The Brethren: Fortunes of France 1 - Fortunes of France 1 (Paperback)
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The Brethren: Fortunes of France 1 - Fortunes of France 1 (Paperback)

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Published: 05/07/2018
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The Périgord of sixteenth-century France is a wild region-its steep, forested valleys roamed by bands ofbrigands and gypsies, its communities divided by conflict between Catholics and converts to the new Protestant faith.

To this beautiful but dangerous country come two veterans of the French king's wars, Jean de Siorac and Jean de Sauveterre: The Brethren-as fiercely loyal to the crown as they are to their Huguenot religion. But they are far from secure-religious civil war looms on the horizon,famine and plague stalk the land, and The Brethren must use all their wits to protect those they love from the chaos that threatens to sweep them away.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782275077
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Modern-day Dumas finally crosses the channel - Observer

Swashbuckling historical fiction... For all its philosophical depth [The Brethren] is a hugely entertaining romp... The comparisons with Dumas seem both natural and deserved and the next 12 instalments [are] a thrilling prospect - Christobel Kent, Guardian

A sprawling, earthy tale of peril, love, lust, death, dazzling philosophical debate and political intrigue... an engrossing saga - Gransnet

Historical fiction at its very best... This fast paced and heady brew is colourfully leavened with love and sex and a great deal of humour and wit. The second instalment cannot be published too soon. - We Love This Book

A vivid novel by France's modern Dumas... [there is] plenty of evidence in the rich characterisation and vivid historical detail that a reader's long-term commitment will be amply rewarded - Sunday Times

A master of the historical novel - Guardian

We're swept away by triumph, tragedy, action and adventure... It's a novel like this that makes reviewing one of the best jobs in the world. - The Book Bag

So rich in historical detail... the characters are engaging - Sunday Express

A highly anticipated tome that's been described as Game of Thrones meets The Three Musketeers - Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4’s Open Book

Cleverly depicts France's epic religious wars through the intimate prism of one family's experience. It's beautifully written too. - Metro

A bold invasion of Dumas territory... There is a philosophical depth to the novel... whets one's appetite for the next volume - Wall Street Journal

This is old-fashioned story-telling. It has swagger and, vibrancy with big characters... A gripping story with humour and strength and real attention to historical detail - Mature Times

A lively adventure... anyone keen on historical fiction [should] look forward to the next instalment - Telegraph

The spectacular 13-volume evocation of 16th-17th-century France - Independent

Swashbuckling - Newsday

The Dumas of the twentieth century - Neues Deutschland

A wonderful, colourful, breathlessly narrated historical panorama - Zeitpunkt

Robert Merle is one of the very few French writers who has attained both popular success and the admiration of critics. The doyen of our novelists is a happy man - Le Figaro

Compelling... a French epic - Kirkus Reviews

Future volumes in the saga, once translated, will be well worth reading - and may beappearing in roundups of the year's best historical novels for the next decade - BBC History Magazine

One of the many delights vouchsafed by Robert Merle's The Brethren is the sense that the author is astonished that what he's writing about actually happened... [The book is] both wise and audacious, constantly nudging up against the extraordinary. - The New York Times Book Review

Alongside the drama and the swashbuckling there is room for subtlety - TLS

Merle, whose Fortunes of France series is a best-seller in this country, has been hailed as a modern-day Dumas. This is a swash-buckling start - Connexion

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“Fortunes of France: The Brethren”

Robert Merle’s The Brethren is just ridiculously good. It tells the story of two veteran soldiers in 16th century France as they withdraw from the religious chaos that plagues society and establish their own community... More

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“History, heritage and Huguenots.”

A favourite series in France, finally available for the English reader, and a worthy translation .
The first in a sequence, introducing a family and community caught up in the events of the time. Masses of historical... More

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“A wonderful treat!”

This is the first volume in a thirteen book series, which has been translated from French to English. Set in sixteenth century France, it tells the story of the Huguenot de Siorac family and their household staff.... More

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