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The Vicomte De Bragelonne

Alexandre Dumas

Book Overview: 

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later is the last of the Musketeer novels. It is usually divided into four volumes, The Vicomte de Bragerlonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Vallière, and The Man in the Iron Mask. This is the first of those 4 volumes, The Vicomte de Bragerlonne.

After 35 years of loyal service, d'Artagnan resigns as Cardinal Mazarin is the true power behind the throne. He resolves to aid the exiled Charles II to retake the throne of England, unaware that Athos is attempting the same. With their assistance Charles II is restored to the throne and d'Artagnan is rewarded richly.

In France Cardinal Mazarin has died, leaving Louis to assume power with Jean-Baptiste Colbert as his adviser. Louis persuades d'Artagnan to reenter his service, and tasks him to investigate Belle-Ile, the property of Nicolas Fouquet, promising him a substantial salary and promotion to Captain of the King's Musketeers on his return.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . and despoiled, when it ought to be rich and powerful. I yesterday evening, for example, open the door to a king of England, whose father, humble as I am, I was near saving, if God had not been against me—God, who inspired His elect, Cromwell! I open, I said, the door, that is to say, the palace of one brother to another brother, and I see—stop, sire, that is a load on my heart!—I see the minister of that king drive away the proscribed prince, and humiliate his master by condemning to want another king, his equal. Then I see my prince, who is young, handsome and brave, who has courage in his heart and lightening in his eye,—I see him tremble before a priest, who laughs at him behind the curtain of his alcove, where he digests all the gold of France, which he afterwards stuffs into secret coffers. Yes—I understand your looks, sire. I am bold to madness; but what is to be said? I am an old man, and I tell you here, sire, to you, my king, things which . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great addition to "Three Musketeers Series." Can't wait to get on to the next, but I must.

Thought it was amusing that the title's namesake didn't really appear much in the book until the end. And it was actually quite a cliffhanger at the end there.

I like the characters even more as they age. T...more

In case I haven't made myself perfectly clear, I am 10000% obsessed with this series.

The Musketeers are officially my bros, and when I read about them I imagine them as friends, which means I feel their experiences that much more significantly. I laugh out loud, I grin, I gasp, I tear up, I bite...more

Although this book is titled Vicomte de Bragelonne, there is very little about Raoul. There is a chapter of two in the beginning, a couple in the middle and a few at the end, all the plot in between has nothing to do with him. In fact, with the exception of D'artagnan, there isn't much about any...more

Acquistato anni fa sull'onda emotiva suscitatami dalla lettura de I tre moschettieri, questo romanzo ha aspettato parecchio tempo prima di essere letto; un po' perché è l'ultimo volume della trilogia dei moschettieri e quindi leggerlo, per me, significava salutare i quattro valorosi cavalieri; un...more

I can 't believe how much I've been enjoying my rash of Dumas novels lately. I've read the first three D'Artagnan novels in quick succession and cannot recommend them highly enough. This is Volume One of the last book (sometimes referred to as Ten Years Later) to be followed by Louise de Valliere...more

I finished it! It took me longer to complete this book than it did War and Peace! I should reconsider my obsessive compulsion toward unabridged literature and my inability to accept a blemish on my record of consecutive completed reads. This book just dragged on and on and on and on and...

As the...more

Tomo mastodontico, questo libro chiude le vicende dei quattro personaggi creati da Dumas e noti collettivamente come "I moschettieri".

Un libro che, oltre a seguire le vicende dei quattro e del loro figlioccio Raul, offre come i precedenti uno spaccato interessantissimo delle vicende storiche dell...more

The sprawling three-thousand-page saga of the Four Musketeers is the meerschaum pipe of adventure literature. Although it first attracts attention by its intricately carved detail, it is even more remarkable for the way it ages, for it reveals a rich range of colors as it progresses, each darker...more

3 stars. I was a bit surprised to have the book end as I still had several CDs of the audiobook to go! This discrepancy is annoying but understandable as both the book and the audiobook are just the first part of the book Dumas originally wrote as the final novel of the d'Artagnan trilogy. This l...more

Se da una parte il mio cuore vorrebbe dare le cinque stelline piene a questo romanzo (perché un'opera che è riuscita a far piangere una persona che non si commuove facilmente e non ha mai - e sottolineo, mai - pianto per un libro merita il massimo a prescindere), dall'altra la mia coscienza e l'o...more

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