The Three Musketeers (1844) is one of the most famous historical
novels ever written. It is also one of the world's greatest
historical adventure stories, and its heroes have become symbols
for the spirit of youth, daring, and comradeship. The action takes
place in the 1620s at the court of Louis XIII, where the
musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, with their companion, the
headstrong d'Artagnan, are engaged in a battle against Richelieu,
the King's minister, and the beautiful, unscrupulous spy, Milady.
Behind the flashing blades and bravura, in this first adventure of
the Musketeers, Dumas explores the eternal conflict between good
and evil. This new edition is the most fully annotated to date in
English, providing explanatory notes which set the work in its
historical, literary, and cultural context.