The man in the iron mask is a centuries-old tale that has been passed down through stories, art, and even movies starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It all began in the 1680s, when a mysterious prisoner, locked up by order of King Louis XIV of France, was spotted wearing a mask made of iron. No one ever saw his face, and the age old question lingered for hundreds of years: who was the man in the iron mask?
Theories about the prisoner have bounced around for centuries, but modern historians have finally come up with a conclusive answer. Although the identity of the masked man has been revealed, the tales perpetuated by the likes of author Alexandre Dumas and philosopher Voltaire still live on to this day.