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Milady de Winter
Gender
Female
Occupation
Spy
Nationality
French
Also known as
Milady de Winter (the general name Milady is referred to throughout the story)
  • Anne de Breuil (the name by which Athos knew Milady when he met her)
  • Comtesse de la Fère (the title Milady assumed when she married the Comte de la Fère, later known as Athos)
  • Lady Clarik/Clarick (a variation on the previous name; in some English translations, this is translated as Clarisse or Clarice)
  • Charlotte Backson (the fictional name Milady's brother-in-law, Lord de Winter, attempts to bestow upon her in his plan to banish her to the colonies)
Family Members
*Athos (Husband)
  • Mordaunt (Son)

Milady de Winter, often referred to as simply Milady, is a fictional character in the novel The Three Musketeers (1844) by Alexandre Dumas, père, which is set in 1625 France. She is a spy for Cardinal Richelieu and is one of the dominant antagonists of the story. Her major role in the first part is to seduce the English minister, the Duke of Buckingham, who is also the secret lover of Queen Anne of France. Hoping to blackmail the Queen, Richelieu orders her to steal two diamonds from a set of matched studs given to him by the Queen, which were a gift to her from her husband, King Louis XIII. Thwarted by d'Artagnan and the other musketeers, Milady's opposition of d'Artagnan carries much of the second half of the novel.

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