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, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand 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 to 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: 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 Pötzsch’s mettle as a storyteller at the height of his powers.
©2010 Oliver Pötzsch (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
No. Both combined in immersion resd enhances both/
The Hangman, finding himself facing a hangman.
Battle in the forest.
No. I needed time to absorb all the twists and turns of the plot.
cant wait for the next book in series.
The feeling of the past, bad and good people, bad and good deed.
Yes, it did keep me awake and listening intensely.
His lively and sincere reading is very much to my liking.
As before it is the hangman and his daughter who sit still with me.
Just to recommend this tales to anyone who likes past tales of these ages where evil thrived but good people lived as well. Endless battle of good and evil.
I love books. but i am kind of a fiction junkie.
it is a book that i can re read over and over . i love the characters and plot it is very well written and believable.
um at the end when you heat the athors notes you get to hear some of his fealing about the places and cheters. there are to many page tuning moments to decide on just one in the actual plot and i don't like spoilers.
i the reassure that went in to the book. the medical knowledge and uses are fascinating and the ideal that some one payed to brake (torch or) people would also be the one that puts them back together.
A father of seven and a lover of books.
I very much enjoyed this story and some of the terrifying circumstances described. My daughter and I have listened to all three of the Audio Books and this book left me very concerned for the well being of my favorite characters (no spoiler's here). Suffice it to say that Oliver Potzch once again delivers a very satisfying story with your favorite characters and Grover Gardner has the most excellent voice acting. I highly recommend these series to anyone that enjoys mysteries and imagining what life must have been like in the 1600's for a Hangman and his family.
I can't say enough good things about this audiobook. I stumbled onto The Hangman's Daughter by accident and really enjoyed it, which led me to the Dark Monk which I didn't enjoy so much. I expected that this one would go down from there since that's the way it seems to go with most books, but boy was I glad I took the chance! This one was as good as the first, and didn't leave all the characters separated as the second one did (that's what I hated about it) It even ended really well and has me wondering what will happen next to our intrepid heroes.
This is such a complex book--some might say a bit muddled--but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There's swashbuckling, a couple of evil masterminds intent on nothing less than global domination by means worthy of most comic-book supervillains, a damsel-in-distress (sort of), and a secret, highly intelligent underground network. And yet, at the same time, Pötzsch's continued development of the character of Jakob Kuisl, the series' protagonist, provides a meditation on the toll that state-sanctioned violence and cruelty, combined with a rigid and punitive social order, takes on ordinary humans of good will. I look forward to the next installment.
Assuming historicall correctness, I would recomend this to a friend. One who isn't too squeamish about the filth, and vermine of the time period. The Hangmans integrity, determination, and apparent indestructability, are nothing less than super human, yet believable. I enjoy the foibles and funniness of his daughter and her lover/boyfriend. You wouldn't think there could be anything about those years that could be funny, but the added humor help make the rest readable.
The Hangman of course.
His daughter, who generally acts first then thinks SECOUND, is truly his daughter.
I listened to it a bit at a time, or I could go right through.
I have one more to go, then I hope Mr. Potzsch will write more.
"a good yarn!"
A good pacy story and I really enjoyed the author's words at the end. I am not sure if this is the fault of the translator but there were many instances of contemporary speech patterns which did not fir the historical context. The independent and unconventional female and her lover were slightly unconvincing. However on the level of an adventure story it was entertaining enough.
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