Angélique: In the world of Sun King

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The webpage is dedicated to the work of the most popular and the most translated French writer of the 20th century Anne Golon: Angélique. Our goal is an international enlightenment and elimination of the myths which were born around the Angélique books in recent years. In other part, this website also presents the characteristic features of the time of the Sun King as a period fashion, architecture, art, literature and movies about the time of Louis XIV.

The writer of the novel did very detailed historical research, and therefore the books have got an unusually detailed historical foundation. The Angélique by Anne Golon surprised with historical accuracy that goes far beyond what we know as ordinary romance from the past or from the books of Alexandre Dumas. Anne Golon does not only focus on the most important events of the 17th century. There are also the exceptional detailed descriptions of the free-time activities and of the commonplace life in the countryside or at the royal court, whether in France or in Canada.

The novel never lacks for excitement. In the books there is lot of action, romance and humour, and we can find there drama, and the tragic elements as well. Anne Golon told the story from the perspective of a woman (from the perspective of the main character and the author himself). Interestingly described is relationship between the Count de Peyrac and Angélique. The story is told not only from a female, but also from a male perspective. Not to be overlooked, that the development of the main characters corresponds with that of its authors.

In the book series "Angélique" used Anne Golon several writing styles. We can say that her novel contains stories of multiple genres. In the book series Angélique we can find more than 1350 characters, hundreds of them are based on historical figures. At the beginning, this literary work finds inspiration in stories such as Beauty and the Beast, Cupid and Psyche, The Phantom of the Opera or Gone with the Wind. In other episodes the plot moves to the dark stories of legendary and spectacular poison affair at the court of Louis XIV and we can read about the hard life in the Parisian underworld.

After the third book in the series about the glamorous festivities in Versailles, where Madame Chocolat is returned as the fashionable Angélique Marquise du Plessis-Belliere, leads us our journey to the Mediterranean sea and Morocco, and describes life in the harem. Then we come back in the French province of Poitou, the land of swamps and later to La Rochelle full of persecuted Huguenots.

After a little gloomy fifth book follows a cheerful one, which takes place mostly on the ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean sailing to America. The whole story is based on the turbulent dialogue between Angélique and her recovered husband. Angélique in Quebec tells especially Angélique experiences in this charming city in New France. The reader will be for sure amused about satirical stories about the gallant Frenchman. The heroes are the whole winter completely separated from the outside world, due to the ice and snow. Completion of the "Canadian series" tells us about relationships between the Jesuits who worked as missionaries and cruel and desperate Indians. Key features of the novel are admiration of nature, very good historical research, an almost palpable tension, mysterious, almost magical atmosphere and unexpected humour.

Planned conclusion of the series with the announced title 'The Kingdom of France' is a big unknown. Will Angélique end up in the New World, or will she return to France...?
July 25, 2017: The last farewell to ANNE GOLON
The last farewell to the famous authoress Simone Changeux, more than sixty years around the world known as Anne Golon, was held in the morning at St. Louis Cathedral in Ile-de-France, Versailles.

July 14, 2017: ANNE GOLON pased away
On Friday, July 14, 2017, writer Anne Golon left us forever. She was the most widely read and the most translated French novelist of the 20th century, and she dedicated to her historical book series Angélique almost all her life. This sad news on the death of Anne Golon was reported to local agenture AFP by daughter Nadine Goloubinoff on Saturday July 15, 2017.

December 17, 2016: Anne Golon's 95th birthday
Anne Golon, author of the Angélique book series, has celebrated her 95th birthday this year.

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The series BD Angélique Manga

The series L'Intégrale & Version d'Origine

The worldwide editions of the series Angélique: L'Intégrale

Publisher Fragment (Czech Republic):
10/2007: The Marquise of the Angels
04/2008: The Toulouse Wedding
10/2008: The Royal Fêtes
10/2009: The Executed Man of Notre-Dame
04/2010: The Shadows and the Lights of Paris
Publisher Klub semejnogo dosuga (Russia):
10/2009: The Shadows and the Lights of Paris
08/2010: The Road to Versailles
06/2011: The War in Laces
03/2013: The Marquise of the Angels
05/2013: The Toulouse Wedding
07/2013: The Royal Fêtes
09/2013: The Martyr of Notre-Dame
Publisher (Japan):
03/2012: The Marquise of the Angels
07/2012: The Bartered Fiancée
11/2012: The Royal Fêtes
03/2013: The Executed Man of Notre-Dame
07/2013: The Shadows and the Lights
11/2013: The Road to Versailles
07/2014: The War in Laces
Publisher Archipoche (France):
09/2014: The Marquise of the Angels
09/2014: The Bartered Fiancée
09/2014: The Royal Fêtes
09/2014: The Executed Man of Notre-Dame
10/2017: The Shadows and the Lights
11/2017: The Road to Versailles

Publisher l’Archipel (France):
12/2013: Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels
09/2014: Angélique, the Road to Versailles
01/2015: Angélique and the King
Publisher Azbuka (Russia):
12/2013: Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels
08/2014: Angélique, the Road to Versailles
09/2014: Angélique and the King
11/2014: The Indomitable Angélique
04/2015: Angélique in Revolt
05/2015: Angélique and her Love
01/2016: Angélique in the New World
05/2017: The Temptation of Angélique
07/2016: Angélique and the She-Devil
09/2016: Angélique and the Conspiracy of Shadows
It was then that the truth she had been refusing to face pierced her like the ice-cold point of a dagger. She had found him, but he no longer loved her. All her life she had dreamt of him coming towards her with open arms. Now she realized that these dreams, had been nothing but childish imaginings, like most women's dreams. Life is carved out of a rock tougher than the soft and easy wax of dreams. It is shaped by great cutting blows, blows that jar and hurt.

(Golon, Sergeanne. Angélique in Love. London: Pan Books, 1969, p. 83)

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A costume club of the readers of Angélique
The dresses inspired by Angélique can take various forms and can belong into a period of Versailles, Canada or of the Court of Miracles; or they can simply symbolize the style of another characters from the world of Angélique and of the Sun King.

Angélique comic book in Manga style
The publishing house Casterman has been publishing the series of comic books in the manga style since 2015. The authors of this project are Dara, Anne Golon and Olivier Milhaud. The stories of this trilogy take place during the period from Angélique’s childhood up to her marriage with the Count de Peyrac.

Interview with Anne Golon at Versailles
The extensive interviews with Anne Golon in 1999. Anne Golon remembers her youth, tells the story of how created Angélique and of the role of her husband in it.

The book covers: The original editions of Angélique novel in the world
The Angélique books were issued worldwide and achieved the roaring success everywhere, but only some series were published completely. The overviews of book covers of the original Angélique editions in the most various languages.

Movie posters for new film Angélique (2013)
An overview of some posters for the new movie Angélique by Ariel Zeitoun, which were used for the cinema promotions or which were used for the DVD release promotion.