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The Feats & Fortunes of a Gascon Adventurer!

 

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 CYRANO DE BERGERAC (poet, swordsman, musician)

MILADY (The Real Evil Agent of the Cardinal from the pages of History)

GATIEN DE COURTILZ DE SANDRAS (Author of the Memoirs of D'Artagnan)

RALPH NEVILL (English Translator of the Memoirs of D'Artagnan)

ACTUAL MUSKETEER LETTERS (A rare look into the Musketeer past)

DONAREE THE MUSKETEER (New Musketeer Novel by Ted Anthony Roberts)

MUSKETEER STORIES (Started novels by Ted Anthony Roberts)

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (His views on Le Vicomte de Bragelonne)

 

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D'ARTAGNAN ~ THE GREATEST OF ALL MUSKETEERS!

Welecome, friends, to our d'Artagnan webpage! Just above you will find interesting links to click into to learn about these interesting characters from both the pages of history and fiction! Also, below here, you will find a rare jewel ~ Robert Louis Stevenson's (author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Master of Ballantrae) own views upon Alexandre Dumas' last Musketeer novel!

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All for one . . . .

Robert Louis Stevenson on Le Vicomte de Bragelonne

 

"My acquaintance with the VICOMTE began, somewhat indirectly, in the year of grace 1863, when I had the advantage of studying certain illustrated dessert plates in a hotel at Nice.  The name of d'Artagnan in the legends I already saluted like an old friend, for I had met it the year before in a work of Miss Yonge's. 

My first perusal was in one of those pirated editions that swarmed at that time out of Brussels, and ran to such a troop of neat and dwarfish volumes.  I understood but little of the merits of the book; my strongest memory is of the execution of d'Eymeric and Lyodot - a strange testimony to the dulness of a boy, who could enjoy the rough-and-tumble in the Place de Greve, and forget d'Artagnan's visits to the two financiers.  My next reading was in winter-time, when I lived alone upon the Pentlands.  I would return in the early night from one of my patrols with the shepherd; a friendly face would meet me in the door, a friendly retriever scurry upstairs to fetch my slippers; and I would sit down with the VICOMTE for a long, silent, solitary lamp-light evening by the fire.  And yet I know not why I call it silent, when it was enlivened with such a clatter of horse-shoes, and such a rattle of musketry, and such a stir of talk; or why I call those evenings solitary in which I gained so many friends.  I would rise from my book and pull the blind aside, and see the snow and the glittering hollies chequer a Scotch garden, and the winter moonlight brighten the white hills.  Thence I would turn again to that crowded and sunny field of life in which it was so easy to forget myself, my cares, and my surroundings: a place busy as a city, bright as a theatre, thronged with memorable faces, and sounding with delightful speech.  I carried the thread of that epic into my slumbers, I woke with it unbroken, I rejoiced to plunge into the book again at breakfast, it was with a pang that I must lay it down and turn to my own labours; for no part of the world has ever seemed to me so charming as these pages, and not even my friends are quite so real, perhaps quite so dear, as d'Artagnan.

"Since then I have been going to and fro at very brief intervals in my favourite book; and I have now just risen from my last (let me call it my fifth) perusal, having liked it better and admired it more seriously than ever. Perhaps I have a sense of ownership, being so well known in these six volumes.  Perhaps I think that d'Artagnan delights to have me read of him, and Louis Quatorze is gratified, and Fouquet throws me a look, and Aramis, although he knows I do not love him, yet plays to me with his best graces, as to an old patron of the show.  Perhaps, if I am not careful, something may befall me like what befell George IV. about the battle of Waterloo, and I may come to fancy the VICOMTE one of the first, and Heaven knows the best, of my own works."

