One of France's best-selling writers at the time of the novel's
composition, Dumas here combines what he considered to be life's
essentials - `l'action et l'amour'. This historical romance is the
climax of his epic of chivalry and valour that began with The Three
Musketeers, and it is here that Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and their
friend d'Artagnan, once invincible, meet their destinies. This
edition provides background information and notes crucial to an
understanding of the legend and the novel's setting.