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Product Details

  • Series: Hangman's Daughter (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054799219X
  • ASIN: B00BZELLD0
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,755 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 

Praise for The Dark Monk

"Swift and sure, compelling as any conspiracy theory, persuasive as any spasm of paranoia, The Dark Monk grips you at the base of your skull and doesn't let go."
—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz

"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

About the Author

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.

Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor-in-chief of ALTA News.


More About the Author

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

He lives in Munich with his family.

Photo © Dominik Parzinger.

Customer Reviews

I like historical fiction so I can learn some history with an interesting story.
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This book had so many ins and outs to the plot that I though it was a little too much for this reader to keep track of and as such the story dragged on a bit.
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The story had interesting twists and turns and the characters are well developped and engaging.
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140 of 151 people found the following review helpful By MommaMia VINE VOICE on December 28, 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.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Konopka VINE VOICE on January 7, 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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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tenuto VINE VOICE on January 12, 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.
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Luckyclucker VINE VOICE on December 30, 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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