I finally read the Three Musketeers after finding the e-book for free at Barns & Nobel. My only real exposure to the The Three Musketeers previous to reading the book was the 1993 movie staring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Chris O’Donnell as D’Artagnan. Although I discovered it did not exactly follow the book, I enjoyed it because of the actors.
Upon doing some more movie research i discovered that most of the movies that have been released did not closely follow the book either. The 1973 movie titled the Three Musketeers and 1974 movie titled the Four Musketeers seemed to do the best job staying true to the story. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to watch these movies at some point.
Reading the book did inspire me to do a little historical research about the siege of La Rochelle and the conflict in France between the Catholics and Huguenots (Protestants). One of the better resources I found on the siege is on Blog named Impact and Salvo.
In the story Milady de Winter convinced John Felton to help her escape imprisonment in England and kill the Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers. Through the History Learning Website I discovered that John Felton was the person that actually murdered the Duke. Although his motive in real life was different from the book, Dumas did a wonderful job including actual historical figures in the plot of the story.