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The Beggar King (UK Edition) (A Hangman's Daughter Tale) Paperback – 8 Jan 2013

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (8 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612185991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612185996
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2013
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1662. In Regensburg sister Lisbeth is gravely ill. At once Schongau's hangman Jakub Kuisl sets off to try cure her. It is a trap, he arrested on trumped up charges and destined for much suffering. Feisty daughter Magdalena, lover doctor's son Simon in tow, vows to save him. Whom to trust in this city so full of colourful characters and surprises? What hope for the three with villains so determined?

One senses throughout Oliver Potzsch is thoroughly enjoying himself, tongue firmly in cheek as cliffhangers abound and exploits grow ever more preposterous. Here are ghosts from the past, spies spying on spies, even a plot to change the course of history. Prominent is charismatic beggar Nathan the Wise, king of the catacombs, but exactly whose side is he on?

It is all great, if gory, fun - best enjoyed by readers who enter into the spirit of the thing. Especially relished is the sparring between formidable Magdalena and diminutive Simon - he once such a dandy, now increasingly a force to be reckoned with.

Almost everything is here in this third book of a stirring series - grandeur, squalor, superstition, unlikely alliances, dramatic (if not always plausible) escapes, so many around not quite what they seem.

As before, Potzsch follows up with a delightfully chatty tour round the places featured - Regensburg a city he loves and, he assures potential visitors, in a far better state than it was then.

A sequel already under way? That is good news indeed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2013
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This review contains no spoilers.

Oliver Potzsch, the author of The Beggar King, is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners and so has an interest in basing his series of historical novels on the hangman of Schongau, Jacob Kuisl and his daughter Magdalena. The book opens with a short prologue set in 1662 during the 30 years war which gives readers a glimpse of what rape and pillaging meant for a peaceful rural community. It is worth noting the names of those involved for they will feature 25 years later in the book we are about to read.

Jakob Kuisil leaves his home-town of Schonburg to travel to the regional centre of Regensburg where his sister is reportedly dying of cancer. Back in Schonburg, Jakob's daughter Magdalena has troubles of her own. Her boyfriend Simon is a partially-qualified medical doctor and between the two of them they have uncovered corruption in the home of a city dignitary who has poisoned one of his maids who he made pregnant. When Magdalena's home is attacked and burnt, the two lovers decide to follow Magdalena's father to Regensburg to try to make a new life for themselves, not knowing that they are going to get embroiled in a much bigger scandal behind the heavily guarded walls of the city.

Oliver Pptzsch is a very fine story-teller. The book moves along at a fast pace, swapping back and forth between Jakob and Magdalena's stories as they get more deeply involved in the crimes and conflicts of the city.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Petra Bryce VINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2013
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Jakob Kuisl, the Schongau hangman, is on his way to Regensburg to visit his gravely ill sister. As he tries to enter the city, he is detained by the guards and has to spend the night in a cell. In the morning, as he enters the bathhouse that his brother-in-law and sister keep, he finds their bodies with their throats slit and the guards ready to arrest him minutes after the grisly discovery; someone had obviously tipped them off. With everyone convinced of his guilt, he is thrown into the city dungeon where he is awaiting torture before inevitable execution. It falls to Kuisl's daughter Magdalena and her lover Simon, fleeing the Schongau inhabitants' narrow-mindedness, to prove his innocence. Little do they know that they are about to stumble on a clever revenge plot centring on Magdalena's father, one that might have dangerous consequences for the entire German Empire.

This is already the third instalment in The Hangman's Daughter series but the first I read. It feels impeccably researched and the long chapters build up the atmosphere of Regensburg in the middle of the 17th century very well, yet, by the same token, they also reveal the novel's notable lengths; the book definitely feels 100 pages too long. There is a lot of fleeing from one point of refuge to another through a warren of back streets and alleyways and one too many rescues from certain death at the very last moment in my opinion, stretching credibility. The characters are mostly well drawn, even if some are teetering precariously close to cliché: the fat brewmaster monk and the fop and ladies' man Italian, for example.
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