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A guardsman of the Marquis de Tracy, between 1665 and 1667

Caption: A guardsman of the Marquis de Tracy, between 1665 and 1667

This man-at-arms is one of 17 personal bodyguards responsible for the Marquis de Tracy between 1665 and 1667 during his time as Governor General of New France. By specific decree of the King, the de Tracy's guard wore tabards similar to those of the Musketeers of the Royal Guard. These were blue, lined with red and decorated with white crosses and trim. This is the costume made famous in the novels of Alexandre Dumas such as 'The Three Musketeers'. Reconstruction by Michel Pétard.