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Historical Personality & Biography List
Of the late Sixteenth, the Seventeenth, and early eighteenth centuries
Aramis, Henri d’Aramitz: Aramis's real name was Henri d'Aramitz. Like his fictional counterpart, he was a clergyman, a Bernais, and like D'Artagnan, he was a Gascon. He joined the musketeers in 1640, married in 1654, had four children, and died around 1674. He was a nephew to M. de Treville, captain of the musketeers from 1634-1642. He was never, so far as history can tell, involved with the Jesuits. A German named Nickel was Vicar-General from 1652-1664 and from 1664-1681 an Italian named Jean-Paul Oliva headed the order.
Athenais, see Montespan, Athenais de Rochechouart de
Athos, Armand de Sillegue: Athos was, in real life, Armand de Sillegue d'Athos d'Auteville. He was born around 1615, joined the musketeers at the age of twenty-five, and died in
Barrail, Henri de: Friend of Lauzun.
Barbezieux, Louis Le Tellier, marquis de: son of Louvois.
Baisemeaux (Besmaux), Francois de Montlezun, sieur de: (1613?-97) Francois de Montlezun joined the musketeers in 1634 where he served with our four heroes' historical counterparts (that is: Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and d'Artagnan). He purchased the post of governor of the Bastile in 1658 for forty thousand livres, not one hundred and fifty thousand as Dumas claims, and held the post until his death. He left a fortune of two million livres.
Beaufort: (1616-69) Francois de Vendome, the Duc de Beaufort, was a grandson of Henry IV. and Gabrielle d'Estrees. He was jailed in
Belliere: (1608-1705) Suzanne de Bruc, Marquis de Plessis-Belliere, called Elise by Dumas, was widowed in 1654. She was very close to Fouquet, and it was she who organized his social engagements, not Madame Fouquet. When Fouquet was arrested in 1661, she was kept under house arrest until 1665.
Besmaux: see Baisemeaux.
Bergerac – see Cyrano de Bergerac.
Bragelonne: Dumas's source for the character Raoul de Bragelonne comes from a slight mention of a suitor of Louise de Valliere's while she was still at
Brienne, Henri-Auguste de Lomenie, comte de: confident of Anne of Austria.
Buckingham: (1627-87) George Villiers, the second Duke of Buckingham, was the son of the George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, who figured so prominently in The Three Musketeers, and Katherine Manners, then the richest heiress in England. After his father's assassination, he was raised alongside the children of Charles I. He was one of the rakes of Charles II's court - hot-tempered, unpredictable, and bisexual. Though he had great influence over the king, his disputes with the monarch landed him in the Tower on four separate occasions. His love for Henrietta-Anne Stuart was well-attested, and often drove him to extremities of behavior.
Chanlecy, Anne-Charlotte de: wife of Charles de Batz-Castelmore d’Artagnan.
Charles I: King of
Charles II: (1630-85) Charles Stuart fled to France in 1646, returned briefly to Scotland in 1651, where he was crowned, was routed by Cromwell in September, and returned to France until Mazarin signed a treaty with Cromwell in 1655 declaring the deposed monarch persona non grata in France. With Monk's support, he finally returned to
Chevreuse (Marie Michon), Marie de Rohan, duchesse de: (1600-79) Marie-Aime de Rohan Bazon married the Duc de Chevreuse in 1622. She was a close friend of Anne of Austria, and used many lovers in her plots against
Cinq-Mars, Henri Coffier de Ruze, marquis de: favorite of Louis XIII.
Colbert, Jean-Baptiste: (1619-83) Colbert was born in Reins, the son of a minor official and an agent of
Conde: (1621-86) Louis de Bourbon, Duc d'Enghien, became Prince de Conde in 1646, on the death of his father. During the 1640s he distinguished himself in several battles and gained a name for his military skills. He believed, however, that he had not been rewarded sufficiently, and alienated both the queen and Mazarin to the extent that he was jailed for a year in 1650. In retaliation he raised an army to take the king away from his advisors, failed, and left
Courtilz, Gatien de, de Sandras: former soldier turned writer and biographer. Among his 100 or so writings includes the famous “Memoirs of Monsieur d’Artagnan” and “The Memoirs of Rochefort.”
Cyrano de Bergerac, Hercule-Savinien: famous poet and duelist, immortized by Edmund Rostand in the late 1800’s.
Danger, Eustache – see Martin, Etienne
D'Artagnan: Charles de Batz-Ogier Castelmore, sieur d'Artagnan: was born in Lupiac around 1623. He came to
Dauger, Eustache – see Martin, Etienne
Du Junca, Etienne: King’s lieutenant at the Bastille.
Fouquet, Nicolas: (1615-80) Raised to power by Mazarin, Nicholas Fouquet was far from the brilliant administrator portrayed by Dumas. He built a vast fortune through blatant abuses of power during his tenure as superintendent of
Gaston d’Orleans: - see
Grande Mademoiselle, Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orleans: willful cousin of Louis XIV.
