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The Vicomte de Bragelonne (The D'Artagnan Romances #3.1)

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The Vicomte de Bragelonne opens an epic adventure which continues with Louise de La Valliere and reaches its climax in The Man in the Iron Mask. This new edition of the classic translation presents a key episode in the Musketeers saga, fully annotated and with an introduction by a leading Dumas scholar."
Paperback, 768 pages
Published December 7th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 18th 1847)
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Bill This may help others - as I am guessing a year later Thys has moved on - but I have a 25 volume (PF Collier & Son) complete works of Dumas from…moreThis may help others - as I am guessing a year later Thys has moved on - but I have a 25 volume (PF Collier & Son) complete works of Dumas from the early 1900's. The D'Artagnan Romances in this set are as follows:
- The Three Guardsmen (aka Three Musketeers)
- Twenty Years Later
- Vicomte of Bragelonne
- Ten Years Later
- Louise de Lavalliere
- The Man in the Iron Mask

Looking at Wikipedia, it appears that there are multiple versions of either 3, 4, or 5 volumes for the final "book" Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. My set looks like is the 4 volume version. Each volume is pretty meaty with a smaller font. I downloaded the volumes from Project Gutenburg to read them in ebook form, and the above listing is also was the titles I found there.

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Feb 22, 2015 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can 't believe how much I've been enjoying my rash of Dumas novels lately. I've read the first three D'Artagnan novels in quick succession and cannot recommend them highly enough. This is Volume One of the last book (sometimes referred to as Ten Years Later) to be followed by Louise de Valliere and The Man in the Iron Mask. Of course the novel wasn't originally intended to be split in this way, so the ending tails away a little as we leave the intrigues of Athos and D'Artagnan to put Charles I ...more
3 stars. I was a bit surprised to have the book end as I still had several CDs of the audiobook to go! This discrepancy is annoying but understandable as both the book and the audiobook are just the first part of the book Dumas originally wrote as the final novel of the d'Artagnan trilogy. This last book was so enormous that it is almost always divided into 3, 4, or even 5 separate volumes. I am reading the Project Gutenberg Kindle editions which are using the 4 volume division (although there w ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
I finished it! It took me longer to complete this book than it did War and Peace! I should reconsider my obsessive compulsion toward unabridged literature and my inability to accept a blemish on my record of consecutive completed reads. This book just dragged on and on and on and on and...

As the third installment of the d'Artagnan Romances, this book serves as a transition from the notorious three musketeers and their Gascon friend to the lives of other French and English characters - youth usur
Nov 07, 2009 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
Shelves: french-lit
Great addition to "Three Musketeers Series." Can't wait to get on to the next, but I must.

Thought it was amusing that the title's namesake didn't really appear much in the book until the end. And it was actually quite a cliffhanger at the end there.

I like the characters even more as they age. They're all in their late 50's now. I like their mature selves and the more mature reflections they make. I love this description of D'Artagnan at this period of his life:

"He had all the passions, all th
Jul 27, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is titled Vicomte de Bragelonne, there is very little about Raoul. There is a chapter of two in the beginning, a couple in the middle and a few at the end, all the plot in between has nothing to do with him. In fact, with the exception of D'artagnan, there isn't much about any of the musketeers. Athos gets the most attention. Porthos and Aramis don't get any significant attention until about 2/3rds of the way through the book. In spite of this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Nunzia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se da una parte il mio cuore vorrebbe dare le cinque stelline piene a questo romanzo (perché un'opera che è riuscita a far piangere una persona che non si commuove facilmente e non ha mai - e sottolineo, mai - pianto per un libro merita il massimo a prescindere), dall'altra la mia coscienza e l'oggettività mi impongono altre scelte.

Dumas, in fondo, è uno scrittore di romanzi d'appendice, che sa benissimo che il guadagno viene da quante righe scrive e da quanti capitoli la sua mente riesce a part
Jenny T
Jan 02, 2012 Jenny T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess to strong bias: Dumas is my favorite author. Even when his prose is at its purplest, it makes my heart beat a little faster.

Book 1 in The Vicomte de Bragelonne (a single LONG work broken into three books, of which this is the first, that culminates in and ends the Musketeer Saga with The Man in the Iron Mask) was excellent. D'Artagnan, who has always seemed flamboyantly over-cocky, is more grown-up now, and the power-mad Cardinal Richelieu has been replaced with the power-mad Mazarin
Jan 23, 2013 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to read all of the D'Artagnan Romances
Shelves: fiction
Okay, at this point, I think I need to be clear about what series I am reading and commenting on. The D'Artagnan Romances were all originally published as serials, and they were later published in book form as a trilogy:

Book 1: The Three Musketeers
Book 2: Twenty Years After
Book 3: Ten Years Later

Apparently, Ten Years Later is such a tome that it has been further split into 3, 4, or 5 volumes, depending on the publisher. I am reading a set of FREE ebooks available on, and this series
Tomo mastodontico, questo libro chiude le vicende dei quattro personaggi creati da Dumas e noti collettivamente come "I moschettieri".

