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The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas père

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas père

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Project Gutenberg's The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas, Pere This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Man in the Iron Mask Author: Alexandre Dumas, Pere Posting Date: August 12, 2008 [EBook #2759] Release Date: August, 2001 Language: English *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTE
Project Gutenberg's The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas, Pere This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Man in the Iron Mask Author: Alexandre Dumas, Pere Posting Date: August 12, 2008 [EBook #2759] Release Date: August, 2001 Language: English *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTE

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Project Gutenberg's The Man in the Iron Mask, by Alexandre Dumas, PereThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: The Man in the Iron MaskAuthor: Alexandre Dumas, PerePosting Date: August 12, 2008 [EBook #2759]Release Date: August, 2001Language: English*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK ***Produced by John BurseyTHE MAN IN THE IRON MASKby Alexandre DumasTranscriber's Notes:As you may be aware, Project Gutenberg has been involved with thewritings of both the Alexandre Dumases for some time now, and since weget a few questions about the order in which the books should be read,and in which they were published, these following comments shouldhopefully help most of our readers.***The Vicomte de Bragelonne is the final volume of D'Artagnan Romances:it is usually split into three or four parts, and the final portionis entitled The Man in the Iron Mask. The Man in the Iron Mask we'refamiliar with today is the last volume of the four-volume edition.[Not all the editions split them in the same manner, hence some of theconfusion...but wait...there's yet more reason for confusion.]We intend to do ALL of The Vicomte de Bragelonne, split into fouretexts entitled The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de laValliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask.One thing that may be causing confusion is that the etext we have now,entitled Ten Years Later, says it's the sequel to The Three Musketeers.While this is technically true, there's another book, Twenty Years
 
After, that comes between. The confusion is generated by the two factsthat we published Ten Years Later BEFORE we published Twenty YearsAfter, and that many people see those titles as meaning Ten and TwentyYears "After" the original story...however, this is why the differentwords "After" and "Later"...the Ten Years "After" is ten years afterthe Twenty Years later...as per history. Also, the third book of theD'Artagnan Romances, while entitled The Vicomte de Bragelonne, has thesubtitle Ten Years Later. These two titles are also given to differentvolumes: The Vicomte de Bragelonne can refer to the whole book, or thefirst volume of the three or four-volume editions. Ten Years Latercan, similarly, refer to the whole book, or the second volume of thefour-volume edition. To add to the confusion, in the case of our etexts,it refers to the first 104 chapters of the whole book, covering materialin the first and second etexts in the new series. Here is a guide to theseries which may prove helpful:The Three Musketeers: Etext 1257--First book of the D'Artagnan Romances.Covers the years 1625-1628.Twenty Years After: Etext 1259--Second book of the D'Artagnan Romances.Covers the years 1648-1649. [Third in the order that we published, butsecond in time sequence!!!]Ten Years Later: Etext 1258--First 104 chapters of the third book of theD'Artagnan Romances. Covers the years 1660-1661.The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Etext 2609 (first in the new series)--First75 chapters of the third book of the D'Artagnan Romances. Covers theyear 1660.Ten Years Later: Etext 2681 (second in the new series)--Chapters76-140 of that third book of the D'Artagnan Romances. Covers the years1660-1661. [In this particular editing of it]Louise de la Valliere: Etext 2710 (third in the new series)--Chapters141-208 of the third book of the D'Artagnan Romances. Covers the year1661.The Man in the Iron Mask: Etext 2759 (our next text)--Chapters209-269 of the third book of the D'Artagnan Romances. Covers the years1661-1673.Here is a list of the other Dumas Etexts we have published so far:Sep 1999 La Tulipe Noire, by AlexandreDumas[Pere#6/French][tlpnrxxx.xxx]1910 This is an abridged edition inFrench, also see our full length English Etext Jul 1997 The Black Tulip,by Alexandre Dumas[Pere][Dumas#1][tbtlpxxx.xxx] 965 Jan 1998 The Countof Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas[Pere][crstoxxx.xxx]1184Many thanks to Dr. David Coward, whose editions of the D'ArtagnanRomances have proved an invaluable source of information.Introduction:In the months of March-July in 1844, in the magazine Le Siecle, thefirst portion of a story appeared, penned by the celebrated playwrightAlexandre Dumas. It was based, he claimed, on some manuscripts he had
 
found a year earlier in the Bibliotheque Nationale while researching ahistory he planned to write on Louis XIV. They chronicled the adventuresof a young man named D'Artagnan who, upon entering Paris, became almostimmediately embroiled in court intrigues, international politics, andill-fated affairs between royal lovers. Over the next six years, readerswould enjoy the adventures of this youth and his three famous friends,Porthos, Athos, and Aramis, as their exploits unraveled behind thescenes of some of the most momentous events in French and even Englishhistory.Eventually these serialized adventures were published in novel form,and became the three D'Artagnan Romances known today. Here is a briefsummary of the first two novels:The Three Musketeers (serialized March--July, 1844): The year is 1625.The young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris at the tender age of 18, andalmost immediately offends three musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos.Instead of dueling, the four are attacked by five of the Cardinal'sguards, and the courage of the youth is made apparent during the battle.The four become fast friends, and, when asked by D'Artagnan's landlordto find his missing wife, embark upon an adventure that takes themacross both France and England in order to thwart the plans of theCardinal Richelieu. Along the way, they encounter a beautiful young spy,named simply Milady, who will stop at nothing to disgrace Queen Anne ofAustria before her husband, Louis XIII, and take her revenge upon thefour friends.Twenty Years After (serialized January--August, 1845): The year is now1648, twenty years since the close of the last story. Louis XIII hasdied, as has Cardinal Richelieu, and while the crown of France may situpon the head of Anne of Austria as Regent for the young Louis XIV,the real power resides with the Cardinal Mazarin, her secret husband.D'Artagnan is now a lieutenant of musketeers, and his three friends haveretired to private life. Athos turned out to be a nobleman, the Comte dela Fere, and has retired to his home with his son, Raoul de Bragelonne.Aramis, whose real name is D'Herblay, has followed his intention ofshedding the musketeer's cassock for the priest's robes, and Porthos hasmarried a wealthy woman, who left him her fortune upon her death. Buttrouble is stirring in both France and England. Cromwell menaces theinstitution of royalty itself while marching against Charles I, and athome the Fronde is threatening to tear France apart. D'Artagnan bringshis friends out of retirement to save the threatened English monarch,but Mordaunt, the son of Milady, who seeks to avenge his mother's deathat the musketeers' hands, thwarts their valiant efforts. Undaunted, ourheroes return to France just in time to help save the young Louis XIV,quiet the Fronde, and tweak the nose of Cardinal Mazarin.The third novel, The Vicomte de Bragelonne (serialized October,1847--January, 1850), has enjoyed a strange history in its Englishtranslation. It has been split into three, four, or five volumes atvarious points in its history. The five-volume edition generally doesnot give titles to the smaller portions, but the others do. In thethree-volume edition, the novels are entitled The Vicomte de Bragelonne,Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask. For the purposes ofthis etext, I have chosen to split the novel as the four-volume editiondoes, with these titles: The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later,Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask. In the first threeetexts:The Vicomte de Bragelonne (Etext 2609): It is the year 1660, and

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