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Man Behind the Iron Mask

Man Behind the Iron Mask

A True Story

John Noone

St. Martin's Griffin

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"For more than three hundred years the legend of 'the man in the iron mask' has held a place on the stage of human enquiry and debate. From the time of his incarceration during the reign of Louis XIV right through to our modern day, the awful fate of the man condemned to live a lifetime with his face encased in iron has inspired, depending on the era, anger, horror, pity and fascination." So opened the New York Times review of the first edition of The Man Behind the Iron Mask. John Noone's masterful account of the mystery presents all the known facts of the prisoner's existence chronologically as they have been discovered, including the famous legend immortalized in the nineteenth century by Alexander Dumas in his sequel to The Three Musketeers, and into modern times with the supposed discovery of his skeleton in an old tower in Cannes in 1977. Noone also offers his own intriguing solution to the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask, telling the story of this mystery of enduring strength like no one else has.

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Praise for Man Behind the Iron Mask

“A highly readable account . . . So wild, at times lurid, are the many twists of plot . . . that there is something to satisfy all tastes in the history of this powerfully tenacious French obsession.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Highly enjoyable.” —Today

“. . . The ultimate book on the prisoner who enthralled millions . . . An engrossing non-fiction tale of mystery, money, greed, intrigue, cover-up and myth.” —The Trenton Times

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About the author

John Noone

John Noone lectured for ten year in the Universities of Alexandria and Kyoto before writing his first novel, The Man with the Chocolate Egg.

John Noone

John Noone

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