Un libro che, oltre a seguire le vicende dei quattro e del loro figlioccio Raul, offre come i precedenti uno spaccato interessantissimo delle vicende storiche dell'epoca.
In questo caso seguiremo il giovane re Luigi XIV da quando sale al potere, alla morte del cardinale Mazzarino già conosciuto dai lettori nel secondo volume della trilogia, fino a quando, finalmen
This volume is something of a mixed bag. In this first part of the four volume translation of the final book of Dumas' musketeer saga, we are not only introduced to a host of new characters, but also encounter a lot of different themes and plot-threads, some of which intersted me more than others (which accounts for the less than stellar, but still satisfied rating).

Predictably I was the most fond of d'Artagnan and Athos' trip to England, as the respective chapters read very much like they coul
Jun 04, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2016
It's taken me a terribly long time to finally get around to reading the final set of books about my childhood heroes, Dumas's musketeers. I had some difficulties getting into the book, mostly because I'm so used to reading Dumas's works in the German translation that the English one threw me off for a bit, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.
Oct 26, 2014 Kinksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[J. Walker McSpadden translation, Charles Scribner's Sons 1926]

This is volume 1 of the third book of the D'Artagnan Romances. I now understand why the structure of this last book is published in different forms. Apparently, each of the three volumes is split into two parts. Essentially, this first volume, entitled "The Vicomte de Bragelonne", is made of two separate novels that involve the same characters -- though the Four Musketeers are never together at the same time.

I enjoyed this book much
Jan 10, 2013 Phoebes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meraviglioso, questo libro!!!
Già dalle prime pagine Dumas mi ha affascinato, è stato un piacere ritrovare la sua ironia! Caspita, quanto m’era mancato, e quanto mi mancherà ancora di più adesso!
Da chi l’aveva già letto, ho sempre sentito parlare bene di questo romanzo, qualcuno anzi lo considera il migliore della trilogia. In effetti devo dire che tutte le lodi sono ampiamente confermate, e sinceramente non me l’aspettavo! Non mi aspettavo che un libro così lungo, e che viene dopo due romanzi
Dec 04, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, french
Edited (from "the classic translation") and richly annotated by David Coward. This Oxford World's Classics edition contains an Introduction, a Chronology of Dumas' life, a List of Historical Characters and the aforementioned annotation.

Since these 658 pages make up only one third of the entire continuing saga, it's hard to rate this book: it breaks off abruptly, with Athos about to go take revenge on a slanderer. A lot happens in this segment, most notably the restoration of Charles II to the En
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Diana Trăncău
May 06, 2016 Diana Trăncău rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amuzant cum, în ciuda faptului că această parte se numește „Vicontele de Bragelonne”, Raoul apare prea puțin. Încă aștept clipa când el și Louise se vor întâlni și povestea lor de dragoste va începe.
„Aceste două nume, pe care le rostea cu atâta plăcere, îi sfâșiau inima în timp ce-i mângâiau buzele.”
Austin Somlo
Jul 16, 2016 Austin Somlo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought The Three Musketeers was one of the most thrilling books I've ever read. Twenty Years After was a pretty good, yet still exciting, sequel. But the flame of the series just went out in The Vicomte de Bragelonne.

Three biggest mistakes with the third novel are as follows:

One, D'Artagnan is no longer the focus of the story. His three comrades are hardly mentioned and are merely an afterthought. I thought they were the point of the whole series.

