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The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later is the last of the d'Artagnan Romances, which is usually split into three or four volumes. The book at hand is the second volume of the four volume series. Louis XIV is well past the age where he should rule, but the ailing Cardinal Mazarin refuses to relinquish the reins of power. Meanwhile, Charles II, a king without a country,The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later is the last of the d'Artagnan Romances, which is usually split into three or four volumes. The book at hand is the second volume of the four volume series. Louis XIV is well past the age where he should rule, but the ailing Cardinal Mazarin refuses to relinquish the reins of power. Meanwhile, Charles II, a king without a country, travels Europe seeking aid from his fellow monarchs. Athos still resides at La Fère while his son, Raoul de Bragelonne, has entered into the service in the household of M. le Prince. As for Raoul, he has his eyes on an entirely different object than his father — his childhood companion, Louise de la Valliere, with whom he is hopelessly in love. Porthos, now a baron, is off on some mysterious mission along with Aramis, who is now the Bishop of Vannes....

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ISBN : 9781592248582
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Number of Pages : 452 Pages
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Ten Years Later Reviews

  • BillKerwin
    2019-03-04 16:44

    This second of the four volumes* which comprise the conclusion of the “The Four Musketeers” (The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Valliere, The Man in the Iron Mask) is perhaps the most significant, for it shows the reader, more clearly than the three others, how the meaning of heroism and adventure shift during the reign of that most absolute of monarchs, “The Sun King,” Louis XIV.Soon after the volume begins, the domestic villain of the piece arrives: “Madame,” Henrietta of England, the wife of “Monsieur,” Duke of Orleans, effete younger brother of the king. Henrietta, an intelligent but superficial coquette, attracts a wealth of admirers, one of whom is the Duke of Buckingham, and the quarrels of these admirers—including a duel on a small strip of land off the French coast--evoke the romantic adventures and knightly virtues of The Three Musketeers. The affecting scene in which the Queen Mother, Anne of Austria, is forced to banish this young duke, the son of her dead lover—the lover who gave her “The Diamond Studs," the occasion for our musketeers greatest exploit—signals that the days of large-hearted adventure may be at an end. The young king has come to manhood, and in this new world dominated by his powerful personality, the straightforward old political plots of “king” and “cardinal” are no more. Instead, they are replaced by ephemeral palace intrigues, centering around King Louis himself, and his loves, particularly the tenderhearted Louise de la Valliere. Toward the end of the volume, in reference to an act of elegant public humiliation staged by Madame in revenge against the King, Dumas sums up the difference in the spirit of the age:Let it not be supposed, however, that Madame possessed such terrible passions as the heroines of the middle ages, or that she regarded things from a pessimistic point of view; on the contrary, Madame, young, amiable, of cultivated intellect, coquettish, loving in her nature, but rather from fancy, or imagination, or ambition, than from her heart—Madame, we say, on the contrary, inaugurated that epoch of light and fleeting amusements, which distinguished the hundred and twenty years that intervened between the middle of the seventeenth century, and the last quarter of the eighteenth.The times call out for a deep, all-encompassing intrigue to save our four aging former musketeers from these “light and fleeting amusements,” and Aramis—the schemer and consummate politician of the four—has been working overtime. His efforts will eventually bear fruit in The Man in the Iron Mask.*In some editions Ten Years Later appears as a separate volume; in others, the long series--which is, after all, one big novel--is issued in three volumes instead.

  • Irene
    2019-03-04 17:15

    First, a recap. I am reading the D'Artagnan Romances via the FREE Kindle ebooks available on Amazon: Book 1: The Three MusketeersBook 2: Twenty Years AfterBook 3a: The Vicomte de BragelonneBook 3b: Ten Years LaterBook 3c: Louise de la VallièreBook 3d: The Man in the Iron MaskTen Years Later actually refers to the ten years in between Twenty Years After and The Vicomte de Bragelonne, so really, I think the titles of Books 3a and 3b should have been swapped. While the Vicomte still is not consistently a central character throughout this book, he certainly plays a much bigger role here than in the book that was named after him. D'Artagnan and Athos make a couple brief appearances in this book, but mostly they are absent. Porthos is practically non-existent. Aramis is the key musketeer in this book, and chapters about him appear intermittently. Mostly they are setting the stage for The Man in the Iron Mask - which I only know from watching the Leonardo DiCaprio movie years ago. Surprisingly, the movie seems to have sufficiently equipped me to understand Aramis's secrets, and honestly, I think if I did not already know where the Aramis storyline is leading, I would be awfully confused about his doings in this book. So, if this book isn't really about the musketeers, then what's it all about? Like a Jane Austen novel, this book is mostly about the love interests of "the young people". Our beloved musketeers, along with Anne of Austria, play supporting roles for the next generation - the Vicomte de Bragelonne and King Louis XIV, among others. Relationships are complicated by multiple love triangles, and there's a whole lot of drama going on at the court. I found this book entertaining enough to keep up with it, but not especially compelling. It was easy to put it down and not pick it up again for days at a time.

