Only few have not heard about d’Artagnan, the famous captain of King Louis’ XIV musketeers, whose adventures are recounted by Alexandre Dumas in his well-known historical novel “The Three Musketeers”!
What is less known is that Dumas’ d’Artagnan adventures are a fictionalized account of the life of a real person, Charles de Batz de Castelmore d’Artagnan (between 1610 and 1615 – 1673) born in the village of Lupiac in what is now the department of Gers of the south west France, in the heart of the region of Gascony.
Besides having a D’Artaganan dedicated museum, the little village of Lupiac – population 350 – organizes each year in the middle of August a festival that celebrates its most famous citizen and the high spirit of the musketeers.
Some images from the 2017 edition of the festival:
A 17th century pharmacy apparently included powders made from fox lungs, wolf liver, opium, frog bones, lizard kidneys also dragon blood, mummy juice (!) etc.