- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: AmazonCrossing (7 Dec. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935597051
- ISBN-13: 978-1935597056
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (437 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,467,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hangman's Daughter (A Hangman's Daughter Tale) Paperback – 7 Dec 2010
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He lives in Munich with his family.
About the Author
Oliver Pötzsch spent a number of years as a radio personality for Bavarian Radio and is himself a descendant of a well-known line of Bavarian executioners.
Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician, college professor, and owner of a language translation company in Massachusetts. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and has been an active member of the American Translators Association since 1970. His translated works to date are primarily in the areas of music, art, language, history and general literature. Most recently this includes The Settlers of Catan by Rebecca Gablé, a historical novel about the Vikings and their search for a new world (2005) and The Copper Sign by Katja Fox, a medieval adventure in 12th-century England and France (2009) as well as numerous short stories. He presently serves as an editor for the American Arthritis Association newsletter and editor-in-chief of the ALTA News of the American Literary Translators Association. As a scholar and student of both history and languages, especially Middle High German, he was especially drawn to the work of Oliver Pötzsch, author of the best-selling novel die Henkerstochter (The Hangman's Daughter) a compelling and colorful description of customs and life, including love, murder, superstitions, witchery and political intrigue during early 17th-century Germany in a small Bavarian city.
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Briefly the plot involves the discovery of a dying and tattooed orphan, who is pulled from the river. Suspicion falls on the local midwife, who has delivered Kuisl's own children. It will be his responsibility to torture her to extract a confession. Convinced that she is not to blame Kuisl and his daughter, helped by Simon who is daughter's boyfriend, set out to find the real culprit. Meanwhile more children disappear, which casts further suspicion on the midwife. The race is therefore on to solve these crimes, before hysteria about witchcraft results in the execution at the stake, not just of the midwife, but of other innocent local women.
Jakob Kuisl is the very interesting central character rather than the hangman's daughter, Magdalena as the title would have suggested. He is a reluctant executioner and torturer, who has to psyche himself up with drink before performing his duties. He behaves with sympathy and compassion towards those who he has to deal with, and does his best to spare them mental and physical suffering often using his skills as a herbalist.Read more ›
As it stands, it's a good story (that would also make a good film), however, it will win no literary prizes!
Schongau, a small German town recovering from the ravages of the 30 Years War finds its fragile prosperity and economy threatened by accusations of witchcraft after a young boy is dragged dying from the town's river with a mysterious Venus mark tattoo.
The Schongau's hangman, Jakob Kuisl, is tasked with clearing up the matter quickly, irrespective of evidence or guilt, by the council eager to avoid any unrest. As Jakob investigates, aided by Magdelena, the eponymous daughter and the town's underestimated young doctor.
The Hangman's Daughter is an entertaining and easy read. Potzsch includes enough description to allow the reader to visualise but doesn't overcomplicate the story or setting and as a result it it much more accessible and enjoyable than more serious books from the medieval mystery genre such as The Name of the Rose or The Instance of the Fingerpost.
The narrative rattles along quite well and the characters are well defined and easy to distinguish. An dramatis personae is included at the front for easy reference should you forget or become confused. The Uncorrected Proof edition I had excluded the Schongau map and the author/translator biogs, but as space is left on headed pages I would assume they wii be included in the published version. The translation form the original German works well and flows in English
Overall, I liked this book a lot. Good story, good characters, a bit of intrigue and a medieval setting. Not at all bad! 4 stars, recommended read.
If Oliver Pötzsch has paid someone to do the translation for him he should demand his money back. If he's written this slang into an historical novel then he should go back to being a journalist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Different story & one I enjoyed but maybe a bit to drawn out . Would read another one of the authors though.Published 2 days ago by Ms D H S
Thought I would try the set as we're on my kindle offesr enjoyed the first book getting to know the main characters overall enjoyed it fee the hangman is a bit of an enigma... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Red
Fascinating twisting tale showing the hidden greed and motives in a small German town - historical in setting but all too current!Published 20 days ago by Sally Morawetz
This was certainly a very interesting and gripping read, and would recommend to anyone.Published 23 days ago by dotrev
Great book, really enjoyed it, have bought the rest of the Hangman's daughter books!Published 24 days ago by Mommafish65
I enjoyed this book but at times it was a little too long and wandering. At times it was excit g. A good readPublished 25 days ago by Sylvia