Text by Linda webmaster 2008 - 2018
Never in my life did I imagine I would one day
my favourite author in person and would thanks to
that unforgettable first visit become such close
friends in the Winter of Juliette's life. Looking
back, it all sounds like a fairy-tale.
year after our first meeting at her home in
Saint-Mandé, did I receive the extraordinarily
honour (together with two of my dear friend and my
daughter) a dedication in one of the
Aldo Morosini adventures. Nota bene, the very
first time Juliette Benzoni dedicated one of her
books to fans! On the day of her funeral 2016
I was there together with my friend
Frédérique, webmaster of the magnificent
Juliette Benzoni website, to stand by and comfort
Anne Gallois her beloved daughter. I belong to
one of those people who never believe in
coincidences - it was somewhere written that I
should one day meet the Queen of History
books for a reason. The never before
shared material you see on this website (and
that of Frédérique) would have been lost.
very happy to present you the « Catherine de
Montsalvy website » in English and French - the
website with all 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, a star for Napoleon -
Catherine, One Love is Enough (Il suffit d'un
amour) - Le Gerfaut - La
The Catherine series were published in at least 31
55 million readers
worldwide - translated into
at least 27 languages !
adored Juliette Benzoni's 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?
Catherine 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.
were translated into
27 languages and they have over
thirty-five million readers beyond France to
Iceland, Brazil, Israel, Poland, Germany, Italy,
Finland, Russia, Serbia 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 with the help of this website was, 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 ! (this
dream will soon come true, and I have been involved
with the fact - learn more
While I was re-reading the books
around 2007 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.
Juliette Benzoni avec Frédérique et Linda
It is with
Frédérique the great journey began to meet together
Juliette a year after our separate websites were
created. Juliette had wanted to meet those girls who
had dedicated a website to her. See article about
our first meetting) A beautiful friendship was born
that lasted until she had to leave us on 7 February
2016. Juliette Benzoni approved of our sites and we
were to call it in her name
Juliette-Benzoni-officiel and Catherine de Montsalvy
officiel. For Juliette we were Les
filles des Grands Chemins
with regard of the 4th book in the Catherine series
Catherine des Grands Chemins (English:
Catherine and Arnaud).
I invite you to click around my website
; 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 favourite author Juliette Benzoni and her
I was never asked by anyone to create this website
and I certainly have never been paid any money. But
I have met and won the trust through this website
with Juliette Benzoni, Marion Sarraut, Claudine
Ancelot, Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Isabelle Guiard,
Corinne Touzet, Gérard Chambre, Pierre Deny and many
more concerning the world of Catherine de Montsalvy.
I bid you welcome to my
journey of rediscovery, and to share in
Catherine's long road to happiness.
(Mistral was my nickname ten years ago
for the Catherine website)
contact webmaster address:
Au-revoir my dearest friend Juliette 30.10.
1920 - 7.2. 2016
My dearest friend Juliette on 15 May 2011 at
her home in Saint-Mandé
February 7, 2016
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
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