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"Sundial in a Grave: 1610"

"Sundial in a Grave: 1610"

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A Book Review of "Sundial in a Grave: 1610"
A Book Review of "Sundial in a Grave: 1610"

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Published by: Fanny Fae on Mar 11, 2013
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 A Book Review of 
Mary Gentle’s
 
Sundial in a Grave:1610
By Christina Paul
 
Sundial in a Grave:1610
” by Mary Gentle was a very huge disappointment for me.
Given the
author’s scholarly background, quite frankly, I expected far 
more. It pains me to say it, for likethe author, I am someone who has also spent a considerable amount of time researching thehistorical figures behind the famous Alexandre Dumas characters. One of my favourites, is theunderappreciated and certainly underutilized Comte de Rochefort, without whom, the novels,
“The Three Musketeers,” “Thirty Years After,” and indeed, much of Dumas’ fiction simply
would not be."The Mémoires de Monsieur le Comte de Rochefort", which the author in her forewordacknowledged, was written by Gatien Courtilz de Sandras in the seventeenth century and this book, along with a similar "fictionalized" memoirs of M. D'Aartagnan. These served as the major sources of inspiration for Alexandre Dumas' many masterpieces, including "The ThreeMusketeers". What many fail to realise is that de Sandras penned these books having actuallyknown the real men behind the stories while he had served in the French military. Cortilz knewthese men. Duma was merely borrowing from history, as he often had a tendency to do. Theentire plot device regarding Athos' wife, Charlotte and the brand of the Fleur-de-lis was borrowed wholesale from de Sandras' account of Rochefort's stepmother, for example.

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