“D’Artagnan and the Musketeers: Unveiling the Myth” Exhibition at Château de Vincennes

In commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the death of the real d’Artagnan, the Ministry of Defense’s Historical Service (SHD) presents a captivating exhibition, “D’Artagnan et les mousquetaires du roi. Aux sources du mythe” (D’Artagnan and the Musketeers of the King: At the Origins of the Myth). Running until January 13, 2024, this free exhibition at the majestic Château de Vincennes explores the history of d’Artagnan and the King’s Musketeers.

Key highlights of the exhibition include:

  1. Historical Artefacts: Rare pieces, including iconography, archival documents, weapons, and uniforms, some never seen before, are showcased. These treasures are drawn from the extensive collections of SHD and other prestigious institutions.
  2. Timeline of the Musketeers: For the first time in the King’s Pavilion of Château de Vincennes, an exhibition delves into the history of the real d’Artagnan and the Musketeers, from their establishment in 1622 to their initial disbandment in 1775 and their ultimate disappearance in 1815.
  3. Life of d’Artagnan: Informed by the latest scientific research, the exhibition narrates the journey of Charles de Batz de Castelmore, Count d’Artagnan. From a young cadet in Gascog, he rose to become a trusted figure of Cardinal Mazarin and later Louis XIV, meeting his demise in 1673 during the Siege of Maastricht, a significant military triumph of the Sun King.
  4. Rich Iconography and Documents: The exhibition is a treasure trove of diverse iconography and unique archival documents, including autograph letters from d’Artagnan, Vauban’s workshop-crafted plans of the Siege of Maastricht, and the marriage contract signed by Louis XIV and Mazarin.
  5. Scenography: The visitor experience is enhanced by a thoughtful scenography that showcases the diversity of the presented pieces, with contributions from the Museum of the Army, the National Archives, and the Versailles Library.