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 31, 2020: Robert Hossein passed away
On Thursday, December 31, 2020, the actor and director Robert Hossein, who had celebrated his 93rd birthday the day before, left for the heaven of artists. The readers of novel Angélique know him due to his cast in role of Joffrey de Peyrac in the movies by Bernard Borderie.

December 17, 2020: Birthday of Anne Golon
This day, we commemorate the 99th 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.

December 12, 2017: Concert for Anne Golon
In honor of Anne Golon there was held the concert and a festive evening called "Angélique, the Marquise of the Organ" 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 from the series l'Intégrale is released by the publishing house Archipoche (Paris). All readers hope the publisher will continue with issues of this series.

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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
Marie-Agnès's convalescence proceeded satisfactorily at the Hôtel de Beautreillis. The young girl, however, remained ailing and in low spirits. She seemed to have forgotten her crystalline Iaughter which had enchanted the Court, and displayed only the demanding and impulsive side of her nature. In the beginning, she evinced no gratitude whatsoever for Angélique's kindness. But as her sister regained her strength, Angélique availed hersetf of the first opportunity to box her ears soundly. Thereafter Marie-Agnès declared that Angélique was the only woman with whom she could ever get on. With coaxing grace she would nestle close to her sister on winter evenings when they lingered by the fireside, playing a mandolin or doing some embroidery. They would exchange their impressions of the persons they both knew, and as each had a sharp tongue and a quick wit they sometimes laughed uproariously at their sallies.

(Golon, Sergeanne. Angélique. The Road to Versailles. London: Pan Books, 1966, p. 290)

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Philippe du Plessis-Bellière: The Study of the character
The character of Philippe du Plessis-Bellière is extremely fascinating, original and complex but, precisely because of its diversity and contradictory nature, it has often been misunderstood or misinterpreted.

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 fashion of the Sun King period
The clothes, accessories, makeup and hairstyles of the French courtiers were so exceptional that they have become an inspiration throughout Europe very soon. Winter and summer seasons were alternated at least just as fast as today.

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.

Various quizzes and tests on topics related to Angélique
Here you can find the diverse fun quizzes for variety of topics. For example, about the books, the movies or different periods. The purpose of the test is only the pure entertainment, so do not be afraid if your knowledge are not perfect.