Everyone knows the stories of D’Artagnan and The Three Musketeers in the books written by Alexandre Dumas. But not everyone knows D’Artagnan was a real person, who fought and died for his king Louis XIV, on the battlefield in Maastricht City. Yes, the legendary figure took his last breath on Maastricht soil, the 25th of June in 1673.
His legacy is one of history, but he’s also quite influential on the arts and music. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and diners carrying his name, which is synonymous for excitement and adventure, heroism and a ‘savoir faire’ in our imagination, of course. There seems to be this universal longing for times we can only dream of, or read about in books. Or watch in movies.
We did a quick search and found various interpretations of our hero (and his friends), whose full name was Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d’Artagnan.