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The Man in the Iron Mask: The Mystery Solved Hardcover – 25 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc; 1st Carroll & Graf Ed edition (25 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786716061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786716067
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,674,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Macdonald has a new, and rather startling theory. -- Publishing News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The true story of history’s most famous prisoner and the Four Musketeers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss AJV on 6 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and although I'm not a hundred percent convinced by the Bourbon conspiracy theory, I must commend Mr Macdonald's ability to hold my interest. I eagerly and effortlessly devoured close to 300 pages in a single sunday-long sitting. 5 stars for sheer entertainment! *****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Patrick M. Vincent on 27 Sept. 2012
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Nicely presented and seemingly well researched, this book adds a new twist to the classic myth with inspired Dumas to write a classic story of his own. Lots of fascinating background to the France of the period with some familiar names turning out to real people as interesting as their fictional counterparts. The final conclusion reached is believable given the supporting research but might feel unsettling and unjust. C'est la vie, I suppose?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larry P on 4 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is very well written and engaging telling the stories of the (in)famous musketeers as part of the essential background to the revelation of the identity behind the mask.
Macdonald's narative brings the times to life effortlessly. The reader can almost smell the stench of Paris, witness the unbelievable levels of corruption at all levels in society and see the endemic casual violence.
Macdonald's thorough research notes and useful appendices are all that prevents the reader from placing this book on the shelf marked fiction.
You won't want to put this book down until you know the truth behind the mask.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Feb. 2006
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I found this book an excellent read, the research was obviously thorough and the author knows his subject. Yet I can not bring my self to conclude the real Man in the Iron Mask. But then perhaps my mind is tainted by my previous knowledge. It is almost as if I do not want to believe it.
All of that however does not detract from a good informative read.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trimalchio on 15 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Roger Macdonald's contribution to the numerous theories about the Iron Mask is engagingly written, with a strong sense of place and time. Unfortunately, that's about all there is to recommend it.

The Iron Mask, like King Arthur or Rennes-le-Chateau, is a magnet for people with their own theories. Macdonald is typical of this type, using evidence as it supports them and quietly ignoring it if it doesn't. In telling his compelling story, facts are seemlessly entwined with interpretation, supposition and pure invention. Indeed, only if you have read other books on this subject would you realise how the evidence has been deployed to support his ideas without pondering alternatives.

Frankly, Macdonald's thesis doesn't make much sense to start with. Motives, which must be critical, are vague and inconsistent. The author himself sets out some questions at the beginning that must be answered, and fails to do so convincingly. Worst of all though, is that crucial dates have been massaged to make the theory stand up. Once these dates are corrected, we have to believe that the Iron Mask was over 90 when he died, having received a bullet through the throat at the age of about 60 and been kept in appalling conditions of imprisonment.

It's a decent read but it's no closer to the truth than Dumas's novel.
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