Two, there is no action throughout the book. I
Todd Stockslager
Jun 04, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Dumas composed his tale of the Three Musketeers (plus D'Artagnan who finally achieved his Musketeer ears at the hend of the first book) serially. After the success of the initial book, Dumas satisfied a clamoring public by continuing to write about the team for six years, encompassing a first followup "Twenty years After" then the final sprawling chapter which was so big it was broken up into three separate parts for publication. "The Vicomte de Bragelonne" is the first installment of this final ...more
May 18, 2011 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really dragged myself through this one. It was a good exercise for improving my French but I have to say I was disappointed. Boring. Lacking the feel of excitement he was able to instill in me from the original "Three Musketeers". I don't know if I'll read the sequel, at least not for a very long time. I'll probably skip it and read something else by him, or just go on to another French author. Perhaps I'm just done with Dumas.
Matt Magee
Jan 03, 2011 Matt Magee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This very well may have been a fantastic story, but I am rating my experience of reading it, and this edition in the three musketeers saga was way too long-winded and slow-developing to keep my interest, even though I read the whole book. It has been a long while since I've read it, to be fair, but my memories of reading it involve pain. If you are more patient than I was, then perhaps it will turn out to be a fun story for you.
Procyon Lotor
Jan 27, 2014 Procyon Lotor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 03-avventura
Il lungo addio Terzo ed ultimo romanzo delle avventure incominciate coi tre moschettieri, proseguite vent'anni dopo e terminate dopo altri quindici anni. Ovviamente, ragazzi diventati uomini ben oltre la mezz'et, e in tempi metallici dove un anno ne pesava per tre odierni, dovranno usare sempre meno la spada per affilare invece lingua e sinapsi. Poco pubblicizzato, vende forse un sesto del primo e met del secondo, chiaro caso o di saga che va assai perdendosi in idee scarse, deboli e riciclate o ...more
Robert Hepple
Nov 12, 2014 Robert Hepple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was first published in serial form during the years 1845-1847 and forms part of the second sequel to The Three Musketeers. The bulk of the novel is made up of two successive storylines, which maybe explains why it is sometimes published in two volumes. The last few chapters follow a new storyline altogether, presumably to prepare you for the next sequel. This has the effect of slowing down the pace of the plot on a few occasions, but for the most part it charges forward at breakneck p ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Quentin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I must say bravo! monsieur Dumas, bravo! Most people only know "The Count of Monte Cristo", "The Three Musketeers", and "The Man in the Iron Mask" which is the last SECTION of the epic second sequel to the latter of the former two books. What I have just read is the first section of this epic sequel.
Firstly, I must say that I have never before been so excited to read a book in my life! I might have anticipated the story for others or I might have had a good feeling, but for this I knew I'd love
Mary-Jean Harris
Jul 16, 2016 Mary-Jean Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, historical
This was an awesome book, a lot more fun than the previous one in the series, but still not as great as The Three Musketeers. The title, however, is deceptive: a more apt title would be "D'Artagnan is back again! Oh, but I wanted to write about Raoul (the Vicomte de Bragelonne) so let's tack him on at the end." Really, Raoul was just a blip at the end. However, since this book is technically the first part of three, it at least set up the next two books to be about lovely Raoul, who I was hoping ...more
Valentina Fumagalli
Jan 02, 2014 Valentina Fumagalli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Confesso la mia ignoranza: non avevo assolutamente idea che la saga dei tre moschettieri fosse una trilogia, pensavo che il primo fosse un libro a sé stante, che avevo letto anni fa, e che ho riletto recentemente. Poi ho scoperto che esistevano anche "Vent'anni dopo" e "Il visconte di Bragelonne", e me li sono procurati subito.
Devo dire che quest'ultimo, "Il visconte di Bragelonne", secondo la mia opinione è in assoluto il migliore dei tre, persino del primo. I nostri quattro moschettieri sono
Jan 19, 2009 Sableamy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the 3rd in the "3 musketeer" trilogy. very philosophic. dumas writes such interesting historical novels.
Che delusione. Dumas è forse il mio autore preferito e finora non avevo mai dato a un suo libro meno di quattro stelline. Mai mi sarei immaginata che ne avrei date solo tre a Il Visconte di Bragelonne, un libro teoricamente dedicato a D'Artagnan. Il problema alla fine è stato proprio questo: Il Visconte di Bragelonne non si può definire un libro dedicato a lui. Le avventure rocambolesche e i duelli spariti, eliminati per lasciare più spazio a insipidi intrighi di corte. Almeno D'Artagnan fosse s ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third D'Artagnan Romance is somewhat arbitrarily broken up, so my review of the first three (or is it two?) parts will probably be pretty similar. (Part 4, "The Man in the Iron Mask," is more familiar as a separate story and I have seen the movie, so I may have something more to say about that one.) In fact, it really feels more like I'm reading the equivalent of a TV show spanning several seasons, as is often the case with classic serialized novels. There are story arcs, but everything kind ...more
Luis Suarez
Apr 19, 2014 Luis Suarez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El ultimo libro de la mejor saga de aventuras de los libros clasicos (supera muchas de las modernas), el unico defecto que le veo es que es muy largo, son 4 (cuatro) tomos en que tenemos la misma dosis de humor y aventuras de los personajes de los libros de la saga. El unico que no me gusto fue el tomo de La Vallerie porque no me gusta el genero romance, pero al haber sido Luisa de La Vallerie amante del rey Luis XIV, era necesario que se narraran esos sucesos, en que toma un gran protogonismo e ...more
There's so much in this book that writing a review is not easy! The books starts about 12 years after the second of the series, and the musketeers are all separated, everyone busy in his own life. It's a bulge book, so get prepared to read about a huge quantity of adventures, the first of which is about the reign of Charles II. The musketeers have the chance to meet again by chance, and the first part is also quite amusing :) Then the book is mostly concerned about Mazzarino's death and the subs ...more
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his no
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The D'Artagnan Romances (10 books)
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  • Les Trois Mousquetaires 1
  • Los tres mosqueteros, 2
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“He has not recovered the blow?" said he to Athos.

He is struck to death."

Oh! your fears exaggerate, I hope. Raoul is of a tempered nature. Around all hearts as noble as his, there is a second envelope that forms a cuirass. The first bleeds, the second resists."

No," replied Athos, "Raoul will die of it."

_Mordioux!_" said D'Artagnan, in a melancholy tone. And he did not add a word to this exclamation. Then, a minute after, "Why do you let him go?"

Because he insists on going."

And why do you not go with him?"

Because I could not bear to see him die.”
“D'Artagnan looked his friend earnestly in the face. "You know one
thing," continued the comte, leaning upon the arm of the captain; "you
know that in the course of my life I have been afraid of but few things.
Well! I have an incessant gnawing, insurmountable fear that an hour will
come in which I shall hold the dead body of that boy in my arms.”
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