Behind the iron mask


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History Today
Vol. 55, no. 11 (November 2005), p. 30-36


The famous French author Alexandre Dumas never let fact get in the way of a good story: his ability to spin a yarn made his books instant best sellers. But in unravelling the stories behind two of Dumas' most famous works, 'The three Musketeers' and 'The man in the iron mask', Roger Macdonald has discovered that truth is stranger than fiction. Here he presents a startling solution as to the true identity of the man in the iron mask