In March 1861, the kingdom of Italy was proclaimed, with Victor Emmanuel II as its king. During his time in Italy, Dumas befriended Giuseppe Garibaldi, whom he had long admired and with whom he shared a commitment to liberal republican principles as well as membership within Freemasonry.
La Stalla d'Augia seems unpublished in French. The manuscript presents erasures, corrections and additions. Dumas retraces the story of King Augia, a tyrant who used "to drag his royal chariot, those couriers called perjury, treason, cowardice, corruption, illegality, despotism, superstition. These horses, which like those of Diomedes feed on human flesh, were released in a large stable, which had been made for them of all the combined ministries, the ministries having become useless under a prince who was at the same time - King - and ministers. Knowing what the horses were, you can guess what the feces were "[…] Each of the ministries is characterized by its own weaknesses or crimes; the overflow of rot is spreading to the population and is communicated […] And to finish with a disguised appeal to Garibaldi: "But in the end all the evil came from the stables of King Augias, the stables once cleaned, the capital became honest again. and its safe surroundings. Every tyrant who abandons his kingdom leaves there stables like those of Augias. We ask for a descendant of Hercules to clean the stables of Francis II […]"
Alexandre Dumas is also known as Alexandre Dumas père (French for 'father'). His works have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers..