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The Beggar King (US Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale) Paperback – January 8, 2013
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"The Beggar King is a richly appointed historical novel, a compelling tapestry of violence, intrigue, and tenderness. Pötzsch drags you into his beautifully rendered and dangerous seventeenth-century Europe and doesn't let you escape until the final climactic page."
—Glenn Cooper, international bestselling author of Secret of the Seventh Son
"Twists and turns enmesh both the characters and the reader in this absorbing tale that captures, with an authenticity that is truly rare, the sounds and sights and smells of seventeenth-century Germany. A gripping story of love, betrayal, and long-delayed revenge."
—James Becker, author of The Moses Stone
"The Beggar King weaves a fascinating web of intrigue that invokes much more than just the intricate politics of 17th-century Germany. Oliver Pötzsch has brought to life the heady smells and tastes, the true reality of an era we've never seen quite like this before. The hangman Jakob and his feisty daughter Magdalena are characters we will want to root for in many books to come."—Katherine Neville, bestselling author of The Eight and The Magic Circle
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"Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a darkly atmospheric visit to seventeenth-century Bavaria in his latest adventure. With enough mystery and intrigue to satisfy those who like gritty historical fiction, The Dark Monk has convincing characters, rip-roaring action, and finely-drawn settings."
—Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night
"Weaving together the mystery of a murdered priest, a Templar treasure, and a kind-hearted hangman, Oliver Pötzsch's The Dark Monk is a labyrinth of clues and rich characters in seventeenth-century Bavaria. Pötzsch keeps the action boiling, the clues intriguing, and the history fascinating and authentic."
—William Dietrich, author of The Emerald Storm
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The third installment of the international best-selling Hangman s Daughter series
1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse she locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience first-hand the torture he s administered himself for years. As nightmares assail him, Kuisl can only hope to prevail on the Regensburg executioner to show mercy to a fellow hangman.
Kuisl s steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg and try to save Jakob, enlisting an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy for help. Navigating the labyrinthine city, they learn there is much more behind the false accusation than a personal vendetta: there is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.
Chock-full of fascinating historical detail, The Beggar King brings to vibrant life another tremendous tale of an unlikely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Potzsch s mettle as a storyteller at the height of his powers.
- ASIN : 054799219X
- Publisher : Mariner Books; 1st edition (January 8, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 466 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780547992198
- ISBN-13 : 978-0547992198
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.19 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #739,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Jakob finally gets to his sister's home, he finds her and her husband murdered and he is the number one suspect. And that means that he is quickly determined to be suspicious and must be tortured to get him to confess.
Meanwhile Jakob's daughter, Magdalena, and her boyfriend, Simon, flee from home to be together, and unfortunately, they also travel to Regensburg, where they are soon sought for a suspicious fire that destroys the house of her aunt and the scene of the crime. But Magdalena finds a seeming friend, the ambassador from Vienna, while Simon makes alliances with the Beggars' guild and the leader of the freemasons.
Who and why this is happening to both Jakob and Magdalena is harder and harder to figure out and the stakes continue to climb higher. Jakob is holding out as long as possible during the torture to get him to confess, and the Regensburg's hangman, who believes in his innocence, is beginning to get suspicious of what is driving the intensity of the town elders to kill Jakob.
Friend and foe is hard to determine in this thriller of a tale. Reading doesn't get much better than this.
Simon and Magdalena make a hasty decision to leave Schongau after being harassed by one of the councilmen. They stumble upon the murder scene and vow to help free Jakob. This leads them to the Beggar King, a beer-brewing monk, the freeman's, and the Venetian ambassador. But all of them have their own agendas, and sometimes they match up with Simon and Magdalena's.
Jakob's time in the Thirty Year's War is explored as he recalls events and the men he led. The story shows sometimes the past doesn't remain in the past.
This book show jealousy between Simon and Magdalena on a grander scale than the Dark Monk. These two fight a lot when someone shows an interest in the other. Oliver does a fantastic job of bringing old Regensburg to life. He provides wonderful details to make the scenes come off the page/screen.
Oliver uses really long chapters and the eBook is not formated with page numbers or time to read chapter at the bottom of the screen.
Upon arrival, the hangman is immediately accused of a crime, and his daughter sets out to try and help him. Alone in a strange city, they all must try and figure out who their friends and allies are, why the hangman was framed, and how to unravel the multiple layers of conspiracy, stretching back a quarter century.
Along the way, we learn much about the hangman's back story, and about the complex class structure that constituted a European city on the 1600's--beggars, outcasts, peasants, tradesmen, priests, and the aristocracy. The complicated relationships between them provides the back drop for this story, and lends it much of its richness of character.
Otherwise I liked the characters and enjoyed the interesting plots although at times I thought a good edit might have been useful. I have read two others by the same author and since I find that time period in history worth a look, I enjoy them. They also serve as a reminder of the evolution of government from the small unit village to the larger more crowded city. It's a reminder that in spite of the historical period the same "types" always exist!
Top reviews from other countries
that readers start at Book 1 and read the whole series as you won't be sorry. Set in the times of
the 16th century it has mystery, intrigue and educates the reader with events of those times.
Don't let this series pass you by.