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Angelique: The Road to Versailles | Anne Golon, Sergeanne Golon
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For Angelique 17th century Paris is a city of wild love and hatred. Penniless and alone, and sworn to take vengeance on those who sent her husband to the stake, she plunges into the dangerous underworld of the city. Then she must make her way to the glittery court of Louis, the Sun-King himself.
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Angelique: The Road to Versailles | Anne Golon, Sergeanne Golon
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Angelique. It's a book saga, it's a series of awful, awful misogynistic French films all written by men. When Anne found out about the scripts she was appalled. The book covers on French are very different. From the paperback editions I read as a teen to the one we now have on the shelves at my library, with only Anne's name on the cover. I did made sure to buy the new editions for the library. Alas, not all the titles were reedited.

TrishB I read these in my teens too 😁 loved them. 2y
LeahBergen I love seeing the old covers for these! Thank you. 😘 2y
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Day 6 of #20Series20Days.

I started collecting this French historical series about the 17th-century vixen, Angelique, many years ago. There are 13 books in total but only the first 10 have ever been translated into English.

Aren‘t the covers fabulous? 😂😂 The Bantam paperback covers from the 1970s are even racier. 😂


MsMelissa I have the first book in pb and the style is similar, although a little more Harlequinesque 😂 I really must read it, especially since you like it. 2y
LeahBergen @Book_Fiend_Melissa They‘re very old-fashioned but I think it just adds to their charm. 😆 2y
Ruthiella Excellent covers! Pure pulp. ❤️ 2y
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MsMelissa I just had a look at my copy of the first book. It‘s Bantom circa the ‘70s, but it isn‘t the cover I thought I had. It‘s just a picture of a blond woman who isn‘t even that scantily clad. I‘m a little disappointed 😂 2y
Andrew65 Looks like a good choice. 2y
AlaMich Never heard of these, but they look like they‘re a hoot! 2y
writerlibrarian The story behind these is really something Anne Golon fought for most of her life to get her copyright that her editor took away from her. She wrote the books. They made movies and the actor who played Joffrey somehow got the rights from Hachette. She finally got her rights back in the late 2000s and published new editions at the age of 95. (edited) 2y
CarolynM They look fabulous. Thanks for the backstory @writerlibrarian 2y
JamieArc Oooh. I‘m intrigued! 2y
emilyhaldi Will you never run out of amazing covers to share?! 🤩 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Very cool! Loving your top series you‘re sharing! 😘 2y
quietjenn These look amazing! 2y
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Aren‘t they? 😆 2y
LeahBergen @Book_Fiend_Melissa Drat. Well, look at some of the others further along in the series. I think Angelique and the Sultan gets pretty S&M-ey looking. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @Andrew65 You might like them. 😄 2y
LeahBergen @AlaMich They are. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @writerlibrarian Yes! And wasn‘t there a thing about the name? Serge was her husband but didn‘t really have anything to do with the writing of the books ... and yet the early ones were published with the amalgamation of their names (Sergeanne)? They were later (correctly) published under Anne‘s name. So fascinating. Have you read any of them? I was hoping one of my French-speaking friends would chime in! 😘 2y
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes, the publishing story for these is pretty fascinating! And a little more👆🏻 2y
LeahBergen @JamieArc They are some good old-fashioned historical fiction. 😊 2y
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi Ha! These are pretty good, aren‘t they? 😆 2y
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm Aww, thank you! 😘😘 2y
LeahBergen @quietjenn They are really quite good! And actually have quite a large fandom. 😆 2y
batsy The covers are fab! I appreciate the context; thanks @writerlibrarian 💜 2y
writerlibrarian @LeahBergen Serge was a Russian journalist, he did a lot of the research for the books. Since it was the 1950s France was and still is is very much a man's world in the literary publishing world, hence both the names on the books, like the Claudine series Colette wrote but her husband Willy got his name on. Some titles in French are almost impossible to find. I have a cache of them to replace copies at the library. 2y
writerlibrarian @LeahBergen I read them when I was 15, 16 years old. In French there are no almost purple prose. They are good, somewhat dramatic historical novels. My favorite parts of the series is the timeline is the road to Versailles see I'm not a Joffrey fan but a Philippe fan. 2y
writerlibrarian Here's a link to articles about the whole Angelique world. https://www.worldofangelique.com/all-posts/ 2y
andrew61 Wow love those covers. 2y
LeahBergen @writerlibrarian It made me think of Colette, too! And I preferred the earlier books in the series, as well. Thanks so much for all the extra information. Are they still being frequently read at your library? 2y
LeahBergen @batsy @andrew61 They‘re quite something, aren‘t they? 😆 2y
Cathythoughts Oh stop ! These are brilliant ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m partial to the Sultan cover. 😆😆 2y
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💝 Angélique and Jeoffrey de Peyrac 🇫🇷
💝 Pink rose and carnation, and chrysanthemum, and hydrangea, and daisy, and sunflower,... I don't have a favorite flower, I love all the flowers, especially if they are presented with love! 🌷🌸🌹🌺🌻🏵💐
💝 Chocolate 🍫
💝 Happy Valentine's day everyone! 💕💕💕
#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn 😘

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 4y
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I have to repost this in light of Leah's #spinepoetry totally playing to my first head-over-heals book love😎. Don't forget my spine poetry contest ends at the stroke of midnight tomorrow!

