Alexandre Dumas originally published The Three Musketeers in serials, appearing one chapter at a time in the Parisian newspaper Le siecle from March 14, 1844 to July 1, 1844. The serial form was a popular way for newspaper publishers to boost readership. Dumas’s story of four young heroes battling for glory and women was even more popular when it was written than it is today. This book has reached canonical status: it has been continuously in print ever since its release, cementing its reputation as a well-loved swashbuckling adventure novel.
Although Dumas inserts history into The Three Musketeers, it’s his own particular version of history. Suggesting that the Duke of Buckingham went to war for teh love of Queen Anne, or that John Felton assassinated the Duke for love of Milady is a bit farfetched. Even though it’s not always historically accurate, Dumas’s version sure does make for great fiction.