TGR: Who Knew a Black Man Wrote “The Three Musketeers”?

By Doni Glover, Publisher
Unapologetically Black: Doni Glover Autobiography

(BALTIMORE – June 25, 2019) – “One for all, and all for one!” Maybe we all have said this line once or twice. And how about the candy bar, the “3 Musketeers” bar? Who has never eaten one of those whipped chocolate treats?

As an African American literary student, there is nothing on the surface that piques the interest beyond a great story line with outstanding actors. I’m referring to The Musketeers, “BBC period action drama programme based on the characters from Alexandre Dumas‘s novel The Three Musketeers[ and co-produced by BBC America and BBC Worldwide.”

It first appeared on BBC One in January 2014 and stars a great lineup of talent: Tom Burke as AthosSantiago Cabrera as AramisHoward Charles as PorthosLuke Pasqualino as d’Artagnan, with Tamla Kari as Constance, Maimie McCoy as Milady de Winter, Ryan Gage as King Louis XIII and Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne. It also features Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu in the first series and Marc Warren as Comte de Rochefort in the second series, with Rupert Everett as the Marquis de Feron for the final series.

As late as I am, I recently fell in love with this series – thanks to Hulu.

There’s so much I have to say about the show. For instance, I simply adore the fashion. God, those leather outfits are to kill for! The king is a very dapper fellow, too, although I don’t think I could sport those heels. However, they are certainly eye catching.

Frankly, though, there’s even more I like about “The Musketeers”, like the fact that it was originally written by a black man.

You know, I think if such Black History was more widely known, the world would have a kinder, gentler representation of people of the darker hue in films and other media. For now, I am just pleased that more people now realize that the African was certainly a part of European history far beyond the role of a slave. I have to also ponder the role of The Moors, the North African Muslims who dominated Spain and beyond for seven centuries. In any event, Alexandre Dumas was truly a brilliant man and his stories are simply awe-inspiring and soul captivating.

Besides that, Dumas wrote several other classic works, including The Count of Monte Cristo and Robin Hood The Outlaw. In all, it is said that Dumas wrote over 100,000 pages in his lifetime. The man was nothing short of a genius.