Alexandre Dumas, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (1802-1870) is one of the most widely read French novelists. Known for his historical adventure tales, many of his novels have been adapted for stage and screen. This novel is concerned with fraternal royal strife at the court of Henri III. Tragically caught between the millstones of history are the gallant Count de Bussy and the woman he adores, la Dame de Monsoreau. Part 1.