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Cyrano de Bergerac

A true romantic fiction based in the 17th century

"Moreover, the moment comes inevitably, -- and I pity those for whom it never comes, -- when we feel that in us exists a love so noble that every trifling word we speak makes it melancholy." - Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

It's an unfortunate fact, that as much as I love the Musketeers and as much as the Dumas epic is often called the D'Artagnan romances - There is indeed VERY LITTLE romance in the books. Of course, you must take into the morals and values of the period in which they were written, yet there are some instances, which I do not care to disclose in which women are viewed in less than ideal fashion. If it is love, poetry, and romance you are looking for: Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand is the ideal candidate for fiction based in the 17th century. Of course, most people just know the fact that the main character has an exceptionally long nose, but upon hearing the text performed (especially as presented by Gerard Depardieu in the French version) you realize that more than anything else - people should think first of the intense romance, love, and passions of the man known as Cyrano. 

There are some interesting similarities between the two:
Both were based on real life soldiers who lived and fought in the 17th century

-Both were highly dramatized/idealized versions of the people who they were based on

-They are of course, both in France

-Both were written far later that when they took place - in this case Cyrano was not written until 1897. Dumas wrote his tomes roughly one hundred years later than his purported events.

-The both have musketeers in them

-Cyrano and the beginning of the Musketeer books take place during the reign of Louis XIII

-Both featured Comte de Guiche


Some More Links
The Real Life Cyrano de Bergerac Savien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655)