Chapter 41 Summary

The day after d’Artagnan’s meeting with the Cardinal, all of the Musketeers and guards in Paris march off to war. They have to travel to the coast of France to take part in the siege of La Rochelle, a military endeavor that will ultimately become one of the most important efforts of Louis XIII’s reign. The conflict is supposedly about religion, because La Rochelle is a stronghold of Protestants, whereas the French are Catholic. In actual fact, the conflict is about two men’s infatuation with Queen Anne. The Duke of Buckingham brings English forces to fight on the side of La Rochelle because he wants the right to enter France and visit the Queen. Meanwhile, on the French side, the Cardinal hopes to impress the Queen by...

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