Did you know that d’Artagnan in Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers was based on a real person, as was the Musketeers rivalry with the Cardinal’s Guards?
The Musketeers had been formed by King Louis XIII for his own protection, this led Cardinal Richelieu to create the Cardinal’s Guard for his protection. It was therefore inevitable that there would be rivalry, and competition between the two. What a splendid plot for a fictional book.
Dumas took even more from the Musketeers, for example the real Musketeer captain-lieutenant was a Captain Troisvilles (Tréville), he used the same name in the book, then he took the names of the three Musketeers from the list of musketeers:
Of course, the hero had to come from the Musketeers, and he did, he stole the last name of “Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, sieur d’Artagnan”. Yes, they had a lot of names in those days!
Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, sieur d’Artagnan was born around 1614 in the château of Castelmore in Lupiac in Gascony. He was one of 7 children, he had 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
The real D’Artagnan saw action in the early 1640s, having found himself a patron, (you needed one to get on in France in those days), in the form of Cardinal Mazarin, Richelieu’s protégé and successor as First Minister of France.
He even had an abiding love, Constance, his true love, again Dumas pinched the name and the romance.
From these real life characters and events Alexandre Dumas wove the brilliant story we love today.
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Isn’t history fun!