Three Musketeers Coloring Pages

In the very first sentences of his preface, Alexandre Dumas indicated as his source Mémoires de Monsieur d’Artagnan (1700), a historical novel by Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras, printed by Pierre Rouge in Amsterdam, which Dumas discovered during his research for his history of Louis XIV. It was in this book, he said, that d’Artagnan relates his first visit to M. de Tréville, captain of the Musketeers, where in the antechamber, he met three young Béarnese with the names Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. This information struck the imagination of Dumas so much—he tells us—that he continued his investigation and finally encountered once more the names of the three musketeers in a manuscript with the title Mémoire de M. le comte de la Fère, etc. Excited, Dumas requested permission to reprint the manuscript–permission was granted:

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