We all know The Three Musketeers it is fictional story written around real people such as Cardinal Richelieu, but did you know that d’Artagnan also existed, but 20 years later!

He was a Musketeer and rose to become Captaine Lieutenant of the Musketeers, their commander.  He was from Gasconny and during his colourful life was favoured by two kings and a cardinal.  He ended his career as the Governor of Lille and died on the battlefield in 1673.  He aslo had a cousin, Pierre de Montesquiou Comte d’Artagnan, who eventually became a Marshall of France, the highest military rank achievable in France.

An even more interesting fact is that in his memoirs d’Artagnan’s tells the story of his first interview for the Musketeers where he met three men with the names Athos, Porthos and Aramis.  There were actually three musketeers called Armand de Sillegue d’Athos d’Auteville, Isaac de Portau and Henri d’Aramitz on the list at this time.

So they could have been real people, but we don’t know their personality do we!


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