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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Who was the man in the iron mask?

In life, he was sentenced to a cruel fate--in death, he would become a legend. Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of the mysterious man who was imprisoned in the Bastille starting in the 168o's until his death some thirty years later. During that time his face had been hidd...
In life, he was sentenced to a cruel fate--in death, he would become a legend. Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of the mysterious man who was imprisoned in the Bastille starting in the 168o's until his death some thirty years later. During that time his face had been hidden by an iron mask. While his identity remains a mystery, there are some tantalizing clues which might remove the mask from the man. Most prisoners of the French prison were usually important people who had fallen out of favor with King Louis XIV. Given strict orders by the king, the Musketeers were to kill him if he removed his mask. He ate in the mask, slept in the mask, and eventually died in the mask. In 1717, Voltaire was imprisoned at the Bastille. According to him, the man in the iron mask was around 60 when he died, and bore a striking resemblance to a very famous aristocrat. Of course, the most famous aristocrat in France at that time was King Louis XIV, who was also in his 60's. Another prisoner at the Bastille, Joseph de Lagrange, asserted that Benigne d'Auvergne de Saint, the governor of Sainte Marguerite, treated the mystery man deferentially and referred to him as 'prince'. Stories about the mysterious prisoner are conflicting. Some state that he wore a mask of velvet, not iron. Evidence has surfaced saying that the prisoner was buried under the name M. de Marchiel. And later, a death certificate giving the prisoner's name as Marchioly and his age of 45 was found. Another states, that in 1789 Frederic Grimm, a famous writer, claimed that a valet had revealed to him that Louis XIV had an identical twin. And that Louis XIII, feared the brothers would grow up to fight over the throne, so he sent the second-born baby away to be raised in secret. The boy was taken into a nobleman's household and treated with great respect, but he was never told who he really was. As he grew up, he saw a portrait of King Louis XIV and guessed the truth. He was immediately arrested, and spent the rest of his life as the Man in the Iron Mask. Many people believed this to be false, and believe it was elaborated and embroidered by Alexandre Dumas as the years passed. It has been said that when the Bastille was stormed by a revolutionary mob, the prince's skeleton was discovered, still wearing his iron mask. Of course, there is no record that this actually happened.

posted by Anonymous on January 28, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Very heavy reading!

If you are looking for this book to be anything like either of the last two movie versions, you will be sadly disappointed! I found the book to be long, the storyline to be convoluted and difficult to follow, and the ending to be not what was expected.

posted by 7107317 on April 2, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Very intriguing

    This was so cool. I had not read the Three Musketeers, but after this book, I'm hooked. Alexandre Dumas is a great writer with a flare for suspenseful scenes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Halorix

    "Oh, me?" He looks around, feigning indignance with a smirk. "Ah, l'm another traveler is all. What are you?" With a dark look, he regards the two cats with unforgiving eyes. "My next meal, or a trophe?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Dragonwing

    She watches wistfully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Crimsonpaw

    Goodnight! (Ggtb)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Crimsonpaw

    Shaking slows down until it finally stops, the light completly gone from her eyes as they stare blankly ahead.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    great for young readers

    These books are fantastic for those young reader who want to dig into some great classics but are a little too young for the big wording. These books take the same great classic story and translate them into easier to read versions. Also can be used for AR reading points in school!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Felicia from Indiana writes.

    I thought this was a good book. It's a story of decite, betrayal, big secrets and hidden truths. These few points is what makes this book a must read. That's why I liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    WICKED AWSOME!

    This was so,so,so,SO GOOD!!!!!!! I loved it! I'm a sucker for swordfights and sometimes a romantic, and this book was one of the few times i was. It had mystery, adventure, action, romance, intrigue! One of the best books written, i highly reccomend the movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2002

    The Man in the Iron Mask

    When Aramis tries to overthrow the King he goes to far. Now what will it cost the musketeers and will their friendship stand up to the terrible price. The Three Musketeers return in an effort to overthrow the diabolical King Louis XIV.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    My direction

    This book is an exellent book that should be read by everybody. Dumas brings together concealing and revealing in one book. He shows love and betrayal all through out this book. I recommend it to everybody, but it is a hard book to read with all the French words in it. But if you can get over that, it's exellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Outstanding!

    Very Cunning! Alexandre Dumas at his best! If you're looking for a great classic about the musketeers and mystery you have found the right book. Do not expect to see a lot of the man in the iron mask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    The Man in the Iron Mask

    The title doesn't really fit the book. The title should have been something like 'the Return of the Musketeers' or 'the Loyal Musketeers'.

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