Guiche: (1637-73) Armand de Gramont, Comte de Guiche, was a soldier, adventurer. He was part of the entourage of Philippe d'Orleans, where many reckoned him the handsomest man at court. He was known for being vain, overbearing, and somewhat contemptuous, but many overlooked these flaws. It is generally accepted that he became the lover of Henrietta d'Orleans, but for a time he also paid court to Louise de la Valliere. Guiche was, however, not sufficiently enamored with Louise to challenge the king's affections, and, according to Madame de La Fayette (whose memoirs were one of Dumas's major sources), he "gave her up and even quarreled with her, using her very rudely." He was exiled in 1662 for attempting to come between Louis and Louise. He then fought against the Turks in
Gourville: (1625-1703) Jean Herault de Gourville participated in the Fronde before coming to work for Fouquet. After Fouquet's arrest he was sentenced to death, but he escaped to
Hautefort, Marie de: lady-in-waiting to Anne of Austria.
Henrietta-Anne Stuart: (1644-1670) daughter of Charles I and Henrietta-Maria (Henriette in the text), was left behind at
Joseph, Father (Pere Joseph): known as his grey eminence. Right hand man of
Jussac, Claude, comte de: expert duelist in Cardinal Richelieu’s Guards.
Lambert, John: (1619-83) John Lambert, though trained as a lawyer, turned out to be one of the greatest soldiers of the English Civil War. He played a large roll in installing Cromwell as Lord Protector, but later turned against him. He led disgruntled soldiers against Richard Cromwell, and in October 1659 he dismissed the "Rump" Parliament, effectively taking control of the country himself. Monk defeated him in 1661 and he was sent to the Tower in 1662. He was later banished to
La Reynie, Gabriel Nicolas:
La Valliere: (1644-1710) Francoise-Louise de la Baume le Blanc, later the Duchesse de la Valliere, was born near Amboise and became part of the entourage of the Duchesse d'Orleans at Blois. There it was rumored that a young man, later identified as Jean de Bragelonne, was in love with her. The affair did not progress far, but Dumas used it as his basis for the character of Raoul de Bragelonne. After the death of Gaston d'Orleans, she moved to
La Voisin, Catherine Montvoisin: notorious poisoner.
Lauzun, comte de: captain of the royal bodyguard.
Le Tellier, Michel: Louvois’ father, minister of Louis XIV.
Lionne, Hughes de: minister for foreign affairs under Louis XIV.
Louis XIII: king of France, son of king Henri IV., ruled from 1610 until his death in 1643.
Louis XIV: (1638-1715) Louis de Bourbon, "The Sun King," assumed the throne in 1643 after the death of Louis XIII. Anne of Austria ruled during his infancy, with Gaston d'Orleans as her Lieutenant-Governor and Mazarin as her first minister. Mazarin managed to not only preserve the monarchy through the Fronde, but also strengthen it considerably. Upon Mazarin's death in March, 1661, Louis determined to rule personally. With Colbert's assistance, he removed the corrupt Fouquet and declared himself the Sun King the following year. His rule of 72 years was the longest of any European monarch. Later in his reign, his wars threatened to bankrupt the state, as well as his legendary excesses, such as the great palace at
Louvois, Francois Michel Le Tellier, marquis de: minister of war under Louis XIV.
Madame: The title customarily given to the wife of the king's brother. Until 1660 it was given to Gaston d'Orleans's wife, Marguerite. After Gaston's death, it fell to Henrietta of England, and Marguerite was referred to as the "Dowager Madame." See also "Monsieur."
Maintenon, Madame de: mistress, later wife, of Louis XIV.
Malicorne: (1626-94) Germain Texier was the Baron de Malicorne. Although Dumas portrays him as the son of a syndic, he was in fact a squire of the Duc de Guise by 1648. He was also the lover of Mademoiselle de Pons. He married, in 1665, not Montalais, but a daughter from the first marriage of Saint-Remy, Louise de la Valliere's step-father.
Mancini, Marie de: (1640-1715) Marie de Mancini captured the young Louis XIV's heart in 1658, but he was forced to abandon her in favor of a political marriage to the Spanish Infanta Maria-Theresa. Her sister, Olympe (1639-1708), later became one of Louis's mistresses. Dumas misplaces the chronology slightly; Mazarin's nieces were removed from court in 1659. The meeting between Louis and Marie portrayed by Dumas was an amalgamation of two meetings, both of which occurred in 1659.
Mancini, Olympe, duchesse de
Manicamp: (1628?-1708) Louis de Madallan de Lesparre was the Seigneur of Manicamp, and later the Comte de Manicamp. He was a soldier, who fought with Conde at Lens, and a few other battles. He lost an arm at Charenton in 1652. Dumas took the name for one of his characters, but preserved nothing else.
Maria-Theresa: (1638-83) Maria-Theresa of
Marie Michon - see Chevreuse, Madame de.
