The Vicomte de Bragelonne (The Three Musketeers, Volume III)

The Vicomte de Bragelonne (The Three Musketeers, Volume III)

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by Alexandre Dumas
     
 

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It is now 1660, and although promised the captaincy of the musketeers at the close of Twenty Years After, D'Artagnan is still trailing his sword in the Louvre as a lowly lieutenant. Louis XIV is well past the age where he should rule, but the ailing Cardinal Mazarin refuses to relinquish the reins of power. Meanwhile, Charles II, a king without a country, travels

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It is now 1660, and although promised the captaincy of the musketeers at the close of Twenty Years After, D'Artagnan is still trailing his sword in the Louvre as a lowly lieutenant. Louis XIV is well past the age where he should rule, but the ailing Cardinal Mazarin refuses to relinquish the reins of power. Meanwhile, Charles II, a king without a country, travels Europe seeking aid from his fellow monarchs. Athos still resides at La Fère while his son, Raoul de Bragelonne, has entered into the service in the household of M. le Prince. As for Raoul, he has his eyes on an entirely different object than his father -- his childhood companion, Louise de la Vallière, with whom he is hopelessly in love. Porthos, now a baron, is off on some mysterious mission along with Aramis, who is now the Bishop of Vannes.
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Towards the middle of the month of May, in the year 1660, at nine o'clock in the morning, when the sun, already high in the heavens, was fast absorbing the dew from the ramparts of the castle of Blois, a little cavalcade, composed of three men and two pages, re–entered the city by the bridge, without producing any other effect upon the passengers of the quay beyond a first movement of the hand to the head, as a salute, and a second movement of the tongue to express, in the purest French then spoken in France: "There is Monsieur returning from hunting." And that was all.

Whilst, however, the horses were climbing the steep acclivity which leads from the river to the castle, several shop–boys approached the last horse, from whose saddle–bow a number of birds were suspended by the beak.

On seeing this, the inquisitive youths manifested with rustic freedom their contempt for such paltry sport, and, after a dissertation among themselves upon the disadvantages of hawking, they returned to their occupations; one only of the curious party, a stout, stubby, cheerful lad, having demanded how it was that Monsieur, who, from his great revenues, had it in his power to amuse himself so much better, could be satisfied with such mean diversions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012620453
Publisher:
MT Publishing Co.
Publication date:
11/30/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Alexandre Dumas (Père) 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 novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, and The Man in the Iron Mask were serialized, and he also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent.

In 1829 his first solo play, Henry III and his Court, was produced, meeting with great public acclaim and after writing many successful plays, he turned his efforts to novels.

Dumas made extensive use of the aid of numerous ghost-writers of which Auguste Maquet was the best known. It was Maquet who outlined the plot of The Count of Monte Cristo and made substantial contributions to The Three Musketeers and its sequels, as well as several other novels. When working together, Maquet proposed plots and wrote drafts, while Dumas added the details, dialogues, and the final chapters.

Despite his success and aristocratic connections, being of mixed-blood would affect him all his life. In 1843, he wrote a short novel, Georges, which addressed some of the issues of race and the effects of colonialism. Nevertheless, racist attitudes impacted his rightful position in France's history long after his death in 1870.

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The Vicomte de Bragelonne 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
jfb More than 1 year ago
I was really interested in reading this, but it just ended up dissapointing me. I really enjoyed The Three Musketeers, but this book was nothing like it. None of the musketeers are even together; they're all on their own seperate missions, traveling from place to place. Their missions are pretty dry and uninteresting as well. In scenes where Dumas could have had swash-buckling sword fights or action scenes, he simply decides for the characters to make peace and do nothing. The part that irritated me the most was that the plot went absolutely no where! When specific characters were going on missions, Dumas makes it seem like there just going to work in the morning, with no clear goal other than to get done with as little action as possible. There are no real objective or climactic scenes. It's just dull.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like the style of Dumas or have read and enjoyed any of the other Dumas books then this is a book just for you. It's a great book but I must warn you that it's a long one because if you read this be ready to read the two other sequels as well. I recommend that you read Three Musketeers and twenty years after before reading this one. This is the beginning of the last adventure of the musketeers and the most suprising one. With it's theme of friendship, love, intrigue, the palace and the life of our musketeers this novel is a masterpiece. Just be patient at the beginning and you'll really enjoy the rest of the 3 books. You'll love it... !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading The Vicomte de Bragelonne because it fulfilled my expectations about the adventures of The Three Musketeers later on in their lives. With it's outstanding plot, action and intrigue, The Vicomte de Bragelonne makes a great book to read if you want to find out more about The Three Musketeers and their further adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iron man 3 is the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must have read the three musketteers and twenty years after for this to make an inkling if sense. ALEXANDRE DUMAS RULES!!!! LONG LIVE THE MUSKETEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!!!!
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After reading and enjoying "The Three Musketeers" and "Twenty Years After" I picked up this one expecting to read another wonderful story about Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan. Well, with the exception of "The Man in the Iron Mask", I can't recall ever being more disappointed with a book than I was with this one. First of all, the book has very little to do with the four musketeers. So if you want to read it for the characters, you will be greatly disappointed. Aramis and Porthos are hardly in this book. They don't even appear in it at all until nearly 500 pages into it. (The book has about 650 pages.) And then they pretty much have a "Blink and you'll miss them" type of appearance. Athos is in it a fairly good bit during the first half, but he is absent for most of the second half. D'Artagnan's appearance in the book is decent especially when compared to that of the others. Then there's the fact that the book has no plot. It consisted mostly of pointless scenes that had absolutely nothing to do with the stories that developed in "Louise de la Valliere" and "The Man in the Iron Mask". Basically, Dumas kept starting stories and then abruptly ending them which made the book a very confusing and tedious read to me. I kept reading this book and the next two hoping that the purpose of these stories would be explained to me but they never were.