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

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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. Th ...more
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Published August 1st 2005 by Tempus
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The authors have gone to a great deal of trouble to find out exactly who the real Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan were, and they turn out to be nothing like the characters Dumas wrote about. Not only did they probably not even know each other (except that they were all from Gascony), but D'Artangan was the oldest and one of the real leaders of the musketeers.

Regardless, the characters are interesting, and so is the background in which they lived and fought. My only gripes are that the au
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The titular characters in Dumas’ Three Musketeers (and its various sequels and add-ons) were not made up out of whole cloth by the master of swashbuckling adventure, but rather based on real 17th century personages that inhabited the tumultuous word of a France struggling through wars political and religious, dynastic maneuverings, changes in government and outright rebellions and insurrections. So who were they based on? And who was Dumas anyway?

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It's a summary of what we know about the historical d'Artanian - not much - and the three musketeers - even less. Additionally, the author talks about how Dumas got the idea for his Musketeers and their legacy.

As an introductory summary into the reality behind the myth and the myth's creation, it was informative and accessible.

It got a couple of dates inverted, and at least one minor fact about Richelieu's family wrong, so I can't swear to its overall accuracy.
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Lively and entertaining history of the inspiration behind Dumas's Musketeers and subsequent sequels and other writer's spinoffs. I recommend reading it along with Tom Reiss' "The Black Count" to get a well-rounded picture of Dunas' best known work and the inspiration behind it.
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Oct 23, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Interesting history detailing the 4 men the characters in the novel are based on. Also explores the sources the writer used to create the novel. Slow read but interesting. Recommended
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Feb 21, 2016 Lady Studland rated it it was amazing
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.
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