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...?
November 08, 2017: Publication of the series l’Intégrale in France
The sixth volume The Road to Versailles from the series l'Intégrale is released by the publishing house Archipoche (Paris). All readers hope that the publisher will continue to publish of the next books from this series.

October 11, 2017: Publication of the Angélique books in France
The book edition of Angélique is continuing in France. The fourth volume The Indomitable Angélique from the series Version d’Origine is released by the publisher l’Archipel (Paris), and the fifth volume The Shadows and the Lights from the series l’Intégrale is released by the publisher Archipoche (Paris).

September 27, 2017: Publication of the series Version d’Origine in Russia
The publisher Azbuka (Moscow) has publised the eleventh volume Angélique in Quebec from the series Version d’Origine.

July 25, 2017: The last farewell to ANNE GOLON
The famous authoress Simone Changeux, worldwide known as Anne Golon, left us forever on Friday, 14th July 2017. The last farewell was held at the St. Louis Cathedral in Ile-de-France in Versailles on Tuesday, 25th July 2017.

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New Books ...
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 Lights and the Shadows of Paris
Publisher Klub semejnogo dosuga (Russia):
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):
07/2013: The Shadows and the Lights
11/2013: The Road to Versailles
07/2014: The War in Laces
Publisher Litera (Romania):
06/2016: The Executed Man of Notre-Dame
10/2016: The Lights and the Shadows in Paris
Publisher Archipoche (France):
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
10/2017: The Indomitable Angélique
Publisher Azbuka (Russia):
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
09/2017: Angélique in Quebec
The end of October and the beginning of November brought a sudden miraculous dry spell and delightful warmth. (...) Angélique fought with the birds for the last red berries of the mountain ash and some black elderberries. She would use these to treat fevers, bronchitis, aches, and pains, sore kidneys. She sent Elvire and the children off to pick anything edible they could still find on the bushes, in the thickets, or on the open ground, any kind of berry, bilberries, whortleberries, little apples or stunted wild pears. (...) Savary had taught Angélique, during the course of her travels, to value the merest scrap of fruit peel. There was little enough of it here and it would be many a long months before they saw any more ripen. But the dried berries would be a help. Next the children picked caraway seeds, mushrooms from moist hollows, hazelnuts, and mast for the pig.

(Golon, Sergeanne. The Countess Angélique. Ontario: Pan Books, 1968, p. 271-272)

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The book covers: Angélique L'Intégrale
Since 2006, there has been worldwide initiated the new publication of the novel Angélique, the series L'Intégrale. Unfortunately, only a few countries continues with this editions. The overview of book covers of the book series Angélique L'Intégrale.

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.