The Beggar King : Hangman's Daughter

  • by Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: Hangman's Daughter
  • 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- ginny

An engaging tale of medieval mystery

I've become very fond of Mr Potzsch's books. His Schongau hangman and assorted members of his family, adversaries and colleagues are very well drawn. This book is the one I have enjoyed the most so far. The story moves to another wonderful German city and engages us with another hangman, who has a major dilemma for all concerned. My favourite new character in this novel was the Venetian ambassador, so excellently characterised right to the final chapter. As always, Grover Gardner's narration is impeccable. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.
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- hellkatjen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio