The Three Musketeers is a novel by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of d’Artagnan, a young man who joins the Musketeers of the Guard. The novel has been adapted into numerous films and television shows.
Three musketeers met as children at a military academy in Paris run by Monsieur de Tréville. They became fast friends and have remained close ever since, although their personalities differ greatly: Athos is a veteran soldier who is calm and calculating; Porthos is an amorous glutton; Aramis is pious but not without humor or ambition.
The novel is about three friends who are musketeers for King Louis XIII of France during his war with Austria. Their adventures include fighting off Cardinal Richelieu’s guards, foiling an assassination attempt on Queen Anne of Austria and rescuing her daughter from kidnappers in Paris.
Three main characters are also skilled swordsmen and fighters. The Three Musketeers have been considered to be the epitome of chivalry by many over time.
The book has been translated into over 100 languages and is one of the most popular novels of all time. It also inspired many films and plays, including The Man in the Iron Mask.
The novel was first serialized from March to July 1844 in the literary magazine Journal des Débats. The Three Musketeers was first published in book form by Charpentier on 1 October 1844. And it’s considered one of the best novels ever written.