The Three Musketeers is a book by Alexandre Dumas. Set in the 17th century, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those being his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto "all for one, one for all", a motto which is first put forth by d'Artagnan. In genre, The Three Musketeers is mostly a historical novel and adventure. However Dumas also frequently works into the plot various injustices, abuses and absurdities of the ancient regime, giving the novel an additional political aspect at a time when the debate in France between republicans and monarchists was still fierce. The story was first serialized from March to July 1844, during the July monarchy, four years before the French Revolution of 1848 violently established the second Republic. The author's father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas had been a well-known general in France's Republican army during the French revolutionary wars. This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents. It has also been annotated, with extensive additional information about The Three Musketeers and Alexandre Dumas, including an overview, origins, plot, character information, adaptations, biographical and bibliographical information.