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The Man Behind the Iron Mask: A True Story by John Noone explores the facts behind the Iron Mask legend. Noone introduces you to all of the men who might have worn the iron mask and then arrives at a startling conclusion about the identity of the real masked man. This book is full of fascinating history and gossip about the French royal court. Highly recommended!
The Musketeers and the Iron Mask: Mystery Solved by Roger Macdonald. The author spent five years researching the Musketeers and their link with the Man in the Iron Mask. Honor and heroism, betrayal and intrigue, lust, jealousy, and deadly poisons made the Sun King's court a world of glittering paranoia.
The True History of the State Prisoner, Commonly Called the Iron Mask: Extracted From Documents in the French Archives by George Agar Ellis. A facsimile reprint of a 1826 edition of this book.
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas. Novel about an identical twin of King Louis XIV who is kept locked in an iron mask, by the author of The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne.
Alexandre Dumas: The King of Romance by F.W.J. Hemmings. Biography drawing on Dumas' memoirs and surviving correspondence.
Alexandre Dumas by Michael Ross. Biography published in 1981.
The Life and Writings of Alexandre Dumas by Harry A. Spurr. A biography of the popular novelist.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss. Born in Haiti in 1762, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but made his way to Paris, where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He rose to command armies and was the father of novelist Alexandre Dumas.
The Titans: The Extraordinary Lives of the Three Dumas by Andre Maurois. Biography of writer Alexandre Dumas, his father, and his grandfather.
General Alexandre Dumas: Soldier of the French Revolution by John G. Gallaher. Biography of the novelist's father, who was the son of a Haitian slave and a French aristocrat.
Moliere: A Theatrical Life by Virginia Scott. Biography of the playwright who some believe became the Man in the Iron Mask.
The Misanthrope and Other Plays by Moliere. A collection of Moliere's controversial comedies.
Louis XIV and His Court
The Age of Louis XIV by Voltaire. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
The Portable Voltaire by Fran-Cois Maria Arouet De Voltaire. A collection of the great philosopher's writings, including his views on the Man in the Iron Mask.
Voltaire by Wayne Andrews. Biography.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.
Man in the Iron Mask. A 1929 silent classic starring Douglas Fairbanks as Louis XIV's swashbuckling musketeer D'Artagnan.
The Man in the Iron Mask starring Richard Chamberlain. A very good 1976 TV movie based on Alexandre Dumas's novels. Lots of fun.
The Man in the Iron Mask. This 1998 movie stars Leonardo Di Caprio as Louis XIV and his imprisoned brother. I found it unnecessarily violent and depressing.
The Man in the Iron Mask. A 1939 movie starring Louis Hayward and Joan Bennett.