1957 - Angélique, The Marquise of the Angels (Angélique, Marquise des Anges)
1958 - Angélique, the road to Versailles (Angélique, le Chemin de Versailles)
1959 - Angélique and the King (Angélique et le Roy)
1960 - Angélique and the Sultan also known as Angélique in Barbary (Indomptable Angélique)
1961 - Angélique in Revolt (Angélique se révolte)
1961 - Angélique in Love (Angélique et son Amour)
1964 - The Countess Angélique (Angélique et le Nouveau Monde)
1966 - The Temptation of Angélique (La Tentation d'Angélique)
1972 - Angélique and the Demon (Angélique et la Démone)
1976 - Angélique and the Ghosts (Angélique et le Complot des Ombres)
1980 - Angélique à Québec (not translated yet)
1984 - Angélique, la Route de l'Espoir (not translated yet)
1985 - La Victoire d'Angélique (not translated yet)
Other books by Anne Golon (not translated)
- Master Kouki
- Le caillou d'or
- Alerte au Tchad
- La caisse de Limba
- Au pays de derrière mes yeux
- La patrouille des Saints Innocents
Other books by Anne and Serge Golon (not translated)
- Le coeur des bêtes sauvages
Other books by Serge Golon (not translated)
- Le cadeau de Riza Khan
- Angélique, The Marquise of the Angels
- Angélique, the Road to Versailles
- Angélique and the King
- Angélique and the Sultan (aka Angélique in Barbary)
- Angélique in Revolt
- The Countess Angélique
- The temptation of Angélique
- Angélique and the Demon
- Angélique and the Ghosts
Angélique, The Marquise of the Angels
Mid-17th century France: young Louis XIV is struggling for his throne, beggars and thieves haunt Paris and brigands roam the countryside...
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.
But Joffrey's unusual way of life is threatened by the ambitions of the Archbishop of Toulouse –and soon arouses the jealousy of the young king himself, Louis XIV. Joffrey is arrested and charged with sorcery.
Angélique will single-handedly take on the might of the royal court and, survive murder and poison attempts on herself in a supreme effort to save Joffrey from the stake –to no avail...
Instinctively, her whole being intent on revenge and her determination to survive, Angélique, alone and desperate, plunges into the darkness of the Paris underworld...
Wonderfully researched and written by Anne and Serge Golon, Angélique is an intricately woven tapestry of factual and fictional characters, recreating a world so vivid that the reader is enveloped in the scent of 17th century French history. Once having read "The Marquise of the Angels" there is no other choice than to continue to the end and experience the pain and pleasure of this unique fresco.
Angélique, the Road to Versailles
This is the second book of the Angélique series which has been reprinted in a large print collector's edition. One can only hope that the trend continues, as it would be a real crime if this marvelous series were to be essentially lost to future generations.
In this book, Angélique, following the death of her first husband, finds herself struggling for her and her children's very existence. Without totally giving away the story, suffice it to say that the strength of her character allows her to pull herself from the gutters of Paris to the brink of the throne of Louis XIV. How she does it is a fascinating story.
I have always found it somewhat irritating that this series is usually, in my opinion, misclassified as "romance." There most certainly is that element, but a much better categorization would be "historical fiction." Indeed, much of my knowledge of the Louis XIV era comes initially from my having read these books. The way that Anne Golon interweaves fiction with real history is one of the amazing things about not only this book, but the rest of the series as well.
One last thing. Angélique fans from years ago when the books were widely available might be interested to know that a chapter which was missing from the original English translation was added back. It is very interesting to note the completely different writing style of that chapter as compared with that of the remainder of the book.
Angélique and the King
The sequel to "Angélique: The Road to Versailles" begins with Angélique's complex relationship with her second husband and cousin, Philippe du Plessis-Bellière, and ends with her ascendency to the title of favorite of King Louis XIV. Her relationship with the King is clouded with the knowledge that Louis years before had ordered the execution of her first husband, Joffrey de Peyrac, whom she loved dearly. I will not give away the story, as the climax is one of the great scenes in the entire series. Here again, Anne Golon's talent for mixing history and fiction shines through. The court of Louis XIV is portrayed with vivid accuracy. The reader ends up feeling that he or she really gets to know the characters, be they historical or fictional. This book has been out of print for decades, and is a real treasure for anyone's collection.
Angélique and the Sultan (aka Angélique in Barbary)
At the end of "Angélique and the King", Angélique decides to pursue an unknown destiny - she has part of the key to the lock, but not all of it... at the start of Angélique and the Sultan she discovers ever more tasty morsels. Well, actually those morsels are for us the reader - eager to know more, but even with the surprises and little hints that we get we are still left with not a bowl of water to quench our thirst, but a colander with the water slowly yet inexorably seeping away! Aaaah! yes, it's all worthy of a scream of frustration - the desire to know more, the carrots being dangled. Then peace and tranquillity dawn once more, the authors weave their magic by taking us away from the frustrations and thrusting us into the peaceful and romantic nature of calm sea waters and blissful colours and smells emanating from the mysterious near-east - until that is the new adventure begins. We have to put our clues on hold and follow the madness with which our heroine has become entangled - we fear only for her safety, everything else can wait. But we get a few more clues at one point - clues which are so obvious we decide not to set too much store by them as they are obviously red herrings! This book, like its successors, speeds you along wanting to get to the next chapter of this overwhelming adventure that has a long way to run yet.
