Picaud first murdered Chaubart, or possibly had him murdered. iii While Picaud had been in prison, his former fiancé, two years after he had been imprisoned, married his former friend Loupian. Picaud tricked Loupian’s daughter into marrying a criminal, whom he had arrested. Loupian’s daughter died of a nervous breakdown. Picaud then burned down Loupian’s restaurant which impoverished Loupian. iv His next step towards revenge was to poison Solari and manipulated Loupian’s son into stealing some gold jewelry and framed him for committing a crime. When the boy was sent to jail, Picaud stabbed Loupian to death. Afterward, Allut, who could have cleared Picaud of any wrong doing, abducted and killed him.
As far as the political background of his novel, Alexandre Dumas used intrigue of the return of Napoleon I in 1815. Thomas Alexandre Dumas, Alexandre’s father, was a general during the French Revolution and who was wrongfully dismissed from his position because of his Haitian bloodline. The father naturally was bitter toward Napoleon. It appeared that Dumas had close contact with members of the Bonaparte family while living in Florence in 1841, and who had renewed popularity of French after the death of Napoleon I. Dumas sailed in a small boat around the island of Monte-Cristo accompanied by friends, one of them cousins of the emperor of France. During the trip he promised the prince that he would write a novel with the island’s name in the title.
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1908 film), a 1908 silent film starring Hobart Bosworth
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1913 film), a 1913 silent film starring James O’Neill
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1918 series), a 1918 silent-film serial starring Léon Mathot
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1929 film), a 1929 silent film starring Jean Angelo
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1934 film), a 1934 film starring Robert Donat
- El Conde de Monte Cristo (1941 film), 3-hour film version starring Arturo de Cordova
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1943 film), a 1943 film starring Pierre Richard-Willm
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1954 film), a 1954 film starring Jean Marais
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1961 film), a 1961 film starring Louis Jourdan
- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002 film), a 2002 film starring Jim Caviezel
- The Countess of Monte Cristo, a 1948 film starring Sonja Henie
- Mask of the Avenger, a 1951 film starring Anthony Quinn
- The Return of Monte Cristo (also known as Monte Cristo’s Revenge), a 1946 film starring Louis Hayward
- The Return of Monte Cristo (also known as Under the Sign of Monte Cristo), a 1968 film starring with Paul Barge and directed by André Hunebelle
- The Son of Monte Cristo a 1940 film starring Louis Hayward
- The Treasure of Monte Cristo, a 1961 film starring Rory Calhoun
- The Wife of Monte Cristo, a 1946 film starring Lenore Aubert and Martin Kosleck
- Veta (film), a 1986 film starring Chiranjeevi
- Uznik Zamka If (English titles: The Count of Monte Cristo or The Prisoner of Castle If ), a 1988 film starring Viktor Avilov and Aleksei Petrenko
A tiny island whose name means Mount of Christ which indeed the island is a mountain rising above the sea, who few have visited because it is a protected and forbidden island by the government of Italy. It is located in the Tuscan Archipelago, between Corsica and the Italian peninsula. It is a volcanic island that was known to ancient Greeks and Romans who called it Artemisia, and later called Mons Jovis.
In the 16th century, Montecristo was seized by the Turkish pirate, Oruç Reis, known as Redbeard, which increased the rumor that there was wealth hidden on the island that belonged to the Monastery of San Mamiliano, Reis, and his successor, Turgut Reis, known as Dragut. The treasure is supposedly stashed in a hidden grotto on the island. The treasure either belonged to the monks, who hid it when Dragut pillaged the monastery in 1553, or was hidden by the pirates themselves.