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The Beggar King

(Die Henkerstochter #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  13,324 ratings  ·  897 reviews
The year is 1662. Alpine village hangman Jakob Kuisl receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. Arrested and framed for the murder, Kuisl faces firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

Jakob’s daughter, Magdalena, and a young medicus named Simon hasten to hi
Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Mariner Books (first published November 8th 2010)
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Lillia It just had a name change to The Poisoned Pilgrim. I checked the beginning of that book and it's the same as the excerpt. Though given it's been two…moreIt just had a name change to The Poisoned Pilgrim. I checked the beginning of that book and it's the same as the excerpt. Though given it's been two months since you asked, I assume you already figured this out.(less)
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Tim The Enchanter
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Not Up to Par with the Rest - 3 Stars

The third installment of the popular Hangman's Daughter series, is, in my opinion, the weakest offering to date. The novel lacked some of the clever storytelling of the two previous novels and the chirpy relationship between the characters started to become tiring. While I still recommend the series, this installment is average at best.

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Jakob Kuisl, our loveable hangman, torturer, herbalist and garbage collec
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jakob Kuisl (the grumpy hangman from Schongau and my favorite character of the series) receives a letter in which he is told that his sister in Regensburg is seriously ill. Kuisl makes his way to the big Imperial City far away (two weeks by raft) to find his sister and brother-in-law brutally murdered. The hangman gets arrested for murder and, in order to receive a confession, subsequently tortured by his colleague from Regensburg. Those were the legal proceedings in 17ᵗʰ century (summer of 1662 ...more
Maya Panika
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent offering from Oliver Pötzsch, another great translation by Lee Chadeayne. I'm not going into the details of the plot of this, the third in the series; you can read the synopsis for that. Suffice to say, it's another wonderful read. A plot that's just complex enough to keep you turning pages, set in glorious locations, peopled by characters that completely draw you in and include you in their world.
I've become a massive fan of this series. It is simply the best thing I've read i
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
As I was reading this one, I couldn't help but wonder if I'm supposed to like Magdalena. I am all for headstrong independent women, but this time I thought she was condescending, rude, and belligerent throughout the whole book. And Simon's character felt very weak... just meekly accepting whatever she said and did! I couldn't understand what was keeping the two of them together... there was no working together, no compromise, nothing that felt like an actual relationship.
Also, I'm not sure if it
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well done!

I like the Kusil clan - their adventures.

I enjoy reading about their stubborness, their humor, intelligence and even with the terrible job (profession) the sense of what is right and just.

Looking forward to book #4.
Okay, so I created a reading crime because I read the third book of this series WAY before I even read the second book. WHY? Well, for a certain reading challenge this book was called for me to read. So being me.. I read it without hesitation or regrets.

The Beggar King was a pretty good addition to this series. Now it's been a while since I've read the first book and fell in love with the character .. so unfortunately for me, this book started off slow but that's mostly my fault. However, once I
As with the previous books in this series, I felt that this was overly long but I did like the fact that the hangman's daughter played a bigger role in this entry.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Beggar King, is the third book in Oliver Pötzsch's "A Hangman's Daughter Tail" series. While still retaining the energy of the first two books, it lacked plausibility. Granted, this is fiction, and while the settings and much of the background details are historical, much of the language the author used was too contemporary and unbelievable. This was a huge distraction for me. Set in the mid 1600's, I hardly think anyone would be telling someone to "shove it" as one of the principle characte ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that when you finish them you are content or uplifted or angry or inspired. Then there are books that you just don't want to end because they are so good. The Begger King is one of those for me. This third in The Hangman's Daughter series is the best so far. The hangman goes to a large city to help save his dying sister. When he gets there he finds she and her husband with their throats cut. He is arrested for the crime and finds what it is like to be on the receiving end of ...more
Christy Griffith
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this 3 and 1/2 stars if that were an option, but obviously it ain't.

Not a bad book at all, but Potzsch falls into the trap of having his villains spill everything out all wicked-like at the end; I could just imagine them twisting their mustaches and cackling wildly while doing so. Not cool. More SHOW, less TELL, please... (view spoiler)
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Beth Heredia
The Beggar King was uber-fun to read, not to mention thrilling. I got off to a slow start because life happens, but once I got on a roll I finished the book in two days. As with all good things, the time it takes to read a great book flies too fast. I always get to the end of the book and wish there were more pages to turn. Then there are the books I have to drag myself through. Those loathsome buggers feel like this: You know that feeling when you awake on a Wednesday morning, thinking it's Fri ...more
Sue Nelson
The third book in the series and I am still enjoying reading about the 1660s. This time the hangman, Jakob Kuisl, goes down the river to a large city to help his ailing sister. The ruse that brought Jakob away from home unfolds immediately and he is imprisoned. For various reasons his daughter and her lover, the medicus, run away from home and also go to the same city.

Two story threads run through this book, the one about Jakob trying to uncover why he has been set upon and the other involving
I'm a HUGE fan of this series - I think what appeals to me is the mystery/historical realistic fiction genre. For some reason it's rarely done well. This series is a dream come true. I absolutely adore the Kuisl family (hangman) despite the fact he tortures people for a living. I love the rebel Simon (almost Doctor) despite the fact he can be a dolt. And I adore Magdalena (the hangman's daughter) who has fire, spirit, and doesn't relegate herself to a damsel in distress role. For the 17th centur ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Oliver Potzsch's "Hangman's Daughter" series of bloody detective novels set in mid-17th-century Bavaria. Whatever skills Potzsch may lack as a stylist (which may or may not be more the responsibility of the translator, Lee Chadeayne, who translated the German novel to English) he more than makes up for with his ability to create gut-busting, bloody detective stories in a world where he has mastery over the setting.

In "The Beggar King," we retun to the small Bavarian village of
Susan Johnson
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like historical mysteries so I was eager to read this book in the Hangman's Daughter series. This is the first one I've read but I didn't feel like I was missing any information I needed to enjoy the novel. In fact, it dealt with the Hangman's past so I figured I was learning with everybody else. I have actually been to Regensburg so I was really looking forward to the book and I was not disappointed.

The Hangman, Jakob Kuisl (thank heavens I didn't have to pronounce that) is called to R
Joyce Lagow
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in The Hangman's Daughter series.

Jakob has just left for Regensburg, a Free City that is the Imperial seat of the German Empire; he has received a letter from his sister's husband, telling Jakob that his sister is very ill. Magdalena can no longer tolerate the suspicion and hostility that she faces as a member of the family of a hangman. She persuades Simon to run away with her to Regensburg; unbeknownst to her mother and, of course, her father, she and Simon steal away at midnight.

Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of the series that I read and I'll definitely go back and read the previous ones. It's historical fiction though real characters aren't prominent - and tend to be people you haven't heard of anyway.

The series concerns the family of a Hangman - in the Germany that was set in, someone who was pretty near the bottom of society and functioned as the hangman, torturer, trash (umm to put it politely) remover and also a healer. Strange brew.

This novel finds the hangman's daughter and
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
I love this series. Magdalena, the Hangman's Daughter, is a delight. She is not perfect, but she is beautiful, which she finds out when she finally is put in front of a good mirror in the house of an evil man. As an outcast, someone whom the entire town disdains because of her position, she is forced to be introspective and perceptive, in spite of her natural disposition to be assertive and a handful. Simon, the son of the town doctor, is her brilliant, learned, and less than courageous companio ...more
John Hughes
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am hooked on Oliver Potzsch! This is the third Hangman's Daughter book I have read and Mr Potzsch has yet to disappoint in the adventures of Hangman's family. His pattern