The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean, and in the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838. The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully…

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The Forty Five Guardsmen

The Forty Five Guardsmen

Alexandre Dumas

In this sequel to Chicot the Jester, Diane de Méridor takes revenge upon the Duc d’Anjou for his foul betrayal of Bussy d’Amboise. Historically it commences with the execution of Salcède and the arrival of the Forty-Five at Paris, and deals with the Guise intrigues, the campaign of Anjou in Flanders and his death; the events in the novel take place in 1584 and 85.

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The Knight of the Red House

The Knight of the Red House

Alexandre Dumas

Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge, (The Knight of the Red House, or The Knight of Maison-Rouge) is the final volume in The Marie Antoinette Romances. The “Chevalier de Maison-Eouge,” though it deals with events subsequent to those covered by the earlier stories of the Marie Antoinette cycle, was written at an earlier date. In it we are introduced to a new set of personages, and see no more of the characters whose fortunes furnish the…

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The Countess of Charny

The Countess of Charny

Alexandre Dumas

This is the fourth volume in the Marie Antoinette romances. The Countess de Charny begins where Storming the Bastille leaves off after the attack on Versailles and the Royal family is “escorted” back to Paris by that same mob and are installed in residence at the Tuileries Palace, while the various factions of the National Assembly sort out the politics…

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Storming the Bastille

Storming the Bastille

Alexandre Dumas

This is the third volume in the Marie Antoinette romances. ‘It was a winter night, and the ground around Paris was covered with snow, although the flakes had ceased to fall since some hours. Spite of the cold and the darkness, a young man, wrapped in a mantle so voluminous as to hide a babe in his arms, strode over the white fields out of the town of Villers Cotterets, in the woods, eighteen leagues from the capital, which…

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The Queen’s Necklace

The Queen's Necklace

Alexandre Dumas

This is the second volume in the Marie Antoinette romances. The Queen’s Necklace dramatizes an unsavory incident in the 1780s at the court of King Louis XVI of France involving the King’s wife, Marie Antoinette. Her reputation was already tarnished by gossip and scandal, and her implication in a crime involving a stolen necklace became one of the major turning-points of public opinion against the…

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The Memoirs of a Physician

The Memoirs of a Physician

Alexandre Dumas

The first volume in the Marie Antoinette romances. Features one of the strangest characters in literature, Joseph Balsamo, also known as Cagliostro (later a key figure in the Affair of the Necklace). An alchemist, conspirator, and Freemason, Balsamo figures prominently in the eventual downfall of the French monarchy.

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The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

Alexandre Dumas

The sixth and final book in the D’Artagnan Romances series. Deep inside the dreaded Bastille, a twenty-three-year-old prisoner called merely “Philippe” has languished for eight long, dark years. He does not know his real name or what crime he is supposed to have committed. But Aramis, one of the original Three Musketeers, has bribed his way into the cell to reveal the shocking secret that has kept Philippe locked away from the world.

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Louise De La Valliere

Louise De La Valliere

Alexandre Dumas

The fifth book in the D’Artagnan Romances series. Louise de la Valliere is the middle section of The Vicomte de Bragelonne. Against a tender love story, Dumas continues the suspense which began with The Vicomte de Bragelonne and will end with The Man in the Iron Mask. It is early summer, 1661, and the royal court of France is in turmoil. Can it be true that the King is in love with the Duchess D’Orleans?…

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Ten Years Later

Ten Years Later

Alexandre Dumas

The fourth book in The D’Artagnan Romances. D’Artagnan, a young swordsman intent on joining the king’s musketeers, becomes embroiled in court intrigues, international politics, and ill-fated affairs between royal lovers. Louis XIV is well past the age where he should rule, but the ailing Cardinal Mazarin refuses to relinquish the reins of power. Meanwhile, Charles II, a king without a country, travels to Europe seeking aid…

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The Vicomte De Bragelonne

The Vicomte De Bragelonne

Alexandre Dumas

The third book in the D’Artagnan Romances. It is now 1660, and although promised the captaincy of the musketeers at the close of Twenty Years After, D’Artagnan is still trailing his sword in the Louvre as a lowly lieutenant. Louis XIV is well past the age where he should rule, but the ailing Cardinal Mazarin refuses to relinquish the reins of power. Meanwhile, Charles II, a king without a country, travels Europe seeking…

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Twenty Years After

Twenty Years After

Alexandre Dumas

Book 2 in the D’Artagnan Romances series. Two decades have passed since the famous swordsmen triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady in The Three Musketeers. Time has weakened their resolve, and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and strategems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England, Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings his immortal quartet…

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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas

The first book in the D’Artagnan Romances series. The Three Musketeers is set in the 17th century; it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard. D’Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all”, a motto which is…

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A Tale Of Two Cities

A Tale Of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution…

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