PnM076 The Duke of Buckingham
George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, was a handsome and charismatic man used to getting his own way and not too particular about how he achieved that. He thinks nothing of beginning a war between England and France for his own personal convenience and advantage. He is also, quite dangerously, the lover of Anne of Austria… now the Queen of France.
Alexander Dumas’ historical adventure novel recounts the many adventures of a young D’Artagnan as he travels to Paris to join the Musketeers of the King’s Guard. Along the way he befriends the three most formidable members of the Musketeers and finds himself involved in great affairs of the state and the court. Among the great and the not-so-good he and his ‘Three Musketeers’ encounter are both the fictional and historical characters that inhabit the novel. Here are some of the actual historical personages that feature in the story.