Book 13 - La Victoire d'Angélique
This page is reserved for information about Book 13 - not yet available in English translation - 'La Victoire d'Angélique'.
What you might consider a great title for a conclusion to this magnificent saga and even the publishers (on the backcover of the books) refer to this as the 'dernier' adventure, meaning, of course, 'last' or 'latest' and guess what - the final book is still being written .......
Some time ago I resurrected the 'review' I wrote for this, as yet, untranslated work and have added it to my reviews page. The individual pages I have created for individual books is my desire to show how rich they are in content (not as erroneously referred to elsewhere occasionally as 'erotica') and to choose an area of interest to expand.
Regrettably Victoire has so many different arteries leading off that it is difficult to determine which might be the most important. This page has, until yet concentrated on the direct effect the circumstances have on Angélique as of course they should as it is her story and the majority of this volume is centred directly on her and in particular her vulnerabilities and sense of survival. Recently I have added the 'Prophesy of Prague' to my pages of interest and as this is mentioned in Victoire a link has been provided to view separately as it is not key to this storyline at this stage.
Because the Jesuits create a time-line that has followed us from the earliest books; the visitor from the new world who visits when when Angélique is but a child and who influences Josselin to run away from home to seek his fortune; to Raymond de Sancé entering the clergy and in time becoming a leading Jesuit but not revealing his chosen path to his sister until she approaches him for help; I have decided to concentrate on this theme as a complement to the book. Although she does not fall foul of her brother, Angélique does lock horns with another Jesuit, one Sebastian d'Orgeval and those horns are unlocked in this book and as a consequence count towards one of Angélique's victories.
The 1660 de Wit map shows the world as known in 1660
This map shows the domination and strength of the Jesuits conversion tactics
Could these have been what Angélique refers to as a 'beautiful' ship to take them back to France or is the ship beautiful only because it is taking them back?
In this book Angélique meets up with d'Orgeval in extreme circumstances when both he and she are cut off from the world in severe weather conditions not conducive to survival. The outcome is not happy despite Angélique saving this man who has plotted against her and pitted the strength of the church against her and challenged her mortal and immortal souls. d'Orgeval capitulates to Angélique and admits that he has misunderstood her and been misled to believe that she was the Demon whereas in reality he had been influenced by the real Demon in the form of Ambroisine, Duchess de Maudribourg. Yes, Ambroisine survived .... she killed one of the 'innocents' that Angélique so desperately wants to avenge, leaving the victims' remains in a manner that suggested death by Wolverine disguising her in her own unmistakable and brightly coloured clothes.
It was Cantor who discovered this and who, having none of the responsibilities carried by his elder brother, Florimond, who has now taken his place in court as the Count of Toulouse, determines to return to the New World to warn his mother of the double threat that she will once again be facing that of the Jesuit and the Demon.
As Cantor crosses the Ocean, the weather closes in on his mother.
Outtake, Chief of the Five Nations is directly responsible for bringing together these two principal characters, his intention being that Angélique should now exact revenge on d'Orgeval for all the wrongs he had done her and those whom she holds dear. Outtake does not understand why she nurtures d'Orgeval back to health when there is little enough for them all to survive on, sharing her meagre rations and tending his wounds.
Surprisingly, at the appropriate time d'Orgeval offers himself for martyrdom and perishes at the hands of the Five Nations .......
I like 'Wordles' and here is my interpretation of the 'as yet unpublished and untranslated' final (to date) book - Angélique takes centre stage and relevant words encircle her as does the story of our eponymous heroine.
Page refreshed : 30th December 2016