Alexandre Dumas wrote more than a few best-selling books and series, but the d'Artagnan Romances are, without a doubt, his most popular ones to date. It's safe to say that the majority of the world's population knows about this valiant man and read one or two books when he/she was a kid. As for The Vicomte of Bragelonne, it's the last installment in the ground-breaking series and was published in 1847.
The first chapter of the same name follows d'Artagnan's retirement: he's been a loyal servant for 35 full years, and now he's finally ready to get some time to himself and to enjoy life a bit. Louis XIV, in his opinion, is a weak and incompetent king, so, he makes it his duty to help Charles II, who's currently in exile, to get back on the throne of the UK.
The whole country is at stake, and if he fails to succeed, there might not be a country to rule anymore. Soon, the brave musketeer learns that Athos is trying to do the same, and together they manage to put Charles II back in the royal palace. Obviously, the new king repays the lads and makes them one of the richest folks on the planet. At the same time, Cardinal Mazarin of France has passed away, and Louis is now the king.
Three Musketeers series:
1. The three musketeers
2. Twenty years after
3. The Vicomte of Bragelonne. Ten Years Later (4 parts):
- The Vicomte of Bragelonne
- Ten Years Later
- Louise de la Vallière
- The man in the iron mask
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He's got Colbert as his financial adviser, and the man is plotting a huge conspiracy against the superintendent. Colbert swears to the young king that Fouquet is fortifying his mansion, so, Louis asks d'Artagnan to return and to serve France once again, promising him a huge salary and a prominent place in his kingdom. The musketeer is to investigate the “case” and to report to the king directly. Thus, d'Artagnan gets himself into a huge political game.