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Louise de La Valliere (The D'Artagnan Romances #3.2)

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1898. Being a continuation in what is known as The D'Artagnan Romances, this is the third part of The Vicomte de Bragelonne. Believing D'Artagnan occupied at Fontainebleau and Porthos safely tucked away at Paris, Aramis holds a funeral for the dead Franciscan, but in fact, Aramis is wrong in both suppositions. D'Artagnan has left Fontainebleau, bored to tears by the fetes, ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1850)
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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
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
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 24, 2009 K. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 (
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
Hazel West
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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
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
Jun 06, 2012 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Adam Gutschenritter
Sep 15, 2016 Adam Gutschenritter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The political drama/courtly intrigue started to bore me by the time that I hit the climax. However, the last 20 chapters I couldn't read fast enough as all of the setup that had annoyed me as "not advancing the plot" clicked into place and stampeded to the end. As an added bonus I got to see the celebrated 4 speak and act like themselves all together for the first time since 3 Musketeers and I loved that .
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
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.
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
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
Caitlin Mininger
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
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
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
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
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
Todd Stockslager
Jun 04, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Abeerr Shiihab
Oct 15, 2015 Abeerr Shiihab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Kost As
Πόση ίντριγκα να αντέξω πια ο χριστιανός;;; Ο βασιλιάς χαλβαδιάζει τη Λουίζ, η γυναίκα του αδερφού του βασιλιά ζηλεύει το βασιλιά, δε γουστάρει, όμως, το βασιλιά, απλά ζηλεύει έτσι, για το ιβέντ, ρε παιδί μου, ο αρραβωνιαστικός της Λουίζ πέρα βρέχει, ο κόσμος το έχει τούμπανο και αυτοί κρυφό καμάρι!! Οι Τρεις Σωματοφύλακες σκάνε μύτη κάπου κάπου και τότε είναι που αποκτά ενδιαφέρον το βιβλίο... Αλλιώς...

Στα θετικά, βέβαια, ο πάντα ευκολοδιάβαστος τρόπος γραφής του Δουμά κάτι το οποίο βοηθά να φ
Diana Trăncău
May 26, 2016 Diana Trăncău rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Credeam că povestea de dragoste dintre Louise și Raoul va fi minunată, plină de puritate și inocență, ca să descopăr mai apoi că numai sufletul nobil al tânărului păstrează această iubire de neînchipuit, pe când ea sfârșește prin a-și dărui inima Regelui Soare. Dumas m-a făcut să simt durerea vicontelui, să îmi pară asemenea unui cântec sfâșietor ce-ți provoacă lacrimi.
“Oh, Louise, te iubesc în așa chip, încât aș fi în stare să-mi dau sângele pentru dumneata picătură cu pictură, carnea mea fâșie
Jun 29, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was bad. The theme of the work shifted from the selfish and reasonably petty ambitions of soldiers and courtiers to the awful and soul-destroyingly petty concerns of emotional adolescents trapped in the world of sub-medieval romance. The neverending protestations of eternal love between people whose affairs would end within a few glad it's over and I'm on to Man in the Iron Mask.
Clayton Brannon
Sep 21, 2016 Clayton Brannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed reading The D'Artagnan series. Nothing like them. I have one more to go and they just get better with each book.
Heidi Burkhart
Oct 01, 2016 Heidi Burkhart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dumas's elegant writing is a delight in this, yet another, D'Artagne tale. A pleasure to read such writing.
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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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