LeahBergen 😘😘😘 5y
laytonwoman3rd I loved Angelique...so hard to find these days! 5y
Sydsavvy @laytonwoman3rd yay, @LeahBergen we found another! I will confess, I have this wild dream of producing and narrating an audio of the book. 🤔👱‍♀️ 5y
LeahBergen @Sydsavvy @laytonwoman3rd Yay! Another Angelique fan. An audiobook is an amazing idea; you should definitely do it! 5y
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Ahem... I present a pseudo-erotic bit of #SpinePoetry, personalized for @Sydsavvy and her love of Angelique. 😆

Your Visit to Versailles:

Angelique and the king
Among the shadows.
One pair of hands heading south...
Whose panties are these,
Falling slowly?

shanebeth 😂 5y
ValerieAndBooks Haha! Great 🙌 👏!! 5y
AmandaL Brava! 5y
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LauraBrook This is excellent! 5y
saresmoore Absolutely love it! 5y
Simona 😂😂😂👏👏👏Great little night nocturne. Love it 😍 5y
DeborahSmall Fantastic 😂😂 5y
MayJasper Splendid 😁 5y
My_novel_obsession Awesome!!!! 5y
mcipher Love it!! 👍 5y
ReadingEnvy Haha 💃 5y
Jess_Read_This 😂🙈Brilliant! 5y
Sydsavvy That's so great!!! And so appropriate! Go Angelique!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻👱‍♀️ ❣️❣️❣️😂😂😂😂 (edited) 5y
Wife Good one!👏🏻 @Kelican17 5y
rubyslippersreads I never thought I'd see L. M Montgomery and panties in the same post. 😂 5y
elkeOriginal This might be the first poem I have ever enjoyed 👏👏 5y
batsy I'm tickled that elegant Anita was roped in for this bawdy poem 😂 👏👏👏 5y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh my goodness! 😂Love it 👏🏼 5y
Chachic 😂😂👌👌 5y
OSChamberlain 😏😏😏 5y
readordierachel Genius! 5y
shawnmooney Jeepers – this one almost slipped by me! 😘😘👏👏👏 5y
Moray_Reads Best spine poetry ever! 5y
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#FunFridayPhoto. It's a repost but true. This was my first adult novel, pilfered off of Mom's shelf and no regrets! Angelique, starting my love affair with all things French and helping me know that, while I might want a man, I could definitely survive on my own. Move over Louis IVX, Angelique rules the day. @Liberty 💃💃💃🇫🇷

LeahBergen Yeah! 💗 6y
Texreader @Sydsavvy Looks awesome! 6y
Sydsavvy @LeahBergen there have to be more of us out here. @Texreader my book club and their husbands are still thanking me. It's a bit hot like 6y
LeahBergen I know! You are the only other one out there that I know. Ha! 6y
Sydsavvy @LeahBergen I know quite a few, they just haven't found Litsy yet. They need to hurry on up. 6y
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Happy Bastille Day!

Sydsavvy You've got the hard covers! ❤️❤️❤️ 6y
LeahBergen And that cover art is pretty awesome, isn't it @Sydsavvy ?? 6y
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Sydsavvy It is! Mine are pretty cool, too. I'll take a picture of more of them so you can see what mine looks like. Don't you agree with me that these books need to be republished? So good! 6y
LeahBergen Most definitely @Sydsavvy . And yes, post a pic of your covers, please! 6y
Sydsavvy Ok I tagged you! ⚜⚜⚜ 6y
Karen47 I love this series. At one point had them all but lent them out. Now I only have a few.‘ Also love Anya Seaton, she wrote Katherine. Great book. 5y
LeahBergen @Karen47 It sounds like you will have to start collecting Angelique again 😄 Anya Seton is another of my old favourites! 5y
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Fun Friday Pic-Pilfered from mom's stack, this is a revolutionary feminist manifesto hidden (in the 60s), as a romance and just awesome story. It changed my life. It gave me wanderlust, is the reason I traveled to France, and is one of the reasons of me. Publishers, please reprint!

Sydsavvy I see you @Happy 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6y
Sydsavvy Welcome to LITSY @Mandan! 6y
LeahBergen Oh, Angelique! Soooo good. I just posted about these books today (which is how I found your pic!) 6y
Sydsavvy @LeahBergen finally! I knew there had to be some fans out there! 6y
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