Most people know the story of the Man in the Iron Mask from the 1998 film of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio, while bookworms will recall him as a prominent character in a novel by Three Musketeers author Alexandre Dumas.
However, not realize that this mysterious character was based upon a real person. For centuries, his identity has been shrouded in mystery… until now.
We’re talking about the other Man in the Iron Mask.
The man’s story was most popularized in the 1998 film The Man in the Iron Mask, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Randall Wallace.
“They [historians] are pretty much in agreement that his name was Eustache Dauger, that he only occasionally wore the mask and that when he did wear a mask, it was velvet, not iron,” said Sonnino in a statement. “They are also quite sure that he was a valet. What they have not been able to figure out is whose valet he was, and for what possible reason he was held under tight security for over 30 years.”
“What I was able to determine was that Mazarin had ripped off some of his huge fortune from the previous king and queen of England,” says Sonnino. “Dauger must have blabbed at the wrong time. He was informed, when arrested, that if he revealed his identity to anyone, he would immediately be killed.”
“Life does not make sense,” Sonnino says. “Humans are much more complicated than that.”
It’s fascinating that after so many years of being a mere legend, we now have the answer to this historical question. Maybe next we’ll find out just what the heck is going on with the Bermuda Triangle… oh wait, we already have!
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