By Robert Merle
The Perigord of sixteenth-century France is a wild sector at the fringe of the reaches of royal authority-its steep, forested valleys roamed via bands of brigands and gypsies, its groups divided via clash among Catholics and converts to the hot Protestant religion, the Huguenots. To this pretty yet harmful nation come veterans of the French king's wars, Jean de Siorac and Jean de Sauveterre, The Brethren-as fiercely dependable to the crown as they're to their Huguenot faith. They make their domestic within the bold chateau of Mespech, and the group they discovered flourishes, yet they're faraway from secure-religious civil battle looms at the horizon, famine and plague stalk the land, and The Brethren needs to use all their wits to guard these they love from the chaos that threatens to comb them away. The Brethren is the 1st quantity within the epic old drama Fortunes of France-a lusty, exhilarating mix of event and romance set opposed to the backdrop of a serious interval in ecu heritage.