Preface and Chapter 1 Summary

As The Three Musketeers begins, people in the town of Meung, France, run toward the sounds of a fight. It is the year 1625, and fights are common in France. King Louis XIII is always battling with Cardinal Richelieu, the pope’s representative, who is one of the most powerful people in Europe. But the King and the Cardinal frequently join forces to fight their common enemies: Spain, England, and all Protestants. Meanwhile, highwaymen and robbers are always attacking everyone, without bothering to be the enemies of any one group in particular. The narrator shares all this information in a light, unworried tone, as if war is a topic he considers entertaining.

When they arrive at the source of the commotion, the...

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