Original material concerning
the Catherine books
For years I have collected one by
one every article about
and the filming of the Catherine de Montsalvy
It is a great challenge for me since the TV-Series was not
shown on Swiss television back in 1986. That really was a pity as I am known for being the great
collector, be that articles about Grace Kelly, Farah Diba,
Jacqueline Onassis or even about the moon landing! I keep
them all in a secret place... I am very thankful to
my dear friends Frédérique,
Chambre and our very dear
Juliette Benzoni who left us alas last year on
February 7, 2016.
Juliette knew where my heart lies and surprised me on our
first meeting at her home, with her very own
Catherine book cover of
Il suffit d'un amour ! To be precisely Juliette took the
cover out of a frame and told me I could keep it ! It is
since then back again in a silver frame in my home.
Of course there exist still more
articles from the debut of the
Catherine Books !
Unfortunately a fire destroyed a
lot of material at Juliette's house a few years ago. But who
knows... maybe some of you faithful readers out there have
some never-seen articles you would share with the official
Catherine website. In whatever language you have material
about Catherine and Juliette Benzoni, everything is
Kindly Linda Compagnoni Walther, webmaster
The original Hardcover editions of Catherine
in the Sixties
Book 7 La Dame de Montsalvy not
translated into English !
Editions Trévise October 1963
Juliette Benzoni signs the first time the
It is a great moment to share
with you a magnificent souvenir from a
long missed magic box of Juliette Benzoni,
author of "Catherine, One Love
is Enough ". The material had
been believed destroyed in a
fire at Saint-Mandé many years
ago ! It is an article
(now translated into English)
which should make every fan of
the Catherine Series go wild
We see Juliette ( 7 days before
her 43rd birthday !) signing
at her publisher house the first
time a Catherine book -
precisely the French editon of
"Il suffit d'un amour ! It
pleases us enormously that we have now the proof to read
that Juliette's CATHERINE was indeed sold to at least ten
foreign publishing houses, before the book could be bought
at bookstores ! Linda, webmaster
Text translated from French by Linda
This woman of letters, who signs at her press office, has
every reason to smile : she has just accomplished a still
unknown exploit in the literary annals. Indeed her first
Il suffit d’un amour… » was bought by nine foreign
publishing houses even before its release in bookstores.
This is about the Countess Juliette Benzoni di Conza,
wife of a senior officer of the French Army. A month ago she
wrote the word « The end » at the bottom of a manuscript of
1,100 pages recounting the adventures of a girl of
the people during the Hundred Years War.
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.
Short notice : Mrs. Juliette Benzoni di Conza is not an
unknown to our readers. She is the author of the historical
Les Reines tragiques » , which L'Aurore is currently
publishing as an illustrated serial.
Editions Trévise 1962
La Reines tragiques announces Il suffit d'un amour
Some time ago I bought “Aventuriers
du Passé” Juliette Benzoni’s second book in 1963. When I
opened it I held my breath for a second!
What is so special about buying an old book you might
ask? Everything for a passionate collector like I am –
because it mentions that next, a book called “Il suffit d’un
amour” shall be published! I count myself more than happy to
have now in my “magic box” the first announcement of
Catherine by the French publisher Editions Trévise – who
already knew the value of the book, publishing it in the
p.s on one of my visit to Saint-Mandé, my dearest friend
Juliette has been very kind to sign this souvenir for me.
Verlag Blanvalet 1963
While searching online for book covers of Catherine, I
stumbled upon this Der Spiegel edition of 1963 which
featured a long article about Anne Golon and her
success with "Angelique". The final paragraph caught
my attention because it introduced a certain French newcomer
called Juliette Benzoni and her book Eine Liebe
ist genug (One love is enough). Within each new
Angelique book was a gift coupon. Every reader
who sent back this coupon would receive Anne Golon's
autograph AND an
from Eine Liebe ist genug !
This shows us how well aware Mister Blanvalet was of
the worth of this new writer called
Juliette Benzoni... and the German magazine Der
Spiegel has always been highly-renowned!
As I have already mentioned on the
Book series pages the German publisher
designed very beautiful book covers for the Catherine Series (which
pleased very much Juliette Benzoni as she told us ) which I
have the great pleasure to own myself
By the way, the German first
edition of "Cathérine" was called then simply
Cathérine (not, Eine Liebe ist genug, as it
was announced in the Spiegel article!). The first two
books in French were joined into one edition and
abridged...! And when I say abridged I really mean it!
An utter impertinence to the readers...!
Welcomes ONE LOVE IS ENOUGH
Extract from a French article in
translated by Linda Compagnoni Walther
Undoubtedly, the success of Juliette Benzoni's great
Catherine which was sent to novel, of which the
readers of the « Provençal » have at present the exclusivity
to read, does not stop increasing. Translated into several
languages, published in nine European countries (Scandinavia
was enthusiastic about the adventures of Catherine and
Arnaud de Montsalvy), the thrilling and heroic love story
will now be the delight of British readers.
The great London publisher William Heinemann have just
celebrated during a brilliant cocktail party, in the
presence of author
Juliette Benzoni, the release of the novel which received in
its English translation the title of « One love is enough ».
We can reveal to our readers that… if One love is enough; it
is not enough for one book to exhaust all the dramas
and all the enjoyments.
London August 1964 : Juliette Benzoni, Countess di Conza
with a copy of ONE LOVE IS ENOUGH. Juliette Benzoni was
accompanied by Gérald Gauthier, General Secretary of the
Press Agency of Opéra Mundi.
Verlag Blanvalet 1964
The fairies were with me again.