  • Reni
    2019-03-07 13:21

    I wish I cared about any of the romance subplots, because there are some beautiful descriptions in there, but this book simply has too much detail. I feel like Cate Blanchett in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" when she foolishly tells the aliens that what she wants for a reward is to "know everything" and consequently her head explodes. Only my head feels swollen not only from too much information but also from boredom. Well at least the much more exciting power struggle between Colbert and Fouquet also advances. A bit. A teenie tinsy bit. Meanwhile, Aramis, as the only one of the original main characters to have an actual speaking role in this part, becomes the criminal overlord of the Jesuits and makes a couple of decisions that are going to bite him in the ass, eventually, but no worries yet, he still has about 1200 pages to go. *sigh*Well at least there are promises of something other than love triangles happening in the next part.

  • Ragne
    2019-03-24 10:20

    Again, this was OK, but had alot of stuff I'm not sure why is in there. I'm starting to think that these books could just as well have been one volume, with as many pages as one of the books. The language is of course beautiful, but again, it's so "flowery", it makes it much, much longer than it needed to be. This book, I skimmed through much of it, as long periods didn't really have anything to say for the story. The next, I will probably be even more selective in what I choose to read thoroughly.

  • Joe
    2019-03-15 12:29

    This is the fourth in the D'Artignan romance series by Dumas and, in my mind, the slowest of the series so far. It think that it deals far too much with French court intrigue and does not have enough of the swashbuckling excitement of the previous three in the series. But I have to say than it is a very readable translation form the French and an interesting read.

  • Gregory Mac
    2019-03-03 10:33

    This book is not really about the Musketeers, though they are in it and provide all of the excitement. The book is really about how the great individual heros had to be left in the background if King Louis XIV was to emerge. The book can be a slog from about a quarter of the way to the last quarter. The presence of Dumas's musketeers redeems much of the story.

  • Orlando Martin
    2019-02-27 17:20

    Beautifully written as you'd expect from Dumas. However, the subject matter is significantly wanting from a personal perspective. Simply not enough D'Artagnan for it to be as much of a captivating read as The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years Later. Essentially a wonderfully written soap opera.

  • Paul Lovell
    2019-03-22 11:37

    So I'm continuing on with the series. This one didn't have much in the way of a standalone story, it's more a continuation without end. Still I do enjoy this author and am ready to start the next book.

  • Erez A.
    2019-03-11 10:32

    I was disappointed at some of the characters - I expected so much more of them, but I was not disappointed of the writing, nor of the story.

  • Ig-88
    2019-03-02 17:43

    Laboriosam est ullam sint id molestiae rerum. Blanditiis quam quaerat tenetur unde est. Laboriosam et quia non. Voluptas et quas voluptates. Ipsa aut magni sed quis.

  • Megan Gery
    2019-02-27 11:41

    ***This review is for the entire D'Artagnan Romance series (The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Ten Years Later, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask).***The entire D'Artagnan Romance series is well over a million words long and spans several volumes and forty years in the lives of its main characters, the famous musketeers. The prodigious Alexandre Dumas wrote this epic tale to be published in the serial magazines that were popular during his day, submitting weekly installments which stretched over several years. This unique structure greatly informs his writing style. Because each serial installment had to captivate his readers, the action begins on the first page and continues almost without interruption-- readers weren't interested in overlong descriptions or details, and no one was critiquing on the basis of thematic developments. In addition to his mad-cap writing style, Dumas relies heavily on character archetypes to allow his readers to quickly understand the characters and their motivations. If this sometimes led to rewriting history or over-simplifying his historical characters, it also led to a cohesive story that created both heroes and villains that live on today. The famous portraits of Cardinals Richelieu and Mazarin have shaped the way generations have perceived these complex individuals, despite the fact that their actual actions and motives were complex and nuanced. And has a more perfect villain than Milady ever been created? Of course, Dumas' most famous and lovable characters form the famous quartet. The original Three Musketeers, Athos, Aramis, and my favorite-- Porthos, quickly adopt D'Artagnan into their intimate group and form a friendship that spans decades. These characters as well rely on simple archetypes: Athos is the honorable, wise father figure, Aramis is the crafty schemer who never reveals his hand even to his friends, D'Artagnan is the resourceful, quick-witted type, and Porthos is a bit simple and vain, but is always the muscle of the group. Throughout the entire series, these characters develop in line with their archetypes and consequently, are uncomplicated and completely lovable. ***SPOILER***(Except for Aramis, whom I have never forgiven for causing Porthos' death.) Each book in the series is madcap adventure with both subtle and sometimes blatant humor. Louise de la Valliere gushes courtly romance and intrigue, but for the most part, although all of the musketeers are portrayed as ladies' men, love and its trappings play a relatively insignificant role in the development of the story. Rather, the focus is on the platonic love between the four best friends, who remain devoted to one another despite their lives taking different directions over the years. The characters became my friends and will stick in my mind always and forever.

