On her way to marry the crown prince of Sweden, princess Louise of Mantua, the king's cousin, is attacked by would-be kidnappers who are killed by the musketeers. The attackers were paid in Spanish gold but Rochefort has had a hand in the operation. Louise is brought to Paris for her own safety but another attempt is made on her life and the musketeers link the weaponry used to Rochefort. Ultimately they are more concerned with the princess herself, who may not be what she seems, whilst Rochefort is suspicious of Aramis's relationship with the queen and Constance's husband is a casualty in a shoot out.
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Did You Know?
During a scene where the Musketeers are fighting in a Paris marketplace, a stall is displaying orange carrots for sale. In the 17th Century (when the Musketeers' story is set) orange carrots were a novelty. Before the 17th Century, carrots were white or purple. Orange carrots were first cultivated in the Netherlands and their colour was taken as symbolically supportive of the Protestant House of Orange. Though France was Catholic there may have been some sympathy with Netherlands Protestants as William of Orange had led rebellion in the Netherlands against its then-Spanish rulers (and the Spanish were, of course, France's enemies during this period). See more