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The Man in the Iron Mask

Alexandre Dumas

In this, the last of the Three Musketeers novels, Dumas builds on the true story of a mysterious prisoner held incognito in the French penal system, forced to wear a mask when seen by any but his jailer or his valet. If you have skipped the novels between The Three Musketeers and this, a few notes will bring you into the story: On one side – Aramis, now a bishop and secretly the Captain-General of the Jesuit Order, who believes he has found a path to a higher honor – the papacy. Monsieur Fouquet, the vastly rich minister of finance, Aramis’ ally. Philippe, the identical twin of King Louis XIV, who grew up in ignorance of his pedigree, and whose surrogate parents were murdered on the king’s order and himself sent into the notorious Paris prison, the Bastille, there held in solitary confinement. On the other side – King Louis XIV, selected as the twin who would be king by his mother, and who intends that his brother will never challenge him. Monsieur Colbert, first minister, who is jealous of Fouquet and plots his downfall. Unaligned and in danger of collateral damage – d’Artagnan, now captain of the King’s Musketeers and so the king’s chief defender, who suspects plots running beneath the surface and who is trying to unearth them. Athos, now the Comte (Count) de la Fer and one of the most respected noblemen of France. Raoul, Athos’ son and vicomte (viscount), desperately in love with Mademoiselle de la Valliere, who the king has taken as his mistress. Porthos, grown extremely stout and happy as the Baron du Vallon. Aramis discovers the hidden Philippe and hatches a plot to substitute him for the sitting king, putting Louis in Philippe’s cell in the Bastille. This even succeeds… for a short while. But Aramis has not reckoned with a man whose loyalty to the throne exceeds his own welfare and who disastrously reverses the plot. Now it is time for the plotters to scurry to cover, there to figure some way to recover their lost ambitions. (Summary written by Mark Smith.)

In this, the last of the Three Musketeers novels, Dumas builds on the true story of a mysterious prisoner held incognito in the French penal system, forced to wear a mask when seen by any but his jailer or his valet. If you have skipped the novels between The Three Musketeers and this, a few notes will bring you into the story: On one side – Aramis, now a bishop and secretly the Captain-General of the Jesuit Order, who believes he has found a path to a higher honor – the papacy. Monsieur Fouquet, the vastly rich minister of finance, Aramis’ ally. Philippe, the identical twin of King Louis XIV, who grew up in ignorance of his pedigree, and whose surrogate parents were murdered on the king’s order and himself sent into the notorious Paris prison, the Bastille, there held in solitary confinement. On the other side – King Louis XIV, selected as the twin who would be king by his mother, and who intends that his brother will never challenge him. Monsieur Colbert, first minister, who is jealous of Fouquet and plots his downfall. Unaligned and in danger of collateral damage – d’Artagnan, now captain of the King’s Musketeers and so the king’s chief defender, who suspects plots running beneath the surface and who is trying to unearth them. Athos, now the Comte (Count) de la Fer and one of the most respected noblemen of France. Raoul, Athos’ son and vicomte (viscount), desperately in love with Mademoiselle de la Valliere, who the king has taken as his mistress. Porthos, grown extremely stout and happy as the Baron du Vallon. Aramis discovers the hidden Philippe and hatches a plot to substitute him for the sitting king, putting Louis in Philippe’s cell in the Bastille. This even succeeds… for a short while. But Aramis has not reckoned with a man whose loyalty to the throne exceeds his own welfare and who disastrously reverses the plot. Now it is time for the plotters to scurry to cover, there to figure some way to recover their lost ambitions. (Summary written by Mark Smith.)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In this, the last of the Three Musketeers novels, Dumas builds on the true story of a mysterious prisoner held incognito in the French penal system, forced to wear a mask when seen by any but his jailer or his valet. If you have skipped the novels between The Three Musketeers and this, a few notes will bring you into the story: On one side – Aramis, now a bishop and secretly the Captain-General of the Jesuit Order, who believes he has found a path to a higher honor – the papacy. Monsieur Fouquet, the vastly rich minister of finance, Aramis’ ally. Philippe, the identical twin of King Louis XIV, who grew up in ignorance of his pedigree, and whose surrogate parents were murdered on the king’s order and himself sent into the notorious Paris prison, the Bastille, there held in solitary confinement. On the other side – King Louis XIV, selected as the twin who would be king by his mother, and who intends that his brother will never challenge him. Monsieur Colbert, first minister, who is jealous of Fouquet and plots his downfall. Unaligned and in danger of collateral damage – d’Artagnan, now captain of the King’s Musketeers and so the king’s chief defender, who suspects plots running beneath the surface and who is trying to unearth them. Athos, now the Comte (Count) de la Fer and one of the most respected noblemen of France. Raoul, Athos’ son and vicomte (viscount), desperately in love with Mademoiselle de la Valliere, who the king has taken as his mistress. Porthos, grown extremely stout and happy as the Baron du Vallon. Aramis discovers the hidden Philippe and hatches a plot to substitute him for the sitting king, putting Louis in Philippe’s cell in the Bastille. This even succeeds… for a short while. But Aramis has not reckoned with a man whose loyalty to the throne exceeds his own welfare and who disastrously reverses the plot. Now it is time for the plotters to scurry to cover, there to figure some way to recover their lost ambitions. (Summary written by Mark Smith.)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

21h 5m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

34:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

34:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:16


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

41:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

41:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

23:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

29:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

21:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

14:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

20:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

19:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

24:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

24:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

26:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:41


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

14:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

15:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

20:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

12:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

16:12


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

17:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

14:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

20:24


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

16:51


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

14:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

14:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

16:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

13:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

15:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

15:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

31:35


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

31:47