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    Posted: 14-Jun-2005 at 06:53

The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) never seemed to be portrayed using muskets. Historically, did they use their swords more than their muskets?

Were the musketeers just good for strutting around? Or useful in actual war?

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yes,they had to be exellent swordsmen since the muskets they used were extremely slow to shoot with.and hard to reload.So after they shoot,a hoge mist of smoke would appear and they did not posses the time to reaload.Thghey didn't wear armour so they would either fight or retreat
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They never fight a pitched battle in the book/series. There are in some siege or another, where they use muskets quite extensively. Long ago since I read the books though.

In battle muskets were used.
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as Styr said.

this is same misconception as with the Samurai always being asociated with swords, in fact both Musketeers and Samurai used their swords mostly in peace time as self defence or for dueling, but in wars it was in general only a sidearm.

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As temujin and styrbiorn said. In the books of A. Dumas we rarelly see the musketeers on the battlefield. There are more or less honourable duels. Also when we meet them in the battles (eg. in england trying to save king charles) they dont act as regular soldiers but as advisors and commanders.
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 D'Artagnan was the king musketeer, a sort of elite that protects the king. They did have the the best muskets and were used as sharp shooters protecting flanks or important persons rather than mass infantry in battle.  In fact D'Artagnan was killed during a siege. While protecting king he would have used his sword most often. Remember Dumas book is a mixture of fiction and reality.



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d'artagnan really existed?
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Yes.

http://www.clfc.org/articles/musketeers.htm
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I think the musketeers used a rapier.
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BUt they had a pistol aswell...

and using the King's Elite Guard as mass infantry...

And he didn't die as a Musketeer (D'Artagnan), he died as the Marshal of France

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The Musketeers or, rather more accurately the Royal Musketeers, were a unit of dragoons constituted to guard the person of the King of France. Technically, they were mounted infantry that traveled on horseback but fought on foot, and their detachment was composed of the usual proportion of pike and shot.

The book, of course, portrayed only the adventures of the four gentlemen and not the combat record of the company.

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