Excellent, Intermediate, Alexandre Dumas, Brett Helquist, History, France, Adventure, Heroes
Though he sets off on his adventure on an embarrassingly yellow horse, the feisty and gallant D'artagnan is determined to find dignity by joining the French king’s special guard, the Musketeers. Initially, his chances seem limited when he challenges the legendary Athos, Porthos, and Aramis to duels his first day, but he later gains their friendship. Together they fight the schemes of Cardinal Richelieu for the king and honor. The foursome become entangled in a plot involving the Queen of France and her English lover, the Duke of Buckingham. D’artagnan falls in love with the queen’s maid Constance Bonacieux, and thanks to his meddling, foils the Cardinal’s plan to expose the Queen and earns a powerful enemy. He is bequeathed the enmity of Richelieu's prime spy, the seductive Milady, when he disguises himself as her lover. The Musketeers must traverse France and England in an effort to stop the assassination of the Duke of Buckingham and rescue Constance who has been kidnapped. Unfortunately, Milady’s venomous ways succeed in causing both their deaths. The Musketeers bring her to justice and D'artagnan is rewarded for his bravery with a high position in the King’s guard. Though he is heartbroken, his adventures have helped him grow to become a respectable Musketeer.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Three Musketeers,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 37
, Article 21.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol37/iss6/21