. Additionally, there's a good deal of information about the origin and exploits of the real Musketeers, along with uniform and weaponry descriptions. The authors conclude with discussion of Gatien de Courtilz (whose Memoirs of D'Artagnan provided the basis for Dumas) and Alexandre Dumas and what happened after The Three Musketeers was published. A well written book. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
A very detailed account of the life of Charles de Batz-Castlemore, who called himself Charles D'Artagnan and was the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas' D'Artagnon in The Three Musketeers. Also traces the lives of the three historical musketeers who are portayed as D'Artagnon's companions. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is a fairly well-researched book telling of the actual persons on whom Dumas based his characters--whose lives were not intertwined as Dumas portrays them. The account of the Dumas books and their subsequent history is of interest, but some things in this book were of little interest to me; e.g., the weapons of the musketeers, etc. Much of the book seemed non-interesting to me ( )
  Schmerguls | Feb 18, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0752435035, Paperback)

The Three Musketeers, first published in 1844, is an abiding classic. It has been translated into many languages, repeatedly filmed, and its heroes—D’Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos—have become literary archetypes. Yet, outside France, few people are aware that all four are based on historical figures, members of the elite Black Musketeer regiment during the 1640s. The Four Musketeers gives an account of the historical background of the real four musketeers, who came to Paris in the 1640s and thus witnessed some of the most dramatic moments of 17th-century France: the last years of Louis XIII and the struggle for control over him between the scandalous royal favorite, Cinq-Mars and the dying Cardinal Richelieu; and the rise to power of Cardinal Mazarin.

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