A tale of mystery, adventure, and political intrigue, this conclusion to Dumas’ swashbuckling musketeer saga is based on the true story of a masked prisoner who dwelled in the Bastille during the Louis XIV’s reign and whose identity remains in question to this day.
"The Musketeers Get Old"
The Man in the Iron Mask continues the adventures of the dauntless heroes of The Three Musketeers - Aramis, Athos, Porthos and d'Artagnan. In old age their swashbuckling ought to have been replaced by a more gentle way of life, but the veteran warriors find themselves at the center of a plot in which both hearts and heads are broken, and the very throne of France is at stake.
"An odd place to start"
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. That carefully concealed truth could topple Louis XIV, king of France—which is exactly Aramis' plan.
Thirty years after their first adventures in The Three Musketeers, we find Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D'Artagnan in very different situations. Athos has settled down at his own estate. Porthos married a rich widow, and is now a Baron. Aramis joined a monastery, and is now the Bishop of Vannes. D'Artagnan alone remains a Musketeer for the king, and is now captain of the very force he so longed to join all those years ago. In The Man in the Iron Mask, Dumas develops his Musketeers into probing, multifaceted characters.
Aramis, now a Bishop, visits the Bastille where a prisoner named Philippe, said to be the twin brother of Louis, has been held since birth. Aramis, with ambitions to become the Pope, convinces Philippe that they can overthrow King Louis and put Philippe on the thrown instead with the twin ruling the people and Aramis reigning over their souls. Aramis plots and schemes and is able to sneak Philippe out of the Bastille but things do not go as planned and after a very brief reign of Philippe, Aramis, along with Porthos are on the run as enemies of the crown.
Louis XIII had to be a Solomon. His queen produced twin male heirs - two sons of equal age with equal pretensions. Louis feared fro France. One prince means peace and safety for the state, two are a recipe for civil war and anarchy. One son had to go. Louis could not kill him, but he could hide him in an iron mask. Such is the quality of paternal mercy.
Los veteranos mosqueteros Aramis y Portos, traman un plan para derrocar al inepto y corrupto Rey Luís XIV de su trono y poner en su lugar a su hermano gemelo Felipe, quien se encuentra injustamente encarcelado dentro del castillo de la Bastilla.
La última aventura de los tres mosqueteros, “El Hombre de la Mascara de Hierro” original de Alejandro Dumas. Los veteranos mosqueteros Aramis y Portos, traman un plan para derrocar al inepto y corrupto Rey Luís XIV de su trono y poner en su lugar a su hermano gemelo Felipe, quien se encuentra injustamente encarcelado dentro del castillo de la Bastilla.
"No es la versión completa "unabridged", cuidado!"
Ever since the time of Louis XIV, the story has been told of a man mysteriously snatched out of the world and buried for life not merely in a prison cell but also in an mask of iron: an imprisonment designed to ensure no one would ever know his name or even see his face. Dumas asks: Who was the man in the iron mask? Why was he imprisoned? Why were such strange precautions taken, and why was he treated with such respect and care, given everything he asked for--except his freedom and his name?
Ésta es una obra histórica y documentada sobre la vida de un hombre que, en tiempos de Luis XVI, Delfín de Francia, vivió encerrado en una máscara de Fierro y sin hablar con nadie jamás, so pena de muerte. Ésta es una investigación sobre el verdadero hombre al que le tocó tan desafortunado destino, que tanta intriga ha causado a lo largo de los años y los siglos. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.
"NO FUE LO QUE YO ESPERABA"
The mysterious prisoner is called Marchiali - but is that his true identity? And why has an innocent man been imprisoned for so long? The fabled three musketeers suspect a royal conspiracy.