  • Marko
    2019-03-12 12:30

    Excerpt from my review at: http://susimetsa.blogspot.fi/2014/12/...Dumas' writing style, already discussed in my previous piece, continues here as well and the dialogue is rather meandering and it often takes the characters a page or two to get to the point that they wanted to express. While amusing, it adds to the feeling of unnecessary length of the plot itself - I'm sorry to say that I found the courtly games and descriptions of the extravagance relatively boring reads and the love affairs were no more interesting. The most interesting events were right at the beginning when Vicomte de Bragelonne meets Madame and takes her to Paris, and later chapters that featured Aramis in his shady manipulations. These were few and far between, however.Whereas the first instalment was a fun read, the second part was heavier going for me. However, my interest was kept up by the preparations for The Man in the Iron Mask and I look forward to reading the next part of the book in Louise de la Valliere - named after Vicomte Bragelonne's beloved. Given that de la Valliere was involved in the court intrigue of Ten Years Later and attracted the attention of the King himself, I expect the love affairs and court intrigue to continue, but I also hope to see more of Vicomte de Bragelonne and especially d'Artagnan, Athos and Porthos who were more or less absent from this instalment.

  • Arctic
    2019-03-05 14:27

    From Wikipedia:"The third and last of the d'Artagnan Romances following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After. It appeared first in serial form between 1847 and 1850. In the English translations the 268 chapters of this large volume are usually subdivided into three, but sometimes four or even five individual books. In three-volume English editions, the three volumes are titled "The Vicomte de Bragelonne", "Louise de la Vallière", and "The Man in the Iron Mask." Each of these volumes is roughly the length of the original The Three Musketeers. In four-volume editions, the names of the volumes are kept, except that "Louise de la Vallière" and "The Man in the Iron Mask" are pushed down from second and third to third and fourth, with "Ten Years Later" becoming the second volume. There are usually no volume-specific names in five-volume editions."

  • John (Taloni) Taloni
    2019-02-27 16:16

    Kind of tedious. It's more of D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers, but they have descended into parody. Porthos goes from the somewhat tubby and strong member of the Musketeers to an almost ogre-like giant. D'Artagnan has his status pushed back to where it was at the start of Twenty Years Later, apparently just because Dumas didn't know what else to do.The characters contend against historical events again, and as historical fiction it is a fairly painless way to learn. It's just that the characters try to achieve things that history shows they could not, so many of the sections seem pointless. Along the way, Louis XIV seems to be quite the jerk, and is uncompelling as a subject.I read this to be fully informed when I read Man In The Iron Mask, but that book recaps events fairly well. If you want a free book and have a lot of time, read this along with the rest of the D'Artagnan Romances. Otherwise, skip right to Man In The Iron Mask. You won't miss much.

  • William
    2019-03-17 16:33

    The edition I am reading divides the third story into four separate novels:Vicomte de BragelonneTen Years LaterLouise de La VallièreThe Man in the Iron MaskThis review is for Ten Years Later. Once again, the characterization is outstanding. This installment shifts focus to the younger crowd; particularly Louis XIV and his sister-in-law’s (Henrietta of England) court. Plenty of court intrigue is present. Dangerous politics are also at play, especially regarding Aramis. I really enjoyed this novel and plan on continuing the series. I am grateful to Dumas for allowing us to travel back in time and witness France centuries in the past.

  • Dave Turner
    2019-02-25 14:27

    *Please note I'm reading the 4 book set as opposed to the popular three book or obscure five book set*In the second part of 'The Viscomte of Braglonne' the story subsides somewhat and takes a rather relaxed pace. There are really two competing storylines here, one major one (involving the royal family and all who orbit it) and a minor one (relating to the secret of the Bastille) and I, for one, was much more entranced by the latter.This is still a very slow the trek and were often estranged from our beloved musketeers, but you do still see the (very) occasional flash of Dumas's brilliance.Onward to 'Louise de la Valliere'.DT 13/06/2013

  • Leslie
    2019-02-26 10:15

    This volume (#3.2 in the D'Artagnan series) had less adventure and more plotting than the previous ones in the series. I have already read "The Man in the Iron Mask" (volume #3.4) and I could see that a lot of groundwork for that volume was being laid. I am unhappy about Aramis who (view spoiler)[is more clearly on the opposite side from D'Artagnan, Athos, and Raoul. He has become very ambitious -- I miss the lover! And despite the fact that he knows Raoul loves Louise de la Valliere, he doesn't hesitate to involve her in his plots. (hide spoiler)]D'Artagnan & Athos hardly appear in this volume -- I hope they appear more in the next volume, "Louise de la Valliere" (#3.3).

