"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 … see full wiki
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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