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    DescriptionMagdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangman's son--except that the town physician's son is hopelessly in love with her. And her father's wisdom and empathy are as unusual as his despised profession. It is 1659, the Thirty Years' War has finally ended, and there hasn't been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin. Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she is innocent, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor to race against the clock to find the true killer. Approaching Walpurgisnacht, when witches are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil, another tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied. More than one person has spotted what looks like the devil--a man with a hand made only of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctor's son face a terrifying and very real enemy. Taking us back in history to a place where autopsies were blasphemous, coffee was an exotic drink, dried toads were the recommended remedy for the plague, and the devil was as real as anything, "The Hangman's Daughter" brings to cinematic life the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth-century Bavaria, telling the engrossing story of a compassionate hangman who will live on in readers' imaginations long after they've put down the novel.


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    Title
    The Hangman's Daughter
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oliver Pötzsch, Translated by Lee Chadeayne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 435
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780547745015
    ISBN 10: 054774501X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FH
    DC22: FIC
    BIC E4L: CRI
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: FM
    Libri: I-FM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 69
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 19
    DC21: 833.92
    B&T Approval Code: A24323050
    BISAC V2.8: FIC022060, FIC031000
    BIC subject category V2: FFH
    DC22: 833/.92
    LC classification: PT2676.O895 H4613 2011
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Edition statement
    Reprint, Reissue
    Illustrations note
    maps
    Publisher
    Cengage Learning, Inc
    Imprint name
    HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
    Publication date
    02 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Boston
    Review quote
    "Readers who like a plot-driven story with identifiable heroes and villains will be drawn to this ambitious novel. And unlike some stories in the genre, "The Hangman's Daughter" only gets better as the climax approaches -- an exciting duel between the hangman and his nemesis. It truly delivers the thing so many of us look for in our novels: entertainment." --"BookPage" "This work seamlessly merges brutality and compassion, and its elegant plot, appealing characters and satisfying conclusion will keep the reader wide awake and turning pages well into the night." -- Shelf Awareness for Readers "The translator has done very well by the author; both setting and characters are vividly drawn, making for a compelling read . . . Based on the author's research into his own family history, this novel offers a rare glimpse into a less commonly seen historical setting. If you liked Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose", give this a try." --"Library Journal Xpress""[Potzsch's] novel reads quite vividly . . . Based on the author's family history, this excellent story brings 17th-century Bavaria alive with all its fears, superstitions and politics. Jacob Kuisl is not your ordinary hangman, and readers will root for him and his search for the truth. There's enough 'unreality' in the evil of superstitions that this novel may appeal to fantasy readers, and the twists and turns of the plot will appeal to mystery fans."--"School Library Journal" "A brilliantly-researched and exciting story of a formative era of history when witches were hunted and the inquisitors had little belief in their methods beyond their effect in pacifying superstitious townspeople . . . Potzsch, actually descended from a line of hangmen, delivers a fantastically fast-paced read, rife with details on the social and power structures in the town as well as dichotomy between university medicine and the traditional remedies, which are skillfully communicated through character interactions, particularly that
    Back cover copy
    "Simon turned the boy on his belly. With a vigorous tug he ripped open the shirt on the back as well. A groan went through the crowd. Beneath one shoulder blade there was a palm-size sign of a kind that Simon had never seen before--a washed-out purple circle with a cross protruding from the bottom: ♀ " For a moment, there was total silence on the pier. Then the first screams rose. "Witchcraft! There's witchcraft involved!" Somebody bawled: "The witches have come back to Schongau! They're getting our kids!" ""
    Flap copy
    Martha Stechlin's Life Was Not Worth a Penny Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangman's son. Except the town physician's son is hopelessly in love with her, and her father's wisdom and empathy are as unusual as his despised profession.It is 1659, the Thirty Years' War has finally ended, and there hasn't been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin. Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she is innocent, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor race against the clock to find the true killer. Approaching Walpurgisnacht, when witches are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil, another tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied. More than one person has spotted what looks like the devil--a man with a hand made only of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctor's son face a terrifying and very real enemy.Taking us back in history to a place where autopsies were blasphemous, coffee was an exotic drink, dried toads were the recommended remedy for the plague, and the devil was as real as anything, "The Hangman's Daughter" brings to cinematic life the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth-century Bavaria, telling the engrossing story of a compassionate hangman who will live on in readers' imaginations long after they've put down the novel.