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PostPosted: 07 Feb 2016, 14:11 
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Angélique, Marquise of the Angels - Childhood in Monteloup

Here I would like to talk about the very first part of the first book. :agree: :writer:


The description of Angélique's childhood in Poitou has a charm without equal. The fifth child of an impoverished country nobleman, Angélique de Sancé de Monteloup grows up in the Poitou marshlands.

Mid-17th century France: young Louis XIV is struggling for his throne, beggars and thieves haunt Paris and brigands roam the countryside...

http://monteloup.free.fr/angbooks.htm

Fifth child of a impoverished country nobleman, Angélique de Sancé grows up in the Poitou marshlands, a region known as the "Green Venice", halfway between the ocean and the forests. She is a free child, as one with the forest and the marshes, discovering nature's healing secrets with the help of the witch Mélusine. Her logical destiny would be to marry a poor country nobleman, have children and spend her life fighting for a meagre subsistence.

Destiny has other plans in store for her. At 17, on returning from her education in a convent, she finds herself betrothed to the rich count of Toulouse, Joffrey de Peyrac, 12 years her senior, lame, scarred and reputed to be a wizard.

For the sake of her family, Angélique reluctantly agrees to the match but refuses the advances of her husband. Peyrac respects her decision and does not pursue his claim to conjugal rights, wishing rather to seduce than use force.

With the passing of months, Angelique discovers the talents and virtues of her remarkable husband: scientist, musician, philosopher... and to her surprise falls passionately in love with him.


Here a funny part from the book where is Angelique talking to her father about the marriage:


“Good lord, Monsieur D’Andijos is arriving tomorrow!” Cried the baron, greatly exited.
“And who may that be?” Inquired Angelique.
“He is a friend of the Comte. Monsieur d’Andijos is to marry you….
“What, he too?”
“…by proxy, Angelique. Let me finish my sentences, child. The Comte de Peyrac is sending his best friend to represent him at the first marriage ceremony, which will take place here in the chapel of Monteloup. The second marriage blessing will be given in Toulouse.


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Happy childhood. The fifth child of an impoverished country nobleman,
Angélique de Sancé de Monteloup grows up in the Poitou marshlands.


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