The d'Artagnan Romances, Vol 3, Part 1: The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years La…


Read by John Van Stan

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Volume 3 of The d'Artagnan Romances is divided into three parts. The first begins in 1660, ten years after Volume 2, with d’Artagnan as Lieutenant of the King’s Musketeers. In this post, he is very near to achieving his dream (becoming Captain) and even nearer to his King, being young Louis XIV’s personal guard. Seeing first-hand how powerless the child King was, d’Artagnan resigns his illustrious, but dull, post to turn his sharp wit and sword toward another ambitious aim: restoration of the English monarchy. To the joy of France, Cardinal Mazarin dies, leaving a power vacuum that pulls at the ill-fated ambitions of the rich and powerful, Nicolas Fouquet. To combat Fouquet’s ambitions and wrench the nation back from the brink of bankruptcy, young Louis XIV takes the Cardinal’s dying advice and leagues with the economic and sociopolitical reformist, Jean-Baptiste Colbert. Unfortunately, “The Inseparables” again find each other on different sides of the power struggle: Aramis and Porthos with Fouquet, but d’Artagnan and Athos with the King and Colbert. As d’Artagnan advises King Louis XIV, “The reign of Mazarin is over, but that of the financiers is begun. They have the money; your majesty will not often see much of it. To live under the paw of these hungry wolves is hard.” - Summary by jvanstan (31 hr 29 min)

