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Why are the 3 Musketeers called that when they didn't fight with muskets?


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Answered 2007-08-18 11:26:30

Les Mousquetaires du Roi were formed in 1622 under Louis XIII. Its main function was to form the King's bodyguard in peacetime. Its members were all of noble ancestry, and mostly aged between 17 and 20. In time of war, the regiment fought with the army, either infantry or cavalry. They were at first armed with that new invention, the flintlock musket. However, these early muskets were up to 8 feet long and weighed about 20 pounds. This was useless to cavalry, and not much use for an elite corps of infantry expected to charge at the run - especially as they would also have to carry a forked stick on which to rest the thing while firing. The muskets, therefore, did not last long; but the name remained. Incidentally, Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan(c. 1611 - 25 June 1673) served Louis XIV as captain of the Musketeers of the Guard and died at the Siege of Maastricht in the Franco-Dutch War. (Wikipedia)

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