1902. Dumas, French novelist and playwright, is now primarily recognized for his historical novels, which include the ever popular "Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo". The readers fell in love with the characters of "The Three Musketeers and their escapades". "The Three Guardsmen" offers readers more of D'Artgnan, Porthos, and Athos' adventures. The novel begins: On the first Monday of the month of April, 1625, the bourg of Meung, in which the author of the "Romance of the Rose" was born, appeared to be in as perfect a state of revolution as if the Huguenots had just made a second Rochelle of it. Many citizens, seeing the women flying toward the High Street, leaving their children crying at the open doors, hastened to don the cuirass, and, supporting their somewhat uncertain courage with a musket or a partizan, directed their steps toward the hostelry of the Franc-Meunier, before which was gathered, increasing every minute, a compact group, vociferous and full of curiosity.