Chapters

The Letter 19:55 Read by John Van Stan
The Messenger 17:01 Read by John Van Stan
The Interview 17:35 Read by John Van Stan
Father and Son 12:35 Read by John Van Stan
In which Something will be said of Cropoli—of Cropoli and of a Great Unknown Pa… 13:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Unkown 14:50 Read by John Van Stan
Parry 14:20 Read by John Van Stan
What his Majesty King Louis XIV. was at the Age of Twenty-Two 25:25 Read by John Van Stan
In which the Unknown of the Hostelry of Les Medicis loses his Incognito 26:55 Read by John Van Stan
The Arithmetic of M. de Mazarin 20:50 Read by John Van Stan
Mazarin's Policy 23:45 Read by John Van Stan
The King and the Lieutenant 11:35 Read by John Van Stan
Mary de Mancini 13:55 Read by John Van Stan
In which the King and the Lieutenant each give Proofs of Memory 24:10 Read by John Van Stan
The Proscribed 13:50 Read by John Van Stan
"Remember!" 26:45 Read by John Van Stan
In which Aramis is sought and only Bazin is found 21:15 Read by John Van Stan
In which D'Artagnan seeks Porthose and only finds Mousqueton 20:06 Read by John Van Stan
What D'Artagnan went to Paris for 11:30 Read by John Van Stan
Of the Society which was formed in the Rue des Lombards, at the Sign of the Pil… 25:35 Read by John Van Stan
In which D'Artagnan prepares to travel for the Firm of Planchet and Company 18:50 Read by John Van Stan
D'Artagnan travels for the House of Planchet and Company 15:55 Read by John Van Stan
In which the Author, very unwillingly, is forced to write a Little History 29:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Treasure 18:05 Read by John Van Stan
The March 20:36 Read by John Van Stan
Heart and Mind 25:25 Read by John Van Stan
The Next Day 16:45 Read by John Van Stan
Smuggling 16:30 Read by John Van Stan
In which D'Artagnan begins to fear he has placed his Money and that of Planchet… 19:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Shares of Planchet and Company rise again to Par 14:50 Read by John Van Stan
Monk reveals himself 10:10 Read by John Van Stan
Athos and D'Artagnan meet once more at the Hostelry of the Corne du Cerf 32:00 Read by John Van Stan
The Audience 18:03 Read by John Van Stan
Of the Embarrassment of Riches 13:50 Read by John Van Stan
On the Canal 20:00 Read by John Van Stan
How D'Artagnan drew, as a Fairy would have done, a Country-seat from a Deal Box 22:00 Read by John Van Stan
How D'Artagnan regulated the "Assets" of the Company before he established its … 16:10 Read by John Van Stan
In which it is seen that the French Grocer had already been established in the … 15:55 Read by John Van Stan
Mazarin's Gaming Party 10:25 Read by John Van Stan
An Affair of State 12:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Recital 13:30 Read by John Van Stan
In which Mazarin becomes Prodigal 10:30 Read by John Van Stan
Guendaud 10:20 Read by John Van Stan
Colbert 12:10 Read by John Van Stan
Confession of a Man of Wealth 13:55 Read by John Van Stan
The Donation 13:10 Read by John Van Stan
How Anne of Austria gave one Piece of Advice to Louis XIV., and how M. Fouquet … 21:10 Read by John Van Stan
Agony 23:54 Read by John Van Stan
The First Appearance of Colbert 18:30 Read by John Van Stan
The First Day of the Royalty of Louis XIV 11:00 Read by John Van Stan
A Passion 16:15 Read by John Van Stan
D'Artagnan's Lesson 17:10 Read by John Van Stan
The King 44:00 Read by John Van Stan
The Houses of M. Fouquet 29:05 Read by John Van Stan
The Abbe Fouquet 18:30 Read by John Van Stan
M. de la Fontaine's Wine 9:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Gallery of Saint-Mande 12:35 Read by John Van Stan
Epicureans 11:40 Read by John Van Stan
A Quarter of an Hour's Delay 15:45 Read by John Van Stan
Plan of Battle 12:15 Read by John Van Stan
The Cabaret of the Image-de-Notre-Dame 19:00 Read by John Van Stan
Vive Colbert! 15:05 Read by John Van Stan
How M. D'Eymeris' Diamond passed into the Hands of M. D'Artagnan 20:30 Read by John Van Stan
Of the Notable Difference D'Artagnan finds between M. the Intendant and M. the … 18:50 Read by John Van Stan
Philosophy of the Heart and Mind 9:05 Read by John Van Stan
The Journey 13:30 Read by John Van Stan
How D'Artagnan became acquainted with a Poet, who had turned Printer for the sa… 20:30 Read by John Van Stan
D'Artagnan continues his Investigations 20:15 Read by John Van Stan
In which the Reader, no doubt, will be as astonished as D'Artagnan was to meet … 16:00 Read by John Van Stan
Wherein the Ideas of D'Artagnan, at first strangely clouded, begin to clear up … 19:50 Read by John Van Stan
A Procession at Vannes 17:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Grandeur of the Bishop of Vannes 25:50 Read by John Van Stan
In which Porthos begins to be sorry for having come with D'Artagnan 28:10 Read by John Van Stan
In which D'Artagnan makes all Speed, Porthos snores, and Aramis counsels 16:40 Read by John Van Stan
In which M. Fouquet acts 22:30 Read by John Van Stan
In which D'Artagnan finished by at length placing his Hand upon his Captains Co… 18:20 Read by John Van Stan
A Lover and his Mistress 15:10 Read by John Van Stan
In which we at length see the true Heroine of this History appear 19:50 Read by John Van Stan
Malicorne and Manicamp 12:00 Read by John Van Stan
Manicamp and Malicorne 17:05 Read by John Van Stan
The Courtyard of the Hotel Grammont 20:00 Read by John Van Stan
The Portrait of Madame 17:30 Read by John Van Stan
Havre 12:40 Read by John Van Stan
At Sea 15:25 Read by John Van Stan
The Tents 23:00 Read by John Van Stan
Night 12:00 Read by John Van Stan
From Havre to Paris 20:51 Read by John Van Stan
An Account of what the Chevalier de Lorraine thought of Madame 20:15 Read by John Van Stan
A Surprise for Madame de Montalais 21:10 Read by John Van Stan
The Consent of Athos 11:20 Read by John Van Stan
Monsieur becomes jealous of the Duke of Buckingham 21:46 Read by John Van Stan
Forever! 15:40 Read by John Van Stan
King Louis XIV. does not think Mademoiselle de la Valliere either rich enough o… 16:40 Read by John Van Stan
Sword-thrusts in the Water 20:40 Read by John Van Stan
Sword-thrusts in the Water (concluded) 19:00 Read by John Van Stan
Baisemeaux de Montlezun 21:00 Read by John Van Stan
The King's Card-table 23:02 Read by John Van Stan
M. Baisemeaux de Montlezun's Accounts 26:40 Read by John Van Stan
The Breakfast at M. de Baisemeaux's 16:30 Read by John Van Stan
The Second Floor of la Bertaudiere 21:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Two Friends 19:10 Read by John Van Stan
Madame de Belliere's Plate 13:50 Read by John Van Stan
The Dowry 17:40 Read by John Van Stan
Le Terrain de Dieu 18:00 Read by John Van Stan