Martin, Etienne alias Eustache Dauger/Danger: fixer, poisoner, valet, and one of the suggested Man in the Iron Mask.
Mattioli, Ercole: Italian count who double-crossed Louis XIV. One of the first suggested Man in the Iron Mask; but later proved impossible.
Mazarin, Cardinal Jules: (1602-61) Jules Mazarin was a diplomat in the service of the Pope when he was sent to negotiate with
Medici, Marie de: mother of Louis XIII and wife of Henri IV.
Miledi – see Percy, Lucy
Michon, Marie: see Chevreuse, Madame de.
Milady – see Percy, Lucy.
Milady de Winter – nemesis to d’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers. See Percy, Lucy.
Mirabeau, Honore-Gabriel, comte de: revolutionary orator.
Monk: (1608-70) George Monk was a career soldier who served under Cromwell and, as a reward, was made governor of
Monsieur: The court title of the king's brother. Gaston d'Orleans held it until his death in 1660. The title fell to Philip d'Anjou, who also assumed the title of Duc d'Orleans.
Montalais: Nicole-Anne-Constance de Montalais, called Aure by Dumas, was, like La Valliere, a maid of honor at the court of Gaston d'Orleans. In 1661 she entered the service of Henrietta d'Orleans, and shared an apartment with La Valliere. She became La Valliere's confidante, and used the information thus garnered to her own ends. She was known as a notorious schemer, and the historical record does indicate that she was in love, at least for a time, with a man named Malicorne.
Montespan, Francoise-Athenais de Rochechouart de Mortemart: (1641-1707) Francoise-Athenais de Rochechouart de Mortemart was born at the Chateau de Tonnay-Charente. She was a maid of honor at the marriage of Philip d'Orleans and Henrietta Stuart in March, 1661. In 1663 she married the Duc de Montespan et d'Antin, and replaced La Valliere as the king's mistress in 1667.
Montespan, marquis de: husband of Athenais de Montespan.
Montvoisin, Catherine – see La Voisin.
Orleans, Philippe d': (1640-71) Philippe, called Philip by Dumas, was the second son of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, and Louis XIV's younger brother. He was Duc d'Anjou until 1660 when his uncle, Gaston d'Orleans died, leaving the title of Duc d'Orleans and the court title of "Monsieur" to him. He married Henrietta Stuart of
Ormesson, Olivier Lefevre d’: judge in the Paris Parliament.
Pellisson: (1640-1701) Paul Pellisson (called Pelisson by Dumas) was part of Fouquet's literary circle and a member of the
Percy, Lucy: English aristocrat,
Peyroz, Marguerite de: Besmaux’s wife.
Philippe d'Orleans - see
Porthos, Isaac de Portau: born at
Prignani, Abbe Guiseppe: Catholic priest and secret agent.
Renneville, Constantin de: prisoner in the Bastille.
Reynie, La, Gabriel Nicolas – see La Reynie:
Rochefort, comte de: right hand man of
Saint-Aignan: (1610-87) Francois de Beauvillier, the Comte de SaintAignan, was a former governor of the
Saint-Remy, Francoise le Prevot de la Coutelaye: became Madame de SaintRemy following her third marriage. Her first was to a man named Besnard, a councilor of the Parliament at
Treville: (1598-1672) Arnaud-Jean du Peyrer, Comte de Troisvilles (written and pronounced Treville) does not appear in The Vicomte de Bragelonne, but he was D'Artagnan's (both the real and fictional) predecessor as Captain of the Musketeers. He was a career soldier and, like D'Artagnan, a Gascon. He was appointed Captain-Lieutenant of the Musketeers in 1634 (the rank of Captain-General was reserved for the king), and was exiled in 1642 for opposing
Troisvilles – see Treville.
Valliere, La – see La Valliere.
Vanel, Anne-Marguerite: (1644-1703) Vanel was the daughter of Claude Vanel (a magistrate in the Paris Parliament) and became the wife of Jean Coiffer (a member of the Royal Audit Office) in 1654. Contemporaries described her as a "dainty and extremely pretty young woman with a lively and very witty turn of mind." She was Fouquet's mistress during the 1650s, and later transferred her affections to Colbert. Her high spirits annoyed Colbert, and he passed her off to his brother.
Vardes, count de – see Wardes.
Voisin, La, Catherine Montvoisin – see La Voisin.
Wardes: (1620-88) Francois-Rene Crespin du Bec was the Marquis de Vardes, and a noted schemer and bold liar. Some women, though, including Madame de Motteville, found him charming. Dumas creates two characters out of the historical De Vardes. The father plays a prominent part in The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, and the son in The Vicomte de Bragelonne, though they were, in reality, the same man. He was named Governor of Aigues-Mortes in 1660 and was banished there a few years later following a court scandal. Although a favorite of Louis XIV, he got entangled in a plot by Olympe Mancini (then the Comtesse de Soissons) to avenge her sister, Marie, whom the king had abandoned in favor of his political marriage to Maria-Theresa of
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