image : name book cover 


photo of author Juliette Benzoni
Juliette BENZONI
30.10.1920 - 7.2.2016
First published
1964 in Germany by Blanvalet:
Herbig, Deutscher Bücherbund, Büchergilde Gutenberg, Rororro (first paperbacks) Bertelsmann Verlag, Kaiser-Verlag, Lingen-Verlag, Goldmann-Verlag,  Naumann Gobel, Ullstein

translated by :
Hans Nicklisch, Egon Strohm

do not miss the Biography of Juliette

do not miss to see the Press page →  here
see also the French book cover page
back to International book covers
page → here


27 out of 86 books by Juliette Benzoni  translated into German so far:



Cathérine (7 novels)
Marianne (6 novels)
Nebelfalke (4 novels)
Napoleone (3 novels)
Fiora (4 novels but only the first two books translated !)

Marjolaine, Weg der Versuchung (1 Novel)

Short Novels:
Die Krone war ihr Schicksal
Von zwei Rosen die Eine
Die Frauen war ihr Schicksal
Kavaliere der Nacht
Die Liebe war ihr Schicksal

Catherine, il suffit d'un amour (7 novels)
Marianne, une étoile pour Napoléon (6 novels)
Le Gerfaut
, Le Gerfaut des Brumes (4 novels)
Les loups de Lauzargues (3 novels)
La Florentine (4 novels)

Un aussi long chemin ( 1 novel)

Short Novels:
Les Reines tragiques (1962)
Par le fer ou le poison (1973)
Le sang, le gloire et l'amour (1974)
Trois seigneurs de la nuit (1978)
Die Liebe war ihr Schicksal (1978)

 It is now 11 years (2008) ago that I launched this website and to my great joy I can confirm that England  and Serbia are re-issuing the Catherine Series.


Update May 2017
An article I translated from French where we learn that GERMANY also belonged to the nine countries who bought the rights to publish Catherine - even though the book was not yet available in the bookshops in FRANCE !

Translated article from 1963

« She carried the story to Editions de Trévise, who accepted it straightaway and communicated it immediately to nine foreign Publishers. (Holland, England, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Turkey). The latter, enthusiastic, cabled their agreement at once. »

Original booklet from 1964 introducing Catherine to German readers!

While searching  Catherine material on the Net years ago, I stumbled on  Der Spiegel edition of 1963, who published an article about Anne Golon and her success with "Angelique". They introduced a  certain French newcomer called Juliette Benzoni and her book Eine Liebe ist genug (Il suffit d'un amour)
Lothar Blanvalet promised each reader, who would send back the gift coupon which was in the new Angélique book, to receive not only an Autograph of Anne Golon, but also two chapters from Eine Liebe ist genug !

Original Telegram 1964 by BLANVALET to Juliette Benzoni's publisher in France


Some thoughts about the German Catherine books.

The Catherine books were also very popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The very first publication by Blanvalet Verlag was beautifully designed. However,  I cannot understand, why BLANVALET
chose to publish the first two Catherine books in 1 edition, instead of two (as everyone else did !). It explains why there are 6 and not 7 German editions of Catherine in German 

I read the Catherine novels in four different languages, so it was  obivious that I would one day notice that there was a lot of text missing in the first book. What a pity... because BLANVALET did otherwise a beautiful job with Juliette Benzoni's Catherine books. As the author told me personally on one of my many visits, she especially had loved how the German books were designed - yet Mrs. Benzoni had no idea that the first book was abriged.

I have added for Austria, Germany and Switzerland the exact same book covers. There were many book clubs, be that in Germany, Austria or Switzerland to whom Blanvalet sold the rights. The last Publisher is to my confirmed knowledge

Franckh- Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co KG 
F.A. Herbig Verlagsbuchhandlung GmbH

Titles in German

book 1 Cathérine * 1 & 2
2 Unbezwingliche Cathérine
book 3 Cathérine de Montsalvy
book 4 Cathérine und die Zeit der Liebe
book 5 Cathérine im Sturm

book 6 Cathérine und der Weg ins Glück
Titles translated

book 1 & 2 Catherine
book 2 Invincible Catherine
book 3 Catherine de Montsalvy
book 4 Catherine and the time of Love
book 5 A Snare for Catherine
book 6 Catherine and the road to happiness


Original titles

book 1 Il Suffit d'un Amour
2 Il Suffit d'un Amour
book 3 Belle Catherine
book 4 Catherine des Grand Chemins
book 5 Catherine et le Temps d'Aimer

book 6 Piège pour Catherine
book 7
La Dame de Montsalvy

After more than 50 years it is now very difficult to determine which cover belonged to what country -  there are at times inconsistent information by private sellers.

* Book 1 is a combination of the first two CATHERINE books -  abridged !

1 - 4 original hardcovers 1964 - 1980 Blanvalet-Verlag - 5 - 6 original hardcovers Herbig-Verlag



original hardcovers Deutscher Bücherbund 1964 - 65



Büchergilde Gutenberg 1971 Special edition for Frankfurt Vienna, Zürich

rororo first paperpack editions of the Catherine books in German 1972 - 1989





Blanvalet  for Bertelmann-Verlag  1970 - 1980


It seems like Kaiser -Verlag in 1983 did not publish the last two books - strange

Rororo paperpack ( Verlag Rowohlt ) 1983 book 6 missing in these editions

book 1

book 2

book 3

book 4

book 5

hardcover Lingen -Verlag 1985 - book 6 missing in these editions
photos with Olga Georges-Picot from the movie 1968 Catherine, il suffit d'un amour

Goldmann Verlag paperback 1 -  4 1988 -  book 5 & 6 missing in these editions - Pawel Moewig -Verlag 1988 only book 6 ?
this is the most shocking cover - since when was Catherine de Montsalvy black-haired ?

book 1

book 2

book 3

book 4

book 6

Naumann Gobel  1990 - for Austria only books 5 & 6 found  - Ullstein paperbacks 1995 - only book 5 & 6 cover found


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