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André Castelot (1911–2004)

Author of Queen of France: A Biography of Marie Antoinette

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Works by André Castelot

Napoleon (1968) 54 copies
Joséphine (1964) 24 copies
Napoleon Bonaparte (1984) 18 copies
Napoléon (1968) 18 copies
Bonaparte (1979) 17 copies
La campagne de Russie, 1812 (1991) 14 copies
François Ier (1985) 14 copies
Henri IV, le passionné (1986) 13 copies
Louis XVII (1968) 12 copies
Talleyrand (1980) 12 copies
Madame Royale (1968) 10 copies
Le fils de l'empereur (1960) 8 copies
MARIA DE MEDICI (1995) 7 copies
L'Almanach de l'histoire (1959) 7 copies
La Duchesse de Berry (1963) 6 copies
La Reine Margot (1994) 5 copies
Marie Antoinette. (1957) 5 copies
Les Chateaux De La Loire (1995) 5 copies
Sarah Bernhardt (1971) 4 copies
Madame Du Barry (1989) 4 copies
Le Prince Rouge. (1969) 4 copies
L'histoire insolite (1966) 4 copies
Fouché (1989) 4 copies
L' Histoire à table (2015) 3 copies
La reina secreta (1999) 2 copies
La Revolution francaise (1987) 2 copies
Luis XVII (1960) 2 copies
Napoleon a jeho ženy (1998) 2 copies
Présence de l'histoire (1969) 2 copies
Marie-Antoinette TOME II (1974) 2 copies
Regina Margot (1994) 2 copies
Vers l' exil ... (1962) 2 copies
Sur les Pas de Joséphine (1991) 2 copies
Le drame de ste helene (2000) 1 copy
A Sasfik̤ (2001) 1 copy
Napoléon 1 copy
La féerie impériale (1973) 1 copy
Napóleon és a nők (1999) 1 copy
Au fil de l'histoire (1982) 1 copy
Napoléon III Tome I (1975) 1 copy
Napoléon III (1999) 1 copy
Napoléon III TOME 4 (1975) 1 copy

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Canonical name
Castelot, André
Legal name
Storms, André Georges
Birthdate
1911-01-23
Date of death
2004-07-18
Gender
male
Nationality
Belgium (birth)
France
Birthplace
Antwerp, Belgium
Place of death
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Places of residence
Anvers (birthplace)
Education
Collège Gerson, Paris
Institution Notre-Dame de Saint-Croix
Occupations
biographer
historian
screenwriter
journalist
Relationships
Chabas, Maurice (father)
Decaux, Alain (friend)
Awards and honors
Grand Prix de l'Académie française(1984)
Légion d'Honneur
Ordre national du Mérite
Short biography
André Castelot was born André Storms in Antwerp, Belgium, a son of poet Gabrielle Storms-Castelot and painter Maurice Chabas. He became the acclaimed author of some 65 vivid, richly-detailed biographies and studies of prominent figures in French history, particularly those of the 16th, 18th, and 19th-centuries, such as Queen Marie Antoinette and the Empress Josephine. With his longtime friend, writer Alain Decaux, he created and produced popular French radio and television programs. Castelot also wrote the historical soundtrack for "sound and light" shows at famous historical sites, including Chambord and Compiegne. He received numerous awards, including the Legion of Honor, the French National Order of Merit, and the Grand Prix of the Académie Française. The Prix André Castelot, given each year to a popular book or historical novel, was created in his honor.

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When I started reading this biography of the famous French queen, I wanted to largely dismiss it in favor of some of the more recent, well-researched books on her life. Yet, as I read, I began to appreciated the author's extensive quotes and attempts to provide a sense of what it was like to live during the French Revolution. Details and narratives appear here that I hadn't encountered elsewhere and while this book may not be the best one I've read about Marie Antoinette, it certainly serves a purpose in bringing her story to life.… (more)
 
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wagner.sarah35 | 2 other reviews | Nov 27, 2020 |
Although considerably more information was available when this was written in comparison to Aubrey's biography of Napoleon II, I still prefer Aubrey's.
Castelot's does little to make Marie Louise look good (though no fault of his own--- it would be a difficult task for any writer, unless they wrote fantasy), is convinced of the prince's poor constitution starting at an early age, and does not reveal much about his short romantic life except in a few short sentences.
His death is explained in great detail, however, the author having the poor Duke of Reichstadt suffering through about a hundred pages, and enforcing what he had prophecized himself, that: "My birth and my death---that is the whole of my story"..."Between my cradle and my tomb there is a great naught".… (more)
 
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TheCelticSelkie | Jan 28, 2016 |
A good serious biography. A slow read. Very detailed.
 
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nx74defiant | 2 other reviews | Jan 23, 2016 |
Un monument incontournable (le livre, pas le personnage...)
 
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exlibrisjean | Mar 3, 2008 |

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