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The Musketeers. One for all and I am all for it.

Visual representation of historical settings, characters and events mixed with a pinch of fiction, makes a troublesome yet delightful storytelling. Just look at shows like Vikings and Black Sails.

The Musketeers is a historical-action TV-drama based on the characters from Alexandre Dumas’s historical novel The Three Musketeers (1844).

Fun fact 1: The Musketeers of the Guard were indeed a military branch (created mid-1600 and disbanded early 1700) by King Louis XIII of France. They were light cavalry equipped with muskets, which was a “new” combination. Shooting from horseback became an important military strategy for many reasons. However, the Musketeers were not as portrayed in Dumas’s novel, the royal family’s personal bodyguard.

Fun fact 2: The Musketeers was open to lower classes of French nobility. Their prominent fighting spirit is considered real since excelling their task, was the only way for social advancement. Interestingly enough, they are known as musketeers rightfully because of the muskets, but they are more famous for their sword fighting, i.e. swashbuckling.

Fun fact 3: Cardinal Richelieu (yep, real too but perhaps not as sinister but then again he could have been worse) did indeed create his own unit of bodyguards and the bitter rivalry between the two units are in fact true.

Dumas based his novel on Memoirs of Mister d’Artagnan (originally a much longer and french’ier title) from 1700. D’Artagnan is a historical person but Dumas’s version of him is more famous.

The Musketeers is much less an adaptation of the novel as it is a tribute to every swashbuckling movie ever made. A celebration of lovers and drunkards!

Successfully, I may add.

 Christine

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9 thoughts on “The Musketeers. One for all and I am all for it.

  1. Very interesting information. I didn’t know that they were named after the muskets they carried. Thanks for following my blog. I am humbled and delighted. Cheers!

  2. 3 Musketeers was one of the very first books I read with more words than pictures. Your post brought back happy memories! And I knew about all the three facts 🙂

  3. I can tell by this post an the last I’ve found a kindred well-readl geek with a sense of humor AND the absurd.
    All hail Errol Flynn speaking of drunkards and lovers and swashbucklers 😉

    • Amen to that! Although, I prefer my drunkards and swasbucklers in literature, movies and TV-series. They are not the same in real life. I have met some.
      Have you seen this TV-series? If you have not, I seriously recommend it!

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