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Louise de la Vallière (The D'Artagnan Romances #3.2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,611 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Louise de la Valliere is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne, or, Ten Years After. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. Set during the reign of Louis XIV and filled with behind-the-scenes intrigue, the novel brings the aging Musketeers and d'Artagnan out ...more
Paperback, 671 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1845)
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Nov 24, 2009 K. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
An excess of melodrama. Sighing. Fainting. Raging. Perspiring (I know what you think I mean, but no. Only in vexation, anger or fear). Riding horses to death. Star-crossed lovers. Ill-fated lovers. Trap-doors. Witchy women. Brave men. Fair damsels. All in a PG format.

Didn't enjoy this one even 1/2 as much as the others. Probably because of the subject matter, which is that the King is in love with the Vicomte's affianced. Said King sends Vicomte to England to get him out of the way. Said King (
Dec 06, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Oxford World's Classics Edition, edited, introduced, annotated, etc., by David Coward. The fourth installment of the Three Musketeers saga does not really feature those heroes. Athos is all but unmentioned; Porthos and Aramis play important roles but briefly, and d'Artagnan is seen sporadically. The story, or stories intertwined, center mainly around the loves and intrigues of the court of Louis XIV. For 670 pages (!) Dumas subtly outlines the devious schemes and romances that occur in the S ...more
Guðjón T.
Dec 01, 2011 Guðjón T. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apart from a few chapters this book is excruciatingly dull. I'm a big fan of The Three Musketeers, and although the musketeers themselves are present here the author has shifted his focus from them to the nobility of 17th century France. Don't get me wrong, the affairs of the king and the queen were crucial to the plot of The Three Musketeers, but they were just the supporting cast. In Louise de la Valliere we have to endure chapter after chapter of "clever" conversation between varyingly boring ...more
This was my least favorite of the novels in the D'Artagnan Romances so far. I browsed the introduction to the Oxford World's Classics edition, which advised that this was the least "swashbuckling" of the series. Apparently, Dumas thought that the prior entries lacked "romance". Well, he went overboard in this one. This novel consists of hundreds of pages of flirtations. It's like a junior high school novel. The King is like the popular kid -- maybe the captain of the football team. And the novel ...more
Elsa K
Apr 02, 2016 Elsa K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my least favorite in the series of the D'Artagnan Romances. I didn't like any of the main characters. They mostly got on my nerves with all their gossip and selfish lifestyles. The main musketeers are almost completely unmentioned. I've never liked Raoul that much so even his part in the novel didn't move me the way it was probably meant to. I think it is necessary to read this one to enjoy "The Man in the Iron Mask" fully, but I wish I could've skimmed this one. All that being ...more
Aug 20, 2008 Misfit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1661 and Louis the XIV is taking over the reign of government from his ministers. D'Artagnan is captain of the Musketeers, Aramis is now a bishop, Porthos is as big, strong and hungry as ever and Raoul, the son of Athos, is still madly in love with Louise De La Valliere. What we do see of Aramis he is plotting and scheming and has a strong interest in a mysterious prisoner in the Bastille.

Louis' effeminate brother Philippe (Monsieur) has just married Henrietta (Madame) of England, but Henr
Jul 30, 2011 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Four (of five) in the Musketeers Saga and this really does have the feel of the middle section of a trilogy. The pace is lower than the other sections and there's less of an over-riding plot - this one deals with Louise XIV's seduction of the eponymous Louise de la Valliere (after getting rid of Raoul to England) and while the lack of the excitement of Vicomte de Bragalonne's reinstatement of Charles II or the last volume's Man in the Iron Mask makes it drag a little, the change of pace is ...more
Maricarmen Estrada M
This is the fifth delivery of the Three Musketeers saga. Masterly written. Much of the story has to do with the romance of Louise. Authors, Porthos, Aramis and of course the brave and bold D'Artagnan com and go throughout all the book. The end is a cliffhanger, so I'll just start The Man in the Iron Mask as soon as I can. Loved this book.
Abeerr Shiihab
Oct 15, 2015 Abeerr Shiihab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-in-heart
الادب الفرنسي يتجلى في هذه الروايه ، جمال ما بعدهُ جمال ، تكادُ تتخيل ما يجري فيها ،،،
" _ هو اني ما دمتُ لم اقترف اثماً ، فلا يمكن ان يكون الله قد عاقبني و اذن لا يمكن ان يكون هذا السجن عقوبة !
_ و ماذا يمكن ان يكون اذن ، اذا لم يكن عقوبه ؟
_ علمُ هذا عند ربي ، و لكن كل ما استطيع ان اقوله لك عن يقين هو ان شعوري الان نقيضُ شعوري الاول ، منذ سبع سنين و اشهر "
" _ لعمري إن من يسمعك تتحدث على هذا النحو يخيل اليه انك تحب سجنك !
_ ان لم اكن احبه ، فأنا راضٍ به ، او _ على الاقل _ صاير عليه !
_ لعلك في قرا
Huh, I didn't rate or review this before moving on to the final volume, so here's my making up for this neglect: Although I cannot actually add a lot I haven't already written about the first two parts. I simply can't bring myself to care about all that romance business, and Louise's undecidedness as well as Louis' fickleness don't endear them to me as characters either.