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the MusketeerThe Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer by Ted Anthony Roberts
Buy new: $13.25 / Used from: $30.06
My personal novel that I have written and just published! D'Artagnan has a cameo as Captain of the King's Musketeers.
The Three Musketeers (Oxford World's Classics)The Three Musketeers (Oxford World's Classics) by Alexandre Dumas
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Beginning of the d'Artagnan romances (the feats and fortunes of a gascon adventurer) by Alexandre Dumas. Perhaps the greatest cloak & Dagger story ever written!
Twenty Years After (Oxford World's Classics)Twenty Years After (Oxford World's Classics) by Alexandre Dumas père
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2nd of the d'Artagnan romances.
Louise de la Vallière (Oxford World's Classics)Louise de la Vallière (Oxford World's Classics) by Alexandre Dumas
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3rd of the d'Artagnan romances.
The Vicomte de Bragelonne (Oxford World's Classics)The Vicomte de Bragelonne (Oxford World's Classics) by Alexandre Dumas père
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4th of the d'Artagnan romances.
The Man in the Iron Mask (Oxford World's Classics)The Man in the Iron Mask (Oxford World's Classics) by Alexandre Dumas père
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Last of the d'Artagnan romances by Dumas.
Years Between: The Mysterious CavalierYears Between: The Mysterious Cavalier
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The Years Between Series, by Paul Feval, fils. First in the series is "The Mysterious Cavalier," then "Martyr to the Queen," "Secret of the Bastille," and "Heir to Buckingham." The Series continues after Twenty Years After by Dumas, in: "Comrades in Arms," and "A Salute to Cyrano."
D'Artagnan: The sequel to The three musketeersD'Artagnan: The sequel to The three musketeers by H Bedford-Jones
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Takes place directly after The Three Musketeers by Dumas, and makes room for the Years Between Series by Paul Feval to take place directly afterwards. H. Bedford Jones and Paul Feval, fils were contemporaries, and two ideas of theirs did conincide. That is, a novel called "The King's Passport" by Jones, and "The Years Between Series" by Feval.

 

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Product Details (From Amazon.com)

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449913172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449913175
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

 

READ WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT DONAREE:

"Nicely done. I really enjoyed the history in the introduction and the duel is well written. Best of luck with the novel!" ~ Author David Lee Summers, author of five books: Vampires of the Scarlet Order, The Solar Sea, and the "Old Star" science fiction series: The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, and Heirs of the New Earth. www.davidleesummers.com

"Very exciting read! Felt like I was there witnessing the action!" ~ Candle Artist Jfay,
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"I really enjoyed the humour and really laughed, not at Monsieur de la Donaree but with Monsieur de la Donaree! I dont know if you wrote it in this spirit but if you had a bit of Molière in you, I would not be surprised! He knew how to study people and would turn situations into a comic play! I laughed out loud, this is a gem! Not only de la Donaree is a fine sword, he has also a fine nose when it comes to pinpoint personalities, I'm talking about the Inkeeper and his situation with the wife here!! The second part is indeed in pure swashbuckling spirit, in rhythm and enthusiasm! And the end is a cliff-hanger! The beginning is "cocasse" (funny) as they might have said then in Gascony, and witty! Indeed Alexandre Dumas had a sense of humour too and satirically created at least one of his character ( in another book) to a character made up by Molière in one of his comic play. And Molière also took his inspiration from Dumas' s Musketeers and "The Man in the Iron Mask." I liked it! I had fun while reading this chapter about Monsieur de la Donaree, as while following the spirit of the Musketeers you gave a contemporary touch to the text!" ~ Artist Nicole Marques,
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"Hurrah, Ted! I gleefully await the next installment! LOVE the romantic stuff! Bring it on! There are few things in this world I like better than a hot Viscount. Keep going, Ted! Bravo! Keep writing! I can't wait to read more! But it is par for the course as I am also a writer. Keep in touch!" ~ Author Genella de Grey, author of "Remember Me."
www.genelladegrey.com

"Wow - What a wonderful beginning. As a whole, you have a unique way of writing & you captivated me by a few sentences peaking my interest to continue. For instance: ...hazed by the early morning mist...I love it! I look forward to reading the next chapter. You've gained my interest. That was impresive & informative. You've still got the hook in & I'm dangling to hear more. Thanks for the sneak peak." ~ Aspiring Author R.F.Taylor: Rianna

"Well done. Chapter One entices the reader craving more. I will look for The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer on the web. Keep up the excellent writing..." ~
Ferf