Armand d'Athos

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Armand, Seigneur de Sillègue, d'Athos, et d'Autevielle ("Lord of Sillègue, Athos, and Autevielle"), better known as Armand d'Athos (c. 1615 – December 21, 1643), was a Gascon black musketeer of the Maison du Roi in 17th century France. He took his name from a small market town of Athos-Aspis on the Gave d'Oloron, close to Sauveterre-de-Béarn and Autevielle.[1] Athos was the first cousin once removed to the Comte de Troisville and first cousin of Isaac de Porthau. According to the semi-fictional Mémoires de M. d'Artagnan, he formed a close friendship with Henri d'Aramitz and the aforementioned de Porthau, and they were called the "three brothers".[2][3] He served as the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas's character of the same name in the d'Artagnan Romances.

Life[edit]

Perhaps a nobleman,[4] Athos was born in Béarn, France around 1615 to Seigneur Adrien de Sillègue d'Athos d'Autevielle de Cassaber and the sister of the Comte de Troisville.[2]

According to the Mémoires of the Comte d'Artagnan, d'Artagnan saved Athos's life at the Pré aux Clercs.[2] After joining the Musketeers of the Guard in 1640, Athos maintained his friendship with d'Artagnan.[2]

Athos was killed in a duel on December 21, 1643, and was buried at the Pré aux Clercs near Paris.[2][5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mousquetaires.asso.fr/en/athos-porthos-and-aramis.html
  2. ^ a b c d e Masson, David; et al. (1899). Macmillan's Magazine. Macmillan & Co. 
  3. ^ Dumas, Alexandre (2003). "Introduction". The Three Musketeers. trans. Lord Sudley. Penguin Classics. 
  4. ^ "Roman et Histoire". Archived from the original on 4 November 2008. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  5. ^ Burkle-Young, F. A. "Porthos". Retrieved November 18, 2008.