The Three Musketeers. It is the year 1627, and young D'Artagnan comes to Paris with a dream - to become a King's Musketeer. Three of these brave soldiers - Porthos, Athos and Aramis - soon become his friends. After a short time d'Artagnan has fallen in love - and into great danger. Can the three musketeers and d'Artagnan fight against the evil plans of the beautiful Milady and the cruel Cardinal Richelieu?
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great literary adventures.The hero is Edmond Dantes, a young sailor who, falsely accused of treason, is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape he sets out to discover the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies. A novel ofenormous tension and excitement, Monte Cristo is also a tale of obsession and revenge, with Dantes, believing himself to be an 'Angel of Providence', pursuing his vengeance to the bitter end before realizing that he himself is a victim of fate.This new edition uses the classic, anonymous translation that has been in print since the nineteenth century.
The Man in the Iron Mask is a name given to a prisoner arrested as Eustache d'Auger in 1669, and held in a number of jails, including the Bastille and the Fortress of Pignerol (today Pinerolo). He was held in the custody of the same jailer, Bénigne Dauvergne de Saint-Mars, for a period of 34 years. He died on 19 November 1703 under the name of Marchioly, during the reign of Louis XIV of France, 1643-1715. The possible identity of this man has been thoroughly discussed and has been the subject of many books,because no one ever saw his face, which was hidden by a mask of black velvet cloth.
Twenty Years After is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, first serialized from January to August, 1845. A book of the D'Artagnan Romances, it is a sequel to The Three Musketeers and precedes The Vicomte de Bragelonne (which includes the sub-plot, Man in the Iron Mask). The novel follows events in France during La Fronde, during the childhood reign of Louis XIV, and in England near the end of the English Civil War, leading up to the victory of Oliver Cromwell and the execution of King Charles I. Dumas comes out on the side of the monarchy in general, or at least he supports the idea of a well-meaning, liberal monarchy. His musketeers are valiant and just in their efforts to protect young Louis XIV and the doomed Charles I from their attackers. This book is the least well-known of the Musketeer saga but works effectively as a sequel, with reappearances by most main characters and a number of subplots.
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo. Le 24 février 1815, au début du règne de Louis XVIII, et jour où Napoléon quitte l'île d'Elbe, Edmond Dantès, jeune marin, second du navire Le Pharaon débarque à Marseille pour s'y marier le lendemain avec sa fiancée, la Catalane Mercédès. Il est criminellement dénoncé par des amis jaloux comme bonapartiste et enfermé dans une geôle du château d'If, au large de Marseille. Après quatorze années, d'abord passées dans la solitude et le désespoir puis régénéré et instruit par un compagnon de captivité, l'abbé Faria, il réussit enfin à s'échapper et prend possession d'un trésor légué par l'abbé sur l'île de Monte-Cristo. Riche et puissant et devenu le comte de Monte-Cristo, il entreprend de se venger de ceux qui l'ont accusé et précipité dans l'abîme.
Alexandre Dumas, père, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (24 July 1802 - 5 December 1870) was a French writer, best known for his 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, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne were originally serialized. He also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent.