Alexandre Dumas
Penguin Classics, London, 2007, English; originally published in 1844 in French
ISBN: 9780143105008

From the Publisher. The Three Musketeers is the most famous of Alexandre Dumas’s historical novels and one of the most popular adventure stories ever written. Now in a bracing new translation, this swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of d’Artagnan, a brash young man from the countryside who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to become a musketeer and guard to King Louis XIII. Before long he finds treachery and court intrigue—and also three companions: the daring swordsmen Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together they strive heroically to defend the honor of their queen against the powerful Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady.

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Cleto Munari

When Alexandre Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers he also was a practicing fencer, like many other French gentlemen. The three musketeers’ gestures were part of my dreams and desires for an adventurous life, full of noble values so important after the terrible devastion of World War II, which I lived through as a boy.

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