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The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (UK Edition)

The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (UK Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Pötzsch , Lee Chadeayne
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The third installment of the international bestselling Hangman’s Daughter series

1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of Schongau, 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 has administered himself for years.

Kuisl’s steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg and try to save Jacob. With the help of an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy, they discover that behind the false accusation is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Oliver Pötzsch, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners. Pötzsch lives in Munich with his family.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1459 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 514 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1455876291
  • Verlag: AmazonCrossing (8. Januar 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008O5O7XO
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Seine blutige Familiengeschichte beschäftigt Oliver Pötzsch, Jahrgang 1970, bereits seit der Kindheit. Bei seinen Recherchen stieß er auf die Folterwerkzeuge seiner Ahnen und einen Meisterbrief, der seinem Vorfahren eine 'besondere Kunstfertigkeit beim Köpfen' bescheinigt. Er fand außerdem heraus, dass das Richtschwert der Familie in den 70ern des letzten Jahrhunderts aus einem Heimatmuseum gestohlen wurde und seitdem verschollen ist. Sein 2008 erschienener Roman "Die Henkerstochter" wurde für den Friedrich-Glauser-Preis nominiert. Der Autor arbeitet für den Bayrischen Rundfunk und lebt in München.

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Das 3. Buch der "hangman's daughter"-Geschichten war für mich durchaus lesenswert. Sicher, es gibt Wiederholungen, um Leser, die ein Folgebuch als erstes lesen, mit in die Geschichte hinein zu nehmen.
Aber alles in allem war das Buch spannend und es hat Spaß gemacht es zu lesen.
Ich denke, ich würde auch einen 4.Band vertragen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pötzsch schreibt ... 13. August 2013
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... als ob er in der Zeit gelebt hätte. Ich habe alle seine Bücher und jedes ist spannend bis zum Ende.
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leider ist die englische Übersetzung so schlecht, das selbst ich als nicht Muttersprachler immer wieder schmunzeln musste, im besten Fall.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen My last purchase 14. Februar 2013
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Not bad - but my last purchase from Amazon until and unless the stories re Amazon's abysmal treatment of temporary staff turn out to be lies or Amazon mends its ways.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Gripping Tale! 28. Dezember 2012
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I was so anxious for the next Hangman's Daughter Tale, that I dropped everything when it arrived and I've been reading almost ceaselessly since yesterday morning!

The Beggar King is the third in a series by Oliver Potzsch. The first is The Hangman's Daughter, which introduces Jakob Kuisl, the Hangman of Schongau, along with other main characters, his wife Anna Maria, children Magdalena, Georg and Barbara and the son of the town doctor, Simon Fronweiser. The second book, The Dark Monk was just as strong a story as the first and was my favorite in the series until I just finished The Beggar King. This story had me on the edge of my seat and didn't let go of me until the very end. I see that there is another installment coming, The Warlock, and I think you can imagine how excited I am to hear another book in this series in on the way!

Mr. Potzsch crafts a brilliant, gripping tale. The setting is described so well that the places we read about become as familiar to us as our own home. This book takes place primarily in the city of Regensburg, where Jakob's sister lives with her husband. The story starts out with a letter from Jakob's sister telling him of her illness, and naturally, he sets out to help her with his bag of medicines. Unfortunately for the Hangman, it's a trap, and an intricate one at that! It takes all the strength Jakob has to withstand torture at the hand of the Regensburg Hangman (don't want to give too much away, but our beloved Hangman is put on the rack by one of his own!) and his daughter and her lover, Simon, have to work fast to solve the mystery of who set her father up before he is executed.

These characters are so well developed and I have to say I was delighted to see what I considered an improvement (personal growth, perhaps) in the character of Simon Fronweiser. Magdalena continues to be a driving force in their relationship and her personality certainly adds something essential to Simon (as a good woman can certainly do!), but in this book he is definitely coming into his own and has become stronger and more capable than before.

I am very pleased to recommend this book and give it 5 stars. It will make your heart pound and test your nerves to the very end! Mr. Potzsch has written a story to be proud of and I so look forward to other additions in the Hangman's Daughter series.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Murder in Regensberg 7. Januar 2013
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This series of books, of which this is the third concerning Magdelena the hangman's daughter, are really very well written, and have a solid basis in the time both during and after the Thirty Years' War. In this latest installment, the hangman is summoned to the city of Regensberg to help his sister, who is ill. When he gets there he finds her murdered, and is immediately arrested for the death, and subsequently tortured to get a confession from him. Meanwhile, his daughter and her medicus boyfriend run away from home and head for Regensberg also, coming there in time to search and hopefully solve the murder, and therefore free the hangman.

