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Au-revoir my dearest friend Juliette
beautiful souvenir from one of my many visits to
Juliette's home at Saint-Mandé
February 7, 2016 Linda Compagnoni Walther
With deep regret
I must inform you that
on February 7, 2016 in
in her sleep,
at her side!
in her 96th
for over 50
taught us so
we loved and suffered!
to read and
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
Paris, February 8, 2016
beautiful letter by
Well-known French journalist,
historian and writer
Vincent Meylan, of such
books as « Queen's jewels
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...!
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.
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
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
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
Je vous embrasse très
amicalement and do not forget to read a few pages of one of Juliette’s
a Catherine de Montsalvy Website
10, 2008 -
text by Linda webmaster
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
The Catherine series were published in over 30
55 million readers
worldwide - 300 million books sold - translated into
more than 30 languages !
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 Xaintrailles,
Gauthier 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
sister of Catherine, or Landry instead of Barnaby!
Thank you for your understanding. Books or
TV-series, we all share the same passion, after
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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