This whole book (not just this volume) is simply too long without me being able to say that any of the parts are actually comp
Caitlin Mininger
Aug 20, 2013 Caitlin Mininger rated it liked it
Shelves: french-lit
After finishing this book, I am struck by how much I miss Milady. There was by far too much fainting going on in Louise de la Valliere for me not to recall one of my favorite lines of Milady's: "I faint? I? Do you take me for some weak woman? When I am insulted I do not faint, I avenge myself!" Louise is a poor heroine who never seems to be able to make her mind about anything. Louis is not much better- I suppose for a king it is nothing to send away a woman's fiancé for the purpose of seducing ...more
Simon Vance is excellent but this section of the d'Artagnan series is less interesting to me.

I got this audiobook via Hoopla and not being able to download it to my phone was a pain since it limited me to only being able to listen when at home, since I wasn't going to stream over my data plan.
Justin Dillehay
This novel is the middle volume of a trilogy that was actually one book in Dumas's original French version--a single book that would have run more than 2,000 pages, making even his Count of Monte Cristo look slim by comparison. It's my least favorite of the Musketeer saga so far; a lot more romantic court intrigue and less of D'Artagnan and Athos. But still fun reading. It's also fun because despite reading the entire series aloud with my brother Caleb 15 years ago, I remember basically nothing ...more
Todd Stockslager
Jun 04, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Louise De La Valliere is the middle book of the trio that concludes the Musketeers' story, and its focus on court intrigue and Louis XIV's consolidation of his kingly powers and personality into the "Sun King" persona, accounts for its position as probably the least known and read of the thousands of pages and million-plus words of the great saga.

By now, the

four (not three, since D'Artagnan won entrance to the group)
old (mid-50s and up)
one-time (age, marriages, career choices, and politics have
Victoria Jackson
This is more of a summary for myself than a review. I can now see why Dumas is known as writer of historical romance. This is pure romance. The musketeers rarely appear and the entire story is Louis XIV's very chaste courtship of Louise. She faints a lot, not a very interesting heroine. Raoul Vicomte de Bragelonne is in love with her so also story of unrequited love. The most feisty female characters are "Madame", Louis' sister-lin-law and Charles II's sister, they also share the same great/gran ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Marko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later has been published in several different editions that divide the novel into separate books in different ways. I am reading the Project Gutenberg version, which separates the novel into four parts.