Angélique in Revolt
To say this book is all about rape, pillage murder and derring-do would be putting it down unmercifully. The fact that there is such a mixture of these components makes it a fascinating if disturbing read. As with the rest of the series, I am re-reading this book with as much anticipation as the first time round - I expect it's my age - but I was convinced I knew the books inside out and on re-reading find that I have forgotten many of the subleties the authors weave so skillfully. As usual this chapter of the series has left me spent emotionally - the book spans between 3-4 years, and even reading it as fast as I did I could feel that time-span. No, not because time was dragging but because if all those events had taken place in the week it took me to read the book, then firstly the reader would sneer and say it's not physically possible and secondly it would not have made the dramatic impact intended. Another facet of the authors magic is the moving around of the central character in as many diverse situations as is possible, raising to unimaginable heights and frightening lows with the knowledge that she is as sure-footed as the cat which proverbially lands on its feet.
The first book of the series spanned Angélique's formative years, in "Road to Versailles" there was a much shorted time-span of 1-2 years, in King the action lasts for several years, in Sultan barely a year and in this book we are looking at 3-4 years. Funny, each book is about the same length in pages!
This book also shows an entirely different facet to Angélique's character - her utter and absolute vulnerability. Up to yet, she has been invincible, despite everything or perhaps in spite of everything that she had previously undergone. Here she experiences the worst degradation a woman can undergo and loses her greatest remaining treasure, her son and heir to the Plessis estate, in the worst possible circumstances. In his place she is delivered of a bastard daughter who reminds her of everything that is worst in life - does she reject her? Yes, of course she does, it's a gut reaction - it's human nature, but less than a week later, our heroine rescues this child and despite all the contradictions going on around her and all the reasons for not wanting to bond with this reminder of her shame, Angélique takes to her child with abandon and allows her to become a part of herself in a way she had never been able to achieve with her sons.
From Poitou rebel to Puritan servant Angélique dons the mask of anonimity until a series of chance mishaps bring her face to face with Desgrez - the man from the past. I do admire how the authors manage to bring back previous characters as if they had just left the room to run an errand. At the start of this book we are re-acquainted for a short while with a playmate of Angélique - Valentine, now a miller, at the end we come across not only Desgrez but also the mystery pirate - Rescator. And so to the teasing part of the book - I mentioned at the end of my review of Angélique and the King that she had bitten the hand that tried to feed her - she has managed in this book to elude the king - although there is a delicious moment in the heat of battle when she sends him a message saying "Trifle wishes to be remembered kindly" - how about that for rubbing salt into wounds? Revenge tactics with Rescator are not so easy - she cost him a pretty penny in Candia (Angélique and the Sultan/Barbary)- and it is him she has to seek out to help her and her friends to escape.
Rescator the enigmatic, agile as a monkey (now where have I read that before? -surely when Joffrey was fighting a duel for her and his agility was remarked on in spite of his terrible diability). Rescator who hides his face ("they" reckon because he has terrible scars - now where have I read that before?). Rescator who favours wearing black - OK not much of a clue. Rescator who is known as a Sorceror (now where have I heard that before? - who was it who was burned at the stake as a Sorceror?). Rescator who walks without a limp and is sure-footed on the boards of his ship - oh bother, doesn't that just throw the whole equation out of the window - it doesn't add up does it? The voice is pretty disappointing too, apparently it is very gravelly. But what about the sarcasm? The cutting thrusts, the knowledge and curiosity he has about this woman who is destined to meet him again - Osman Faraji said so - and he was a seer. OK - so, I'm about to read the next stage of this heady and intoxicating series - nothing is going to stop me now .... how about you?
The Countess Angélique
Shakespeare said it first, Aldous Huxley borrowed it and wrote a fantastic (in its literal sense) novel - Angélique is about to experience all the wonders that the New World has to offer. At last, after all this time the Count and Countess de Peyrac have the opportunity of being together as man and wife, last experienced by them for so short a time in "Marquise of the Angels".
This book starts deceptively, it heralds the safe arrival, across the treacherous ocean, of a united family. Wife finds husband, husband finds new daughter, mother re-unites with sons, one of whom she thought dead. The makings of happiness of a delirious nature - it doesn't last long, there would be no story if it did. First of all, there is the matter of two adults who have not seen each other for 15 years needing to re-establish a norm. Too many pre-conceived ideas that have not yet been explained. Then there is a child whose past is not clearly defined, but for the sake of the mother who is devoted to the child, Joffrey de Peyrac accepts this independent being, so desperate for a father, as her own.
