The Three Musketeers
First serialised between March and July of 1844.
The year is 1625. Young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris at the tender age of 18, and almost immediately offends three musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Instead of dueling, the four are attacked by five of the Cardinal's guards, and the courage of the youth is made apparent during the battle. The four become fast friends, and, when asked by D'Artagnan's landlord to find his missing wife, embark upon an adventure that takes them across both France and England in order to thwart the plans of the Cardinal Richelieu. Along the way, they encounter a beautiful young spy, named simply Milady, who will stop at nothing to disgrace Queen Anne of Austria before her husband, Louis XIII, and take her revenge upon the four friends.
The most famous of Dumas’ books and the most colourful… In the year 1625, a young man called d’Artagnan is sent from Gascony to Paris by his father to make name as a musketeer and to tread in the footprints is Mr de Tréville, who also went to Paris as a young man from Gascony and is now Captain of the King’s Musketeers. With great ambitions d’Artagnan sets off, but being a young 18-year-old, he is too rash and gets into loads of trouble. He meets his new friends, the legendary noble Athos, devoted Porthos and cunning Aramis. Saddled with useless King Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu is forced to govern the country himself, but Milady, queen Anne of Austria (wife of King Louis XIII) and her lover Georges de Villiers of Buckingham, ambassador to King Charles I of England, are not prepared to leave him an easy ride and civil war between Catholics and Protestants is looming. The characters in this book are so life-like and the dialogues so real that you can hear them when you read them and laugh out loud with the comedy elements in them. Some scenes are so compelling that you can’t stop reading until the story finishes and you are glad to start on the sequel Twenty Years After. --Submitted by kiki1982 ~
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