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The Vicomte de Bragelonne
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The Vicomte de Bragelonne

The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later (Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père.

It is famous for building upon a hypothesis of the Man in the Iron Mask. In the English translations this large volume is usually subdivided into three, four or even five individual books, with the final volume titled The Man in the Iron Mask. Usually, three volume editions are entitled "The Vicomte de Bragelonne","Louise de La Vallière" and "The Man in the Iron Mask," each volume containing two internal "books" (the novel thus consists of six internal books).

The action takes place between 1660 and 1673. The hero is the young Raoul de Bragelone, son of the Comte de la Fère, formerly know as Athos.

As usual with Dumas, this new hero is based on a real character, Raoul de Braguelongue, who was in love with Louise de La Vallière, who in turn preferred King Louis XIV.

It is the third and last of the D'Artagnan Romances after The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After.

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