There's a lot going on here, and quite a few characters, so that at times it's difficult to read through all of the clutter. Be persistent, however, and you will enjoy an extremely well written book with a shocking plot involving the potential destruction of the German Empire.
Just as the main characters have trouble deciding which of the people they meet are trustworthy, the author gives that same conundrum to the reader. The ending, when it comes, is satisfying, and hopefully there will be more books about these very interesting poeple and the time in which they live.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen It goes begging 12. Januar 2013
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In the third installment of the historical mystery series featuring Magdalena Kuisl, the hangman's daughter, Oliver Potzsch shifts the location to Regensburg, a bustling German city awaiting a meeting of the most powerful members of the German Empire.

Potzsch has descended quickly to a formula, and one that has become tiresome in rather short order. His checklist includes gruesome scenes of physical torture, the misogynistic views of 17th century Germany, the fight-to-the-death scene featuring Jakob Kuisl, the hangman, the shrill lovers' tiff between Magdalena and her diminutive lover Simon Fronweiser, and a subterranean world. Readers of the three books in the series get a distinct whiff of "been there, done that."

The premise had promise: Jakob is lured to Regensburg by a letter that states his sister is sick and may be dying. Instead he is framed for her murder and tortured by the Regensburg hangman, a neat plot turnabout. The substrata of Regensburg's population is people by beggars, thieves, prostitutes and cripples, all led by Nathan the Wise, THE BEGGAR KING of the title. Nathan, ever a tribute to the German penchant for organization and order, rules over these misfits as if they were a guild. Magdalena and Simon also leave Schongau to travel to Regensburg, in order to start a new life. As the daughter of the hangman she and Simon cannot marry, as her station in life is distinctly that of the untermensch. Magdalena is also being harassed by one of the town fathers who has whipped the ignorant into a frenzy in a misdirected retribution over the death of a maid.

Once in Regensburg the couple discovers that Jakob is in jail, convicted of a double murder, which under Carolingian law must be supported by a confession. They are soon accused of murder and arson and thus begin an extended chase scene as they avoid just about everyone. Toss in inept bailiffs, a suspicious alderman and a bald-headed henchman, freemen plotting a republican overthrow of the government, and a foppish Venetian count and you have the makings of an entertaining read.

THE BEGGAR KING does offer a few neat plot twists, though it doesn't take much to unravel them. The sense of place and time were a bit distorted by the use of rather modern language. That might be laid at the feet of the translator of this German novel. As contrast, C.J. Sansom of the Matthew Shardlake series never seems to put a foot wrong.

Not Potzsch's best.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another 5 star book 30. Dezember 2012
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If you like murder mysteries and history you will probably really like Plotzsch's books. Not only is his protagonist-- Jakob Kuisl-- very amusing, wry and clever, but the author's descriptions of the towns, social structure and historical backdrop are fantastic.

I know that several reviewers of "The Dark Monk" (the 2nd in this series) said they thought there were problems with translation or anachronisms. I did not find that to be the case in either book-- at least not in any way that detracted from the story. If you are going to read a book about a hangman sleuthing in the 17th century then you are already prepared to suspend disbelief to a certain extent. I think a lot of the dialog sounds like what you might have heard from oafish peasants of the period. And if Jakob and his close associates are a little more erudite than you would have encountered, well, that makes them all the more amusing.

Jakob is rapidly becoming one of my favorites and his supporting characters are also very engaging-- Simon grows on you over time. This was a good, page-turning read that I highly recommend to people who like the writing styles of Cruz Smith and Adler-Olsen (even though his are contemporary).
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Similar to the other 2 books, don't bother! 21. Februar 2013
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I read the first book ("The Hangman's Daughter") and enjoyed, though I would not call it "historical fiction".
The second book ("The Dark Monk") was not as good as the first but still enjoyable; the story line was similar to the first book but the focus of the story was shifted to other characters.
The third book simply reads like a rehash of the other 2 books; I felt like I was reading the same story with the same characters in similar situations and after chapter 2 I realized I was simply wasting my time. I wish I hadn't pre-ordered this book, it is deja-vu all over again.
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