Louise de La Vallière is the third part and covers the chapters 141 to 208 of the full novel and is set in 1661. It is perhaps the most difficult part of the book to read, competing with the previous instalment, mainly because it focuses almost solely on Louise
Jun 06, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
Shelves: dumas
Louise de La Valliere is not a bad story in of itself, but when held up against the rest of the saga, its weaknesses show. Still well written and full of compelling characters, the story focuses mainly on Louis XIV and his burgeoning love affair with the title character, who is a maid of honor for Louis's sister-in-law. The majority of this novel reads a bit like a Shakespearean romantic comedy, with couples coming and going in the woods, and overhearing each other, and all sorts of contrivances ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Blanka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i absolutely love this book. i love how everything starts to reach it's climax from de bragelonne. i espeically love the glimpses dumas allows the reader to have of phillipe. everything to do with aramis is so mysterious and delicious although i started feeling kind of weary about him. :/ i don't like how he becomes so sneaky in everything he does. of course i don't completely understand his plans yet but i just feel weird about him now. perhaps once i've read the man in the iron mask i'll under ...more
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Nov 07, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reasonably enjoyable read, but definitely a lot slower and somewhat lacking the action of the rest in the series. My favorite Dumas will always be "The Count of Monte Cristo" I think. As a matter of interest, for fans of "The Count", I strongly recommend having a look at these brilliant new sequels by the mysterious "Holy Ghost Writer". They are written in the same style as Alexandre Dumas' original, and are equally as gripping. Titled "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" (Book II) ...more
Andrea Ika
Jul 07, 2013 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louise de la Valliere is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne, or, Ten Years After. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. Set during the reign of Louis XIV and filled with behind-the-scenes intrigue, the novel brings the aging Musketeers and d'Artagnan out of retirement to face an impending crisis within the royal court of France. This new edition of the classic English translati ...more
Robert Sheppard
May 26, 2013 Robert Sheppard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alexandre Dumas is one of the great mythmakers of modern Western Literature. The Three Musketeers saga is of course a thrilling tale of adventure known to almost everyone through film if not by firsthand reading, and its over one-hundred film adaptations testify to its grip on the popular imagination. Having read the entire Musketeer saga of D
Nov 25, 2013 Alina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From an action/adventure/humor point of view, this entry to the D'Artagnan romances is the low point. Romance takes the center point, with all the flirting, gasping, sweating, fainting, plotting, counter-plotting and fluttering-about that a court of puffed-up nobles and ladies performs so perfectly. And perfectly annoying, if you’re not into that sort of thing. I recall being somewhat but not greatly impressed by the shenanigans going on at this stage in the books some 10 years ago when I was th ...more
This review is for the whole of VdB or 10YL.
So OK, it’s split into 3 books in English, I read the Oxford translations as they were the only ones I could find.
Not Dumas at his best, but still very good in parts. The start and ending being standout points for me. The portrayal of our old friends and their changed, and at times strained, relationships.
The whole second book though is like a high-school farce with folk falling for each other or being spurned; conversations overheard/misheard; social
Sep 01, 2015 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd gladly listen to Simon Vance read the phone book. The fact that I listened to him at 1.5x for the majority of Louise de la Vallier speaks volumes. Pun totally intended. This book was kinda boring. The d'Artagnan Romances have 4 things going for them: d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Taking these heroes out of the limelight & giving them minor roles was a big mistake on Dumas' part. All we have here is palace intrigue... "Entertaining" for a chapter or two, but one can only read ab ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to, librivox
This 3rd installment of the 3rd D'Artagnan romance focuses mainly on the love affair between Louis XIII and Louise. Raul has been sent to London to get him out of the way and this leaves the king free to pursue Louise Madame Henrietta remains spoiled and requires the attention of every man she sees. Aramis is plotting and the story of "The Man in the Iron Mask" begins to be set up.

I can see why most abridgment and movies mostly skim all the details in the first 3 parts. I personally find them f
Sep 04, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this particular portion of the D'Artagnan Romances. I love Athos. I love Dumas pere for creating and writing such a perfect example of honorable and noble character (Athos). I have loved each and every one of the pieces of this series, but I find myself completely and utterly overjoyed with the last few chapters of Louise de La Valliere. It is honestly my wish that every young man (and young woman, too, for that matter) should read this book to discover what constitutes a true hero (Athos ...more
Slow going, this book. So much of it could have beed omitted. Dumas spends alot of pages describing the scenery in a very flourishing way, and the love-scenes are often way too long. Also, he often spends several pages on a conversation, which should only have to consist of a couple of sentences. What is said, is said several times.
For some reason, Porthos seems to get bigger and more stupid for each book. He's now a sort of parody of what I thought of him in "The Three Musketeers".
In this (free
May 24, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people here have said that this book was their least favorite of the D'Artagnan Romances but for me... this was one of my favorites. I felt like this book was more interesting than the rest and it was written in a more mature way than the Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After. The characters are more complex and the plot is more believable. In The Three Musketeers everything is black and white, there is no gray area concerning the characters.
I loved the romance in this novel and I al
The second book of the three comprising The Vicomte de Bragelonne, this definitely suffers from middle-book syndrome. After setting up exciting plot threads for our heroes, the four musketeers, in the first book, Dumas doesn't give them much to do here, instead mostly focusing on court intrigue around Louis XIV and his love affairs. Athos, my favorite musketeer (well, tied with d'Artagnan, at least) barely appears at all, leaving the stage to his much more boring son, Raoul, the eponymous Vicomt ...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 (8 books)
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