After many years I found per chance that free extract of
Catherine which was sent to Angélique readers by Blanvalet Verlag in 1964.
The quality of the booklet is awesome. I suppose it was in a
box and never touched again since 1964 - waiting for me
What makes it even more precious is that Juliette has done
me the great honour of writing a very lovely dedication in
that booklet !
(original title in English : Catherine)
Norwegian Journal 1965
In this original
newspaper extract from summer 1965, the headline says :
« Three summer books with suspense and intensive love »
It says of Juliette Benzoni, author with a university degree
in history and medieval expert. We see the same early
portrait, as in the Italian book covers. It so happens to
be, showing her the very first time signing her Catherine
books ! I adore the Norwegian word «Parispiken »
(Parisian girl ! )
Het hunkerend hart
(Catherine en de gebroeders de Montsalvy)
(original title in English : One Love is Enough)
Book cover from 1965
I always try to
stay neutral (as a true Swiss that I am) and not comment on
any covers of Catherine - but just this once I like
to say the first cover of the Swedish
Catherine books; is a very beautiful image of Catherine Legoix. The designer of the
four original book is called EVE.
On the back side of the book Juliette is introduced as :
Juliette Benzoni di Conza and it says that her book about
Catherine Legoix, was in the international Press
compared with the irresistible Scarlett O'Hara in
Gone with the Wind !
Il suffit d'un amour - second part...
(original title in English : Catherine)
The Return of Garin
original French newspaper-clipping 1965
German Article in
1965 about the publishing of
Unbezwingliche Catherine in Germany
Telegram from William
Ltd. to Juliette Benzoni !
On March 15,
2017 Telos Publishing had continued to re-issue The
Catherine Novels with
BELLE CATHERINE, the 3rd in the Catherine Series.
With this creation we look back to the year 1966 when
HEINEMANN Ltd. sent Juliette BENZONI a telegram
to her home at Saint-Mandé, to inform the author that the
translation of Belle Catherine was having a huge success in
the English speaking world !
This original telegram is one of those precious souvenirs
found in the long-forgotten-magic-box of Juliette Benzoni...
it was not just the French or English publishers who
rejoiced for the number of books they sold ---- stay tuned
to learn what other Countries confirmed about the incredible
sales figures !
flyer from William
Published by William Heinemann Ltd., First UK Edition
1966. London 1966. First UK edition hard back binding in
publisher s original French blue paper covered boards, gilt
title and author lettering to the spine.
Publisher s flyer regarding the book and Author.
I am thrilled to announce that I stumbled by chance on this
rare treasure ! My very first announcement of a Catherine
book in England by the company William Heinemann.
Catherine, des Grands Chemins
(Catherine and Arnaud
The above Newspaper - clipping is very special for me !
While looking for missing Book covers, my sister
had spotted on Ebay a rare occasion to bid for an autograph of our
Juliette Benzoni. In Spring 2009 I had no idea that I would
a half year later get the marvellous chance to meet in
person my favourite author Juliette.
the specialist for bidding, and was able to get hold of
the photograph. When I received the letter from France,
with the signature of JulietteBenzoni - I saw to my astonishment that,
not only did we have this famous photo
which we had seen so often on the book covers - no - with the photo came an old yellowish newspaper clip! Great was my
delight to find out that I had in my hands a rare piece of document.
As some of us remember - way back in the Sixties - newspapers used to print
popular books as "roman-feuilleton" - that is - everyday you read a
short piece of a story - which was continued day after day. I assume
that the person who sold the autograph, had read in the
newspaper back in February 1967 ( see above on the second
image on the bottom)
« You can receive a
dedicated by Juliette Benzoni, if you write to Editions de Trévise, 34
rue de Trévise, Paris »
So I put
two and two together and figured out, that the owner of the photo did
exactly that - when the fourth book of the Catherine-series Catherine
and Arnaud had been first published ! Apart from having this
remarkable photo I shall guard jealously (dreaming of course, that one
day we shall also be so lucky to see our name on a dedicated photo or
book from Juliette Benzoni !
p.s which did actually happen on October 31 2009
SÚ ÁST BRENNUR HEITAST
(One Love is enough)
Original advertising in an Icelandic newspaper I found on
the Net some time ago. I still hope that one day we shall
find the cover of the first
Catherine Book in colour.
1968 Editions Trévise
Catherine et le
Catherine and a time to love
Voting card from 1968
In one of the first editons of
the original French
books of Catherine, I found in book 5
Catherine and the time to love a voting card!
There was the announcement - who should play in a
future movie CATHERINE !
fascinating question: Was
Olga Georges-Picot in 1968 chosen by the
"Catherine" readers or the filmakers?
La fuga di Catherine
book cover of « La fuga di Catherine » Publisher
Garzanti added on a second printing a preview for
Catherine, Il suffit d'un amour
in 1969 - the film alas - flopped at the cinéma -
read more on our meeting with Juliette in
Saint-Mandé 2010 what the reason was and why our
author cried like a fountain when she saw the film.
Catherine og Arnaud
(Catherine and Arnaud)
Original advertising in Icelandic newspaper
For us Catherine fans, this is a very
exciting document! During the shooting of
Marianne, the director
Marion Sarraut, already was in search of a young
beautiful girl between 18 - 25 to play Catherine in
the upcoming TV-Series Catherine, il suffit d'un amour.
Dear friends of the
What you see on
the above image, is Catherine de Montsalvy. It was
for Juliette Benzoni by the same artist who did some of the
covers for the French Catherine Editions Trévise
(and for the Angelique books of Anne Golon !)
- 2017 linda compagnoni walther