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The Bloodletter's Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Lafferty
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Within the glittering Hapsburg court in Prague lurks a darkness of which no one dares speak…

In 1606, the city of Prague shines as a golden mecca of art and culture carefully cultivated by Emperor Rudolf II. But the emperor hides an ugly secret: His bastard son, Don Julius, is afflicted with a madness that pushes the young prince to unspeakable depravity. Desperate to stem his son’s growing number of scandals, the emperor exiles Don Julius to a remote corner of Bohemia where the young man is placed in the care of a bloodletter named Pichler. The bloodletter’s task: cure Don Julius of his madness by purging the vicious humors coursing through his veins.

When Pichler brings his daughter Marketa to assist him, she becomes the object of Don Julius’s frenzied—and dangerous—obsession. To him, she is the embodiment of the women pictured in the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was the mad prince’s only link to sanity. As the prince descends further into the darkness of his mind, his acts become ever more desperate, as Marketa, both frightened and fascinated, can’t stay away.

Inspired by a real-life murder that threatened to topple the powerful Hapsburg dynasty, The Bloodletter’s Daughter is a dark and richly detailed saga of passion and revenge.

About the Author

The daughter of a naval commander, Linda Lafferty attended fourteen different schools growing up, ultimately graduating from the University of Colorado with a master’s degree and a PhD in education. Her peripatetic childhood nourished a lifelong love of travel, and she studied abroad in England, France, Mexico, and Spain. Her uncle introduced her to the sport of polo when she was just ten years old, and she enjoys playing to this day. She also competed on the Lancaster University Riding Team in England in stadium jumping, cross country, and dressage. A veteran school educator, she juggled teaching and horse training while writing this book. She lives in Colorado.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1941 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (4 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R6WCJC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The daughter of a naval commander, Linda Lafferty attended fourteen different schools growing up, ultimately graduating from the University of Colorado with a master's degree and a PhD in education. Her peripatetic childhood nourished a lifelong love of travel, and she studied abroad in England, France, Mexico, and Spain. Her uncle introduced her to the sport of polo when she was just ten years old, and she enjoys playing to this day. She also competed on the Lancaster University Riding Team in England in stadium jumping, cross country, and dressage. A veteran school educator, she juggled teaching and horse training while writing The Bloodletter's Daughter. She lives in Colorado.

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) Madness, medicine and murder 23 Sep 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Set between 1606-1608 in Bohemia, this is an entertaining though rather uncomplicated story of madness, lust, obsession, and murder.

On the plus side, this is told in a clear and vivid fashion, and the history is smoothed out to be immediately accessible and understandable to readers who might know nothing about seventeenth century Europe.

On the not so positive side, however, there are various flaws in the book: it's too long, for one, and everything unrolls in a very slow fashion. Some of the writing is laughably clichéd: girls are `sweet and defenceless', men are `beasts'; men `roar' when they're angry, villains `snicker' quite a lot. Our heroine, in typical popular historical novel fashion, has modern career ambitions and wants to be a doctor.

My biggest irritation is the familiar use of contemporary Americanisms (`fall' for autumn, the ubiquitous `gotten') which destroy any historical atmosphere; and linguistic anachronisms which jarred me immediately out of the seventeenth century - particularly noticeable are a coarse slang word for semen which doesn't come into use in this sense until 1890, men who are described as `randy' (not in use till 1961), and - my favourite - `she pulled off his pants and folded them'... err, not in 1606 she didn't.

Not everyone will be bothered by things like this, I know, but they served to destroy the atmosphere and illusion of the seventeenth century that the narrative was at pains to build. So a mixed response from me: at heart, there is an entertaining read here, no literary masterpiece but a colourful and interesting story - 3.5 stars.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel.... 10 Sep 2012
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Linda Lafferty's first novel, "The Bloodletter's Daughter", is an excellent, if not slightly too long, book that takes the reader back to the early 17th century in Bohemia. I picked the book as a Vine choice last month because of the time and setting. Lafferty writes her story in a time where religion and politics played an equal part in people's lives. The Habsburg's ruled Bohemia as part of their empire but possession of the land, and that of Hungary to the south, was contested by the oft-invading Ottoman Turks. Also, though the predominant religion was Catholic, the various Protestant faiths had made inroads in central Europe. The Thirty Years War would begin in 1618, a direct result of the religious contention within the Holy Roman Empire, and leave the area in ruins through warfare and disease.

