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February 7, 2016 Linda Compagnoni Walther

With deep regret I must inform you that our dearest Juliette, our beloved author, passed away on February 7, 2016 in Saint-Mandé . She died quietly in her sleep, her dear daughter Anne at her side!

She was in her 96th year and for over 50 years has taught us so much about history, entertaining us with its beautiful characters with whom we loved and suffered!
She leaves us 86 gems to read and re-read with as much pleasure.

For me she was more than my preferred author, she had my friend Frédérique and me adopted, and called us her « filles des grands chemins ». I am going to miss her more than I can express in words... All my thoughts are with Anne her daughter.

Paris, February 8, 2016
beautiful letter by Vincent Meylan...

Well-known French journalist, historian and writer Vincent Meylan, of such books as « Queen's jewels » or
« Christies: The Jewellery Archives revealed » had been a close friend of Juliette Benzoni.
He had sent my friend Frédérique (webmaster of the bibliojbenzoni Blog) and myself such a beautiful  message, (see his article in
Vue de Point) I am still very touched by his personal message to me...Judge for yourself...!

Dear Linda.
Writing so many articles about Juliette and her books has been one of the great pleasures of my life. I was 15 when I discovered her books and they have never left me since. Point de Vue is paying its respects to Juliette next Wednesday in an article that I have written. I hope you will recognize yourself in it. The best definition I could give of Juliette is very simple: She just had an amazing talent. Being one of the very few journalists who has followed her during so many years, I think I can say this. The articles that other journalists could, and should have, written during all these years, would never have been so intense and affectionate, than what I have read on your Facebook pages and websites since the beginning of this week. It is you Linda, and all the readers of Juliette in the world who have written the best articles about her. You have read her and loved her. Nothing else matters.
Je vous embrasse and I hope we are able to meet one day soon. To talk about Juliette again and again.
Vincent Meylan

Dear Linda.
 I so understand how dreadful these days must have been for both of you. So many of us feel the loss of Juliette tonight. I know this is something very personal to say, but maybe it will help you a bit. I have decided a long time ago that I would never accept that someone is dead. I just live with it. I do not think people are ever dead. I keep dead people, which I love with me, always - this is quite easy to do in Juliette’s case. Yesterday evening I started reading again
Catherine and I so love it. I am so thankful to Juliette for having written such amazing books, which always take me to a place I enjoy so much. Juliette is not gone. You just have to open one of her books to be close to her. Try it.

I remember so well the first time you came to see Juliette. She was a bit anxious. What do you think they want to ask me? She would say. And then, immediately, she loved you both so much. You made her really very happy. You were the ones who made her understand that she did not need to care about the fact that so many journalists ignored her. You brought her the love of her readers and that is all that mattered. I am sending you my private email address by private message and needless to say, I would be very happy to meet both of you whenever you want.
Je vous embrasse très amicalement and do not forget to read a few pages of one of Juliette’s book tonight.




Why a Catherine de Montsalvy Website ?

September 10, 2008 - text by Linda webmaster

I am very happy to present you the « Catherine de Montsalvy website » in English and French - the website with also information about the 86 books by Juliette Benzoni. At the same time many extra pages about the four TV-Series, filmed after Juliette's books by acclaimed director Dame Marion Sarraut : Marianne, une étoile pour Napoléon - Catherine, il suffit d'un amour - Le Gerfaut - La Florentine. 

The Catherine series were published in over 30 countries.
55 million readers worldwide - 300 million books sold - translated into more than 30 languages !
The reason for this Website is easy to explain – I always adored Juliette Benzoni's first historical series Catherine. Written with so much knowledge of precise historical facts and with
Juliette Benzoni's incredible narrative style, her fictive characters seem to come alive during reading! Who can ever forget the touching moment when Arnaud de Montsalvy had to go to the valley of Calves, leaving behind his wife and little baby son? Her unforgettable friends like Sara, Jean de XaintraillesGauthier Stronghitarm, Barnaby, Jacques Coeur or Queen Yolande of the four Kingdoms?
The first five books were written when our lives were not yet so hurried and stressed, at a time when people still loved to read a good romantic book with a beautiful heroine and a brave and handsome hero! There were no video-recorders, no cell phones, no iPads and certainly no Internet.
The Catherine-Series were translated into more than 25 languages and they have over thirty-five million readers beyond France to Iceland, Brazil, Israel, Poland, Germany, Italy, Finland, Russia, to list only a few.

I had read the first of the Catherine books: Catherine, One Love is Enough over 40 years ago. I fell immediately in love with the heroine and her almost impossible dream of becoming Arnaud de Montsalvy's beloved wife. Like millions of fellow readers, I waited year after year for the next book to be published! Unfortunately not all countries seemed to feel obligated to Juliette's faithful readers to translate the last of the books. I know from the letters I receive that there are thousands upon thousands of readers throughout the world who were led to believe that the series ended with A Snare for Catherine!
My dream is that one day with my help the last of the Series La Dame de Montsalvy shall be translated in English and many more Countries who had also not translated the Catherine Novels !
While I was re-reading the books the idea came to me to create a website dedicated to my beloved story and favourite author Juliette Benzoni, and also take the opportunity to give a summary of the seventh book La Dame de Montsalvy which has so far never been translated into English and many other languages. My sister LaLuna/Evelyne has a special talent for graphics, and by luck shared my passion for Catherine.  Together we spent months building the first Catherine de Montsalvy website, which has evolved over the years into the one you see today.
One important aspect I would like to mention! For those of you who have never read the Catherine books but were introduced to Catherine through the TV-Series Catherine, Il suffit d'un amour, I follow mainly the seven books and not the TV-Series! By no means does this imply that I do not love the Television production by the sublime
Marion Sarraut. I adore it more than I like to admit! The chosen actors have all my admiration for their performances in the 60 episodes which premiered in 1986. Claudine Ancelot as our heroine "Catherine " was utterly adorable.  So too was Pierre-Marie Escourrou as "Arnaud de Montsalvy", her only reason to breathe. But the books come first for me, and they have my priority on this site.
So, do not be surprised if you hear me talk about
Gauthier Stronghitarm, Loyse, sister of Catherine, or Landry instead of Barnaby! Thank you for your understanding.  Books or TV-series, we all share the same passion, after all.

One last word I like to mention ! The Catherine de Montsalvy website has not been inspired by any other website concerning the Catherine Book Series. The idea was born in 2000 when I first went ONLINE and noticed there was nothing to be found about my heroine Catherine the way I saw it.

I bid you welcome to my journey of rediscovery, and to share in Catherine's long road to happiness.

(Mistral, was my nickname when I created the Catherine website)



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