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41587.  Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:18 am Reply with quote

When was Alexandre Dumas, père buried?

Buried in the place where he had been born, Alexandre Dumas remained in the cemetery at Villers-Cotterêts until 30 November 2002. Under orders of the French President, Jacques Chirac, his body was exhumed and in a televised ceremony, his new coffin, draped in a blue-velvet cloth and flanked by four men costumed as the Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan, was transported in a solemn procession to the Panthéon of Paris, the great mausoleum where French luminaries are interred.


Though it doesn't make it clear if the body was exhumed and reburied in one day.

Who was D'Artagnan fighting when he died?

... went to war with the United Provinces of the Netherlands and their allies in the Franco-Dutch War. After being recalled to service, d'Artagnan was subsequently killed in battle on 25 June 1673 when a musket ball tore into his throat at Maastricht.


41602.  Fri Dec 23, 2005 1:02 pm Reply with quote

Why don't the Musketeers carry muskets?

Mostly Harmless
41821.  Mon Dec 26, 2005 6:01 pm Reply with quote


Last edited by Mostly Harmless on Sun Jan 08, 2006 4:41 pm; edited 1 time in total

41826.  Mon Dec 26, 2005 7:11 pm Reply with quote

Mostly harmless wrote:
I think because, as the King's personal guard, they were an élite, and to use a firearm was seen as unbefitting their status and skill as duellists.

This is apparantly correct. The lower ranks of the Musketeers of course did carry muskets.

The Musketeers were created in 1600 by King Henry IV (of France obviously) and were dissolved and reformed a few times before finally being disbanded in 1791.

Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan were all apprantly based on real people. However, Armand de Sillegue, Lord of Athos was killed before D'Artagnan joined the musketeers. Porthos was Isaac de Porteau and Aramis was Henri D'Aramitz. D'Artagnan was Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Comte D'Artagnan (1611 - 1673).


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