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...?
December 17, 2019: Birthday of Anne Golon
This day, we commemorate the 98th birthday of Anne Golon, the author of the novel Angélique. All her readers and fans are still remembering her with love and with unceasing admiration.

August 06, 2018: Version d’Origine in Russia
The publisher Azbuka (Moscow) released the thirteenth volume The Victory of Angélique from the series Version d’Origine.

March 19, 2018: Version d’Origine in Russia
The publisher Azbuka (Moscow) released the twelfth volume Angélique, the Road of Hope from the series Version d’Origine.

December 12, 2017: Concert for Anne Golon
Sixty years ago, there was published the masterpiece written in Versailles for the first time in France - the historic-adventurous novel Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels, which has achieved world renown. In honor of Anne Golon there is held the concert and a festive evening called "Angélique, the Marquise of the Organ" as a part of the festival "Versailles in the Sound of Organ 2017" at cultural center "Espace Richaud" in Versailles.

November 08, 2017: Publication of the series l’Intégrale in France
The sixth volume The Road to Versailles was released by the publishing house Archipoche.

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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 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 in Paris
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):
05/2017: The Temptation of Angélique
09/2017: Angélique in Quebec
03/2018: Angélique, the Road of Hope
08/2018: The Victory of Angélique
She set off at a brisk walk, back to her daughter. Rain was falling. The puddles along the path reflected the whitish sky. A man on horseback overtook her and half turned round in his saddle. It was Maître Gabriel. 'Will you ride pillion with me, Dame Angélique?' A sudden weird feeling swept over her. She saw herself walking along a bumpy road under similar circumstances; a horseman turned towards her and his smile was the smile of Maître Gabriel. 'No,' she heard herself answer after a longish pause. 'I am only your servant-girl, Maître Gabriel. People would talk. ...' 'It's true that we are not on the outskirts of Paris here, on the Charenton road.' The veil was torn aside. La Polak was beside her. Her feet were frozen as they were now. (...) Twelve years had evaporated. The two scenes were side by side, twin situations. Totally forsaken as she had been, she had been momentarily comforted by the stranger's compassionate smile.

(Golon, Sergeanne. Angélique in Revolt. London: Pan Books, 1966, p. 251-252)

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Anne Golon: The portrait of a French writer
Anne Golon was born December 17, 1921, in the port city Toulon in southern France. Although she was baptized as Simone Changeux, she is worldwide known as Anne Golon - this is her last and most famous pseudonym. The article reveals the fateful story of Anne and Serge Golon.

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.

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 charming noblemen of the Royal Court
The duty of the courtiers of Louis XIV, there was not only to hold their office well but also to wear a well-fitted and becoming suit...