Not quite random notes

December 8, 2008

Two otherwise-unrelated items that I picked up after checking in on one of my favorite writer’s blogs.

First up, via Quite Interesting:

A historian believes that she has found the tomb of d’Artagnan, the inspiration for the book “The Three Musketeers”.

Charles de Batz de Castelmore d’Artagnan was killed during the Siege of Maastricht on June 25, 1673. Historian Odile Bordaz claims that she has found the tomb a few kilometres away at Saint Peter and Paul Church in Wolder, and is asking the Dutch authorities and the Catholic Church to approve an archaeological dig of the site ….

…. Born between 1611-1615 in south-western France, d’Artagnan became a member of the King’s musketeers by the age of 20. Amongst his comrades where Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the actual three musketeers referred to in the title of the book. The musketeers were engaged in cloak-and-dagger operations for Kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Louis XIV, the Sun King, appointed d’Artagnan leader of the musketeers in 1658. He was eventually killed in a charge lead by the Duke of Monmouth, who was at the head of an English contingent allied to France.

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I picked that link up from Words Words Words, where author Steven Brust reports:

Got started on the next Vlad novel. I’m pretty sure this one will be Tiassa. 13 pages so far.

I’ve been waiting for this one. (I’d explain, but it would come off like the hyperactive blubberings of a giddy schoolgirl. Or something like that.)



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