The third installment of the ‘d’Artagnan Romances’, of which “The Three Musketeers” and “Twenty Years After” constitute the first and second, was first serialized between October 1847 to January 1850. “Louise de la Valliere” represents the third of the four volume edition of that work. In this portion of the work D’Artagnan and the aging Musketeers must do all they can when a crisis arises in the royal court, yet they strive in more ways than one, for the just nature of their endeavors is in question. Even as they face the turmoil of a court in which the king desires absolute power, a more individual battle is being waged in the heart of Raoul, son of Athos, who loves the gentle Louise, though she has caught the dangerous king’s eye. Brimming with an epic assortment of characters, plots, and witty battles, “Louise de la Valliere” is an essential part of Alexandre Dumas’ epic narrative of D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers. This edition includes a biographical afterword.