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Angelique: The Marquise of the Angels (Paragon Softcover Large Print Books) Paperback – Large Print, August 1, 1996

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Paragon Softcover Large Print Books
  • Paperback: 820 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C (August 1, 1996)
  • ISBN-10: 074513727X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745137278
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,273,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Fuchsia on July 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've just discovered the Angelique series(reading Angelique in Barbery just this minute) and I cannot believe such a brilliant series is out of print in the USA! Angelique:The Marquise of Angels is the first book of this series, and is about the childhood and first marriage of one of literatures greatest heroines, Angelique. The copy I read was actually an old library copy of it, and it was titled Angelique and combined this book and Road to Versailles as one. The Angelique books are excellent historical fiction and both Golons(Anne and Serge) were born storytellers. The Marquise of Angels is my favorite book of the series so far. Its really brought to life a time period I knew very little about, 1600s France. This book has everything. Intrigue,suspense,romance,action,wonderful historical detail,great and memorable characters, the works. I also love how Golon brings to life historical figures. Theres so many memorable scenes in just this one book, my favorite scene is probably Angelique and the poison(I won't give it away!) Like another reviewer has said, it is definitly a very cool scene. I just can't understand why these books are out of print, they are quality fiction! Theres 63 reviews for this book on Amazon, alot of books that are in print don't get that many! And all of them are positive five star reviews too! I know they did put the first 2 books in print again a few years ago, as special large print editions but alot of people(myself included) don't like large print. If only they would put the whole series out again(regular print) and get the last three books translated, I'd be a happy camper...
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
My Mother grew up in the Netherlands watching the TV series, reading the books, and watching the movies. She loved the series so much that she named me Angelique Michelle. I have also watched the movies and I love them, even though I can't understand them because we have them in French. I have tried finding the novels through our library, but they only have the first book of the series. I wish I could read all of them, but they are so incredibly hard to find. The Angelique books are a great read for anyone looking for an interesting and historical novel. I recommend it to anyone.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "dhyatim" on August 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My father and I used to fight over who could read the latest Angelique book first when I was 14 and 15. My poor elder sister had to wait her turn after either of us were through. My father and I liked the series so much, we made sure we gave each other Angelique books as birthday dan x-mas presents. I'm Indonesian, and in the late 60s and early 70s imported books were hard to come by. Our family used to buy up indiscriminately any book we found in English. As it is, it's only after I opened Amazon.com that I've found out there were more than nine Angelique books in all. I've read the first seven over and over again, but have never seen "The Jesuit Trap" nor "Gold Beard's Downfall". "The Marquise of the Angels" is positively my most favourite book in all my reading life. Unfortunately, somebody borrowed my copy many, many years ago, and I've never found a replacement. I wrote to Pan Books, I rummage through second-hand book carts wherever I find them, all to no avail. The Angelique character, to my mind, is a proto-feminist. She never yielded to feminine stereotyping, and always did her 'own thing', regardless of society's disapproval. I do believe that her character made a huge impact on myself. The other outstanding book in the series is "Angelique and the Sultan" in which there are great passages comparing Islamic and western philosophy. In this age of misunderstanding in the west about Islam, I think reprinting this one particular book would be an enormous contribution to the discussion. There are other passages in "Angelique in Love" quoted by Joffrey de Peyrac which shows diligent research by Serge and Anne Golon on comparative religion, albeit still stilted towards western Christian argument.Read more ›
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Although romance plays a major role, there is so much more to Angelique's story that to categorize the series as "Romance" does not do it justice. The series is historical fiction at its best. The authors, (husband and wife team of Serge and Ann)succeed in transporting the reader to seventeenth century France by vividly describing the backdrop of our heroine's life from a poverty stricken childhood in Monteloup to triumph at Versailles. Through our heroine, we are introduced to the institutions, intrigue, challenges and joys of the times, including the fabulous court of the Sun King and its many personages.
A sincere thank you to the authors for the meticulous research that made this series of novels true classics, and for inspiring generations of young people to pursue further study of that colorful period.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read the series 4 times and am now on the fifth, only this time reading it to my husband out loud while we drive. He is as captivated as I and we now look forward to long trips (Hint: this is NOT just a read for gals). I first discovered Angelique in the library 30 years ago. She quite literally saved my life during a very troubled childhood. She remains my greatest role model to this day. Her spiritual growth during the span of the story is sublime, the historical background is fascinating, the scientific and philosophical details are brilliant and meticulously researched. The content was so ahead of it's time, written as it was in the 1950's - timeless. What can I say? These books have changed my life. They are as fresh and exciting with each re-reading as they were the first time. I'm going to take the plunge and learn French just so I can find out what happens after Book 9! Angelique and Joffrey Live!!
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