This story is an exciting and
fascinating adventure that takes place in France during the 17th century
and was written by Alexandre Dumas (1802—1870).
The three inseparable adventurers are
named Athos, Porthos and Aramis, who fight for their King Louis XIII
against Cardinal Richelieu. D’Artagnan heroically joins this dueling
trio as the fourth member of the band.
One for all and all for ones is the
motto of the King’s Three Musketeers. Countless films made this
threesome famous throughout the world. As always, a beautiful woman is
at the center of the story. In this case, it is the Austrian born Queen
Anna. She presents her beloved Buckingham a gift of twelve diamond pins,
which actually had been given to her as a gift from the king. Cardinal
Richelieu, the antagonist and influential counsellor at the court, sees
in this act a singular opportunity to expose her and bring about her
downfall. He suggests to the king to hold a great festive palace ball
and to have Queen Anna wearing her jewelery, the twelve diamond
And so the musketeers’ mission
becomes a mad race against time to get the pins back in time. Our
gallant heroes accomplish this adventure, in spite of the many hurdles
that Cardinal Richelieu places in their way. The whole game becomes very
expensive for him, as he is forced to contribute two additional diamond
pins. The Queen winds up with fourteen diamond pins at the palace ball
instead of twelve.
But whatever became of the courageous
musketeers? D’Artagnan was promoted to Lieutenant, Porthos married a
wealthy widow, Aramis entered the cloister in Lorraine and Athos left
the service of the king upon coming into a small inheritance.