The lubricious villains try to implicate Alatriste in nefarious plots against the king, but our intrepid gallant of course manages to escape every shackle imposed on him.
To some, however, Philip does not listen enough to the advice of churchmen and others who wish Spain to more strongly support the Papacy in its disputes with other European countries. Das Kinderkunst-Kreativbuch
The good guys are both principled and honorable (by their own standards) men and women, but have no compunction about killing or selling their virtue when duty, honor or upper mobility requires it. Othello & Giovanni - Chaos auf der Katzenschau
The narrator, the 16 year old Inigo, has the advantage of retelling this tale in his old age so he knows the bleak future of the Spanish Empire, his master Captain Alatriste and of the reign of Philip IV.According to the mores of Spanish society, Alatriste must yield.