"The Bloodletter's Daughter" is set in the real village of Cesky Krumlov in 1606. The mad, illegitimate son of the Habsburg emperor Rudolf II - himself considered extremely eccentric - was imprisoned by his father in the castle overlooking the village. Don Julius was considered insane - today maybe he'd be seen as bi-polar - and his manic phases constituted a danger to himself and those around him. Locked away in the castle, he was being treated by his father's doctors and priests, primarily through "bleeding" Julius with leeches. Relieving the humours, they thought, would relieve his manic actions. The bloodletter's daughter, Marketa, was a local beauty who also wanted to learn medicine and was her father's assistant in his practice. Since she was also her her mother's assistant at the family's village bathhouse, she was also quite conversant with anatomy.

Linda Lafferty is quite knowledgeable about the politics of the time.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historical research 5* entertainment value 3* 22 Oct 2012
By JK TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a novel of two parts. The historical research and scene setting are great. Linda Lafferty has a real talent and has bought 17th century Bohemia to life. Her scenes in the bathhouse are steamy, in more ways than one, as the heat of filthy male bodies mingles with the smell of sweet herbs and ale. There's such a strong sense of reality surrounding the place, the people, the era but; the characterisations are weak and, in places, the plot breaks away from it's origins and becomes more of a bodice ripper than a fiction based on fact. I had the feeling all of the history had been carefully, meticulously, gathered together then, for some unknown reason, thrown into the most convenient plot possible. The difference between the historical research and the raunchy, shallow plot are massively at odds with one another and, unfortunately, it shows. Maybe that's because it goes on for too long. At 512 pages this is something of an epic and possibly padded out too much, for example:- the subject of Marketa's virginity recurs over and over, then over and over, then over and over.....it's so repetitive, I found myself flipping the pages and thinking "not again!!!". I wanted to enjoy The Bloodletter's Daughter and, in parts, it's a great read but I'm 50/50.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars caution needed with this book 15 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this quite entertaining but it would not nevertheless
Be everybody's ideal reading matter.why must it be 15 word for a review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 10 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Trashy love story about an unrealistic heroine.Supposedly well researched, but Elizabeth I was not reigning England in 1605 - she died in 1603.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted more... 27 Sep 2013
By Zoe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was rather disappointed with this book.

After purchasing, I took a bit of time to research the myth behind the story. It sounded gruesome, interesting and very sad. So with that I expected a riveting tale filled with action, good discription and some moving scenes- a dark tale of perverse love. Unfortunately there wasnt any of that...and the ending was a complete let down!

Good story material sadly let down by the authors lack of imagination.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Languid but has merit
This is what I can best describe as a languid read or to be more blunt - rather slow. The straightforward nature of the plot doesn't help. Read more
Published 4 days ago by D. P. Mankin
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting
Poor little Marketta. LUCKY in those days not to have been raped before but how horrific when it happened. SPELLBINDING
Published 9 days ago by Ibble
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I really enjoyed this book as it was easy to disappear into the era it was set it. Very well written with twists a d turns to keep you reading.
Published 18 days ago by Clare Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book - really enjoying it!
I really like Linda Lafferty's writing style and the historical detail in this book makes you feel as if you can see and smell the sights and sounds of old Bohemia. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Sweet Suzy
4.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic read
A great read for anyone who is interested in the history and customs of Bohemia, historical fact blended with a gripping story.
Published 29 days ago by robin kirkland
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical
A gripping tale and history lesson too !! Very descriptive and the build up of tension was quite brilliant !!Loved it .
Published 1 month ago by Sue K
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I had read her book on Elizabeth Bathory and enjoyed it. This book is by far the better. The story flows beautifully and tells a tale of every mortal fear and vice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Purdy
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bloodletters daughter
I have not read it, but hope to do shortly, I will let you know when I have read it.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. S. Durden
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A period of history I was unfamiliar with, this story interested me. A slow tale building in intensity. I enjoyed this once I got into it
Published 4 months ago by N. M. Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars educational
this is another one of the books that is hard to describe but grips you from the first page and would highly recommend
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