Thirty years after their first adventures in The Three Musketeers, we find Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan in very different situations. Athos has settled down at his own estate. Porthos married a rich widow, and is now a Baron. Aramis joined a monastery, and is now the Bishop of Vannes. D'Artagnan alone remains a Musketeer for the king, and is now captain of the very force he so longed to join all those years ago.
In The Man in the Iron Mask, Dumas develops his Musketeers into probing, multifaceted characters. Each now has a wealth of experience behind each of his actions. This is no simple adventure tale: It is political intrigue at its finest.
Public Domain (P)2011 B.J. Harrison
If you have seen the film or heard abridged versions, you may not recognise the story in full. A great deal is changed from the popular version (actually of course, Alexandre Dumas wrote the original and it's the film makers who did the changes).
Loads of background facts, filled in by fiction but mirroring life in France at the time.
References to the 4 musketeers, now grown older, and amazing intrigues, political and financial. Plenty to get your teeth into.
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