  • Ragne
    2019-03-18 15:22

    Again, this was OK, but had alot of stuff I'm not sure why is in there. I'm starting to think that these books could just as well have been one volume, with as many pages as one of the books. The language is of course beautiful, but again, it's so "flowery", it makes it much, much longer than it needed to be. This book, I skimmed through much of it, as long periods didn't really have anything to say for the story. The next, I will probably be even more selective in what I choose to read thoroughly.

  • Ds
    2019-03-23 14:42

    As much as I always enjoy Dumas' writing and this was indeed the third book (I have the 5-books edition) out of the whole saga, something was missing: the main characters. I'm not one to complain if there's not enough D'Artagnan or Athos and the others..but this was a huge lack of absence and, compared to the previous book, I really felt it. The book was also a bit dragged towards the middle. That's why I gave it four stars instead of 5. Because otherwise, the books is excellent in its plot, writing, character development and twists.

  • Carmen
    2019-02-24 12:16

    I am working my way through the entire Three Musketeers saga. Every time I think I am on the verge of finishing the collection, it turns out there is another installment! It is very entertaining but it is also clear that Dumas was getting paid to serialize the story. At last count, it appears to total more than 4,000 pages. I think I am somewhere in the early 3,000's (hard to tell - reading everything except the first installment on my Kindle - still, a great way to spend train commutes. He has a gift for dialogue.).

  • Julie Tichonchuk
    2019-03-18 16:39

    Of all of the books comprised in the Three Musketeers saga, this one was my least favorite. I felt like I was stuck in a mixture of Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream and a Harlequin Romance. While I love former, I resist the latter as trivial dribble. I found the story dragging and tedious. I missed D'Artagnan's presence, as well as his faithful companions. I'm not sure what turn Aramis' character has taken. I will read the next two installments to find out.

  • Jake
    2019-03-27 18:35

    When I made my way through the Musketeer Saga, this was one of the titles. However, my favorite Musketeer novel is Twenty Years After . The main fuss I have with Dumas's Musketeer saga is perhaps a childish one. I wish the books boasted the same nonstop action as some of the film adaptations do. Instead, they often focus on political posturing. The pace often drags.

  • Laura
    2019-02-26 11:31

    Young D'Artagnan becomes embroiled in court intrigues, international politics, and ill-fated affairs between royal lovers. The book at hand is the second volume of the third serial. Louis XIV is well past the age where he should rule, but the ailing Cardinal Mazarin refuses to relinquish the reins of power. Meanwhile, Charles II, a king without a country, travels Europe seeking aid from his fellow monarchs.

  • George Isaacs
    2019-03-03 18:27

    This volume delves heavily into the world of 17th century French (and related) royalty. A world so alien to me, I can only visualize it in my mind in a style that mixes the manga/anime work of Mamoru Nagano with that of P. Craig Russell back when he was adapting Michael Moorcock's Elric to comicbooks. This is not a complaint.(the version I'm reading is not a hardcover, but an ebook from Project Gutenberg. I'll change it later)

  • Jason
    2019-03-14 17:44

    Another section with more political intrigue than action. Even so, it is rife with emotions, clever dialogue, treachery, misunderstandings, and suspense so thick you could cut it with a knife! I enjoyed all of the funny moments with our merry gentlemen as always and I am greatly looking forward to the final section- The Man in the Iron Mask!

  • Zana
    2019-03-24 10:29

    Wow, the court of Louis XIV is full of thoroughly unpleasant people! And our heroes are nowhere -- or rarely -- to be seen in this volume. Porthos is only mentioned once. The only really interesting parts were the bits where Aramis was laying the groundwork for his plans; he has suddenly become a much more interesting character now that we actually get to see his intrigues.

  • Dave Johnson
    2019-03-19 15:37

    A complete slog. Two stars, though I reserve the right to downgrade it to one after I get through The Man in the Iron Mask and see how necessary all of this backstory really is. Way more court intrigue than the other books. It is a romance, not an adventure story, and though I don't hate the former, I was expecting the latter.

  • Kirsa
    2019-03-19 12:28

    Considering that I hated all the court intrigue throughout the book, and that was pretty much all the book consisted of, I didn't like it much. Poor Raoul. Only one more volume left to read before reading The Man in the Iron Mask!

  • Adam Gutschenritter
    2019-03-24 15:14

    A lot of political intrigue and political romance. I am annoyed with La Valliere and how fickle she is, despite how much she is claimed to be a beacon of virtue. This needs to pick up in the next book.

  • Kerstin Olcott
    2019-03-22 13:33

    This is the fourth book in the Three Musketeers series. I found it most diappointing. There was very little action and way too much court intrigue. I'm hoping the last two in the series do not disappoint.