Saturday, July 9, 2011

17th century steampunk?

UGO says that the new film adaptation of The Three Musketeers is steampunk-inspired.  Airships and flamethrowers, and mechanicms that never were in the 17th century?  I have to agree.  It subtley fits the definition  of steampunk without going overboard and bastardizing it:

Why are the Musketeers in these movies always shown sword fighting?  They're called "musketeers" because they were known for using muskets as their weapons- there were full musketeer units in European armies of the time.  Swords are necessary for close-combat, especially because muskets take so long to reload, but do these guys ever carry muskets around with them in these movies?

Any thoughts?


  1. You know, the whole no-musket thing never occurred to me.

    I just asked my husband and not a nice, long lecture on the topic. Apparently the muskets are smaller pistol muskets and while the musketeer units get their name from the musket their main weapons were musket and sword (b/c this is pre-bayonette). In any case he said that they do usually have the pistol muskets in the movies they just don't play them up as sword fighting in more dramatic.

  2. @ karen! - Thank you (and your husband!) for sharing this information. I never knew that the muskets were the smaller pistol muskets. Those are definitely a part of any Three Musketeer adaptions I've ever seen.

  3. I read somewhere that Dumas' story was a critique on the ineffectiveness of the regiments due to drunkenness. In the 17th century, a special sweet wine was imported from abroad into France and was especially liked by the "muscat"-eers as they were derisively called at the time.

    Of course, the story above is as much hogwash as the notion that musketeers used only or primarily hand pistols. @karen!, no offense, but I think you or your husband is pulling our legs.