We move on to experience the wonders of the New World in vivid description, colours jump out of the printed page, smells surround the reader. But, not all is new - the sinister undercurrent of the Old World manifests itself from a distance and hearsay - a Jesuit, a man unknown to them is waging his own private persecution of the Peyracs, the circle is complete. Now, not only do the Peyracs have to fight to survive in the most literal sense, hostile natives, the long, long winter and the loss of their meagre supplies -but also the invisible menace of the Inquisition. Plenty of food for thought and more "trailers" of things to come as references are made to what is happening in Québec, morsels of information about kidnappings and the build-up of relationships with the Chieftains who will in due course play a large part in their lives - the adventure continues apace.
The temptation of Angélique
Hardly a moment to gasp as Angélique launches herself across 17th Century Maine, propelled by misinformation and separated from her beloved husband into peril - indian ambush, capture, escape, shipwreck, encounters with buccaneers, and finally an old flame from the past.
In spite of resisting temptation - just -, Angélique finds herself estranged from her husband through treachery and plots by her enemies.
But character and true love overcome the obstacles, only for a new and dangerous development at the end of the book to put a fly in the ointment and leave the reader hanging out to find out what happens next.
Yet another masterpiece.
Angélique and the Demon
The 8th book in a compelling saga chronicling the life of Angélique, born into impoverished, but devout Catholic nobility. The 5th child of the de Sancé enters the world a year before the birth of Louis XIV whose influence will shape her eventual destiny and link her to him from the moment she marries Joffrey, Count of Toulouse.
Angélique, child of the Poitou marshes, is at one with nature, embracing unquestioningly all its mystical and healing powers.
Without realising her destiny, Angélique is already forging links with the supernatural, links which will help her to survive when she is exposed to the Demon –Ambroisine de Maudribourg.
Ambroisine, child of Satanic ritual, is the embittered product of a clandestine relationship between Priest and Poisoner, imbued with all the inherent cruelty that can only be fostered by such a union.
Ambroisine, the predator, brings with her all the malevolence of the Old World, of the Kingdom of France, from which the principals had endeavoured to escape. She mesmerises her prey, sets families and friends apart and sews seeds of doubt in beliefs previously held inviolate. She lives to "divide and conquer" –her ultimate goal: to destroy the community which has strived so hard to survive.
Pitting two such forces against each other, in the untouched and unspoilt setting of their "Brave New World" inevitably escalates into the unavoidable confrontation of good against evil.
The authors weave so intricate a plot that it is difficult to avoid the tendrils that insinuate themselves into the readers consciousness. An exhausting exercise best served by wallowing in its consummate artistry and permitting oneself to be drawn into the inevitable spiral of suspense from which there is a long climb back into the light. But, can anyone be sure that there is a safe haven at the conclusion of this chapter?
As with the preceding and succeeding books in this series, one can never be quite sure if the subject of the moment has truly been concluded or whether somehow, somewhere, when least expected it might just, once more creep up from nowhere... and overwhelm the readers senses with delight, despair and hope.
Angélique and the Ghosts
A more complex book than its predecessor (Angélique and the Demon, which was pure adrenaline), Angélique and the Ghosts sees shadowy figures from her past appearing, perhaps by chance, perhaps through the influence of shadowy influences from mother France.
Who is pulling the strings, and why? Are they friends or enemies, or both? How will Angélique's old relationships and new-found friends affect the mission to make peace with the administration of New France in Quebec?
The subtle interplay of the various relationships almost disguises the fact that the book contains a great deal of action. Unlike the previous book, which came to a conclusion of soirts, while opening up beginnings, this book is full of beginnings.
At the end, you are gripped by the characters, and eager to learn what happens next - and I STILL DON'T KNOW - 20 years after I first read this book - because the next three books haven't been translated into English.
The minute I finished this book for the first time, I knew there would be a sequel, and that it would be called Angélique in Québec. It took me 15 years to find it, and when I did, it was in French.
It still sits on my bookshelf, loved but unread. I can't wait for the day, surely to come soon, when it and its two sequels are finally translated into English.
- Colbert and Trévise (16 covers)
- France Loisirs (12 covers)
- Jean-Claude Lattès / Hachette (12 covers)
- J'ai Lu: page 1 (11 covers), page 2 (10 covers), page 3 (14 covers)
- Australia (3 covers)
- Brazil (3 covers)
- Canada (1 cover)
- Czech Republic (5 covers)
- Estonia (3 covers)
- Finland (13 covers)
- Germany - page 1 (13 covers), page 2 (10 covers), page 3 (10 covers), page 4 (10 covers)
- Hungary (11 covers)
- Israel (1 cover)
- Italy (5 covers)
- Japan (5 covers)
- Netherlands (4 covers)
- Portugal (21 covers)
- Russia (8 covers)
- Spain (7 covers)
- Sweden (3 covers)
- Switzerland - illustrations, pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
- United Kingdom: Heinemann (9 covers), Pan Books (28 covers), others (2 covers)
- United States: Bantam (16 + 13 covers), others (6 covers)