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This site is dedicated to the historical adventures of sword-wielding heroes: in short, swashbucklers! Here your host, Lawrence Ellsworth, posts news and reviews of swashbuckler stories, movies, and games, provides previews and historical notes for his books, both available and forthcoming, plus links to reviews and articles for further reading.

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The Musketeers Cycle: New translations of Alexandre Dumas’s classic Musketeers novels by Lawrence Ellsworth, published by Pegasus Books.

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Dumas’s Musketeers Return to their Serial Roots!

The newest book in the Musketeers Cycle, Devil’s Dance, is now being published on the Substack platform in serial form, chapter by chapter, just the way Alexandre Dumas did it in the 1840s! Check out our Devil’s Dance page on this website, or click on the link below to go directly to the Musketeers Cycle on Substack.


Cinema of Swords

Coming summer 2023 from Applause Books: Cinema of Swords, A popular guide to 400+ movies about Knights, Pirates, Samurai, and Vikings (and Barbarians, Musketeers, Gladiators, and Outlaw Heroes) from the Silent Era through The Princess Bride. Watch for it!

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Devil’s Dance

Book Seven of the Musketeers Cycle, the adventures of the musketeers at the court of King Louis XIV continue, as Athos’ son the Vicomte de Bragelonne competes with the king himself for the love of Louise de La Vallière. Publishing now in serial form on the Substack platform.

Court of Daggers

Book Six of the Musketeers Cycle, the adventures d’Artagnan and of Athos’s son, the Vicomte de Bragelonne, at the court of King Louis XIV! Available now in ebook and trade paperback formats.

Between Two Kings

Book Five of the Musketeers Cycle, in which d’Artagnan and Athos join forces to restore the English throne to King Charles II. Available now in hardcover and ebook formats!

Blood Royal

Book Four in the Musketeers Cycle, the exploits of d’Artagnan and his comrades to save King Charles I from execution, and themselves from Mordaunt, the son of Milady! Available now in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats!

Twenty Years After

Book Three in the Musketeers Cycle, continuing the adventures of d’Artagnan and his comrades Athos, Porthos, and Aramis in the years of a French rebellion and the English Civil War. Available now in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats!

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The Three Musketeers

Book One in the Musketeers Cycle, the classic tale in an acclaimed new translation, illustrated and fully annotated! Available now in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook formats.

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The Red Sphinx

Book Two in the Musketeers Cycle, Lawrence Ellsworth’s reconstruction and translation of Alexandre Dumas’s lost sequel to The Three Musketeers. Available in hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.

The Rose Knight’s Crucifixion

Lawrence Ellsworth’s two-part parallel novel to Dumas’s The Three Musketeers, telling the tale of hunchback Louis d’Astarac’s quest for the hidden secrets of the Rosicrucians, crossing paths with Richelieu, Milady de Winter, and Aramis. Volume 1, The Three Mystic Heirs, and volume 2, The Three Monks of Tears, are available in both ebook and trade paperback formats.