Heretic Dawn by Robert Merle

Competition published on February 12, 2016.

Pushkin Press is delighted to announce the third exciting chapter in the best selling Fortunes of France series by ‘France’s greatest popular writer’ Robert Merle, translated by T. Jefferson Kline.

1572: Pierre de Siorac, returning from his adventures in the city of Montpellier of City of Wisdom and Blood, is ambushed by a jealous Périgord nobleman and kills his attacker. Now he must make his way to Paris to gain a pardon from the king himself or risk death at every corner. The capital city and the royal court are a disorienting new environment for Pierre – its elaborate social graces mask a simmering religious tension that will soon explode to engulf the entire city in one of history’s most infamous bouts of butchery…

In the heart of Paris, Pierre faces the greatest challenge of his young existence – to make his way through this deceptively dangerous milieu, to win a royal pardon, and finally to escape from Paris with his life, and the lives of his beloved companions, intact. Heretic Dawn sees devious courtly intrigues build to a horrific and bloody climax in the most powerful instalment yet.


We have 3 copies to give away – scroll down for your chance to win!


“Modern-day Dumas finally crosses the channel” Observer

“Swashbuckling historical fiction… For all its philosophical depth [The Brethren] is a hugely entertaining romp” Guardian

“A vivid novel by France’s modern Dumas” Sunday Times


If you missed out on them the first time around, the previous two titles in the series, The Brethren and City of Wisdom and Blood, are available from Pushkin


About the author

Robert Merle was born in French Algeria, before moving to mainland France in 1918. After the outbreak of war in 1939 he served as an interpreter with the British Expeditionary Force, and was captured by the German army at Dunkirk, the experience of which served as the basis for his post-war debut Weekend at Zuydcoote. Initially French publishers were wary of this book, put off by its foul language and sexual content, but at the urging of authors including Jean-Paul Sartre and Raymond Queneau, it was snapped up by Gaston Gallimard and went on to win the Prix Goncourt. His much-loved Fortunes of France series was published over four decades, from 1977 to 2003, the final volume appearing just a year before his death of a heart attack in 2004. He was described by Le Monde as ‘France’s greatest popular novelist’.


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Heretic Dawn by Robert Merle, published by Pushkin Press on 4 February, 2016 in paperback at £9.99



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