In his sequel to The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas’s The Man in the Iron Mask recounts the later fortunes of the swashbucklers D’Artagnan, Aramis, Porthos, and Athos. D’Artagnan continues to serve the nefarious Louis XIV, while Aramis is now a priest. When Aramis is sent to the Bastille to hear the confession of the man in an iron mask, he learns that the man’s identity is Phillippe, none other than the twin brother of the corrupt French king. He engineers a plot to free the prisoner, conspiring with him to usurp the monarchy, with Aramis as prime minister or pope, but this plan is only briefly successful. For in the meantime, D’Artagnan, captain of the King’s musketeers, defends Louis XIV against the machinations of Aramis and the wealthy minister of finance, Foquet. A royal love plot develops between a young beauty, the king, and Raoul, the son of Athos. When King Louis commands D’Artagnan to capture Porthos and Aramis, conflicting loyalties end in tragedy. Dumas’ calamitous conclusion ends the third and final volume of the trilogy that made the four musketeers such enduring and well-loved characters.