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The Bloodletter's Daughter: A Novel of Old Bohemia Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 57 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: September 12, 2012
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099B1WTY
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By JLW VINE VOICE on September 1, 2012
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The Bloodletter's Daughter is a highly engaging read about a period of time that I was not that familiar with. Marketa works with her father helping him as he performs leechings and purges of bad humors through bloodletting. She also helps her mother in the bathhouse, a public bathing house were women often sell more than a good scrub. She loathes being a bathmaid. Her mother pushes her to surrender her virginity to patrons to help feed their family. So far, Marketa has managed to appease her mother by letting the brewer look upon her naked body, but she knows it will not last. She dreams of becoming a serious doctor, like her father. Everything changes when the king's mad son is sent to her town, and her father is asked to help heal him of his madness. What follows is a tale of obsession, madness, and heartache.

When looking at the sheer size of this novel, some people might be leery to start. While it is a long novel, the pages flew by while I read. Through every heartache and humiliation, I could not stop reading Marketa's story. I was fascinated with the time period and how society was structured. The language in this novel was easy to follow, and I never felt confused by who or what was happening. Not only historical fiction fans will be impressed with this novel. The Bloodletter's Daughter will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading a novel with a bit of a bite. If you are looking for some complex retelling of history that has level upon level of metaphors and symbolism, you won't find it here. If you want an interesting read about passion, madness and a strong woman, pick up this novel. Marketa's evolution from victim to hero is a roller coaster ride that was thoroughly enjoyable to read.
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The time is 1599 (though most of the story unfolds beginning in 1605). The place, Prague (and Cesky Krumlov, and Vienna). This rich story about a melancholy king's young, mad son Don Julius and the common (not really) bathmaid, Marketa, who also works with her father, the bloodletter, to help him, doesn't have a dull moment.

The story is easy to follow but has depth and range - the secondary characters (Matthias, King Rudolph's brother, who is anxious to take the crown; Annabella, the red-haired witch/healer and both Marketa's and the king's doctor, Jakub's friend; Katarina, Marketa's young love-struck friend who is forbidden to see her lover; and several others) are vivid, sympathetic characters with stories and lives I cared about. I enjoyed getting a look at the superstitions, beliefs, religious wars and family expectations and pressures of the time, as well as the foods and clothes the people ate and wore.

One of the things I loved most about the book is how the author drew such a captivating, compassionate and believable portrait of Marketa and Don Julius and their situation (relationship? it's difficult to use that word here). It's so easy to despise and criticize the young prince for his violent, abusive and horrific actions. But in Marketa's presence, some bit of mad magic occurs. We see the sad, scared boy within the young man fighting and struggling against the voices, his inner demons, to win and to do the right thing. This little bit of humanity makes it reasonable for smart, ambitious and brave young Marketa, who wants to be a doctor when it's seemingly hopeless for her to achieve such a goal, to have hope, sympathy and compassion for the prince, who is very close to her in age, and handsome and charming at certain moments despite his madness.
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Taking a chance on a new author and WOW! Linda Lafferty did her homework and gets an A+!
Riveting,heroic,terrifying, heartbreaking, also full of hope, compassion, fast paced and in character of the horrors of the the 15th century when women of poverty were not their own.
Main Character: Marketa a very,very young girl in 1605 pushed into working in her mothers bath house, where girls not only bathed the men but were sold by Marketa's mother for their favors. Strong willed Marketa refused her mothers orders to allow any man to touch her. Determined to excel, exteremely learned and literate especillay for a peasant girl,intelligent, and also compassionate, dreaming of being more, much more, someday. She is our victim and our heroine.Enter Don Julius,illigitimate son of a king, rabidly insane,murderer,rapist,lier,drunkard, in general an animal that there was no medicine for in those dark days. By strange events our victim and heroine, and our madman meet. This meeting seals the fates of both of these characters.Now to prevent this review from being a spoiler, I skip the real gripping and breath-holding meat of this enthralling story,leaving it for your discovery, you will thank me for it is so very memorable.
With many townspeople hoping for Marketa, and the help of a couple of dear freinds,one a man of science and medicine, the other a believer in potions and spells and herbs for many uses, Marketa is for a time protected. But when Don Julius is let go from his captivity by the King, he immediately returns to his old ways and rapes one of Marketa's dearest friends. The town people are afraid and beg Marketa to give herself to Don Julius to save their families and their town from his evil, tranny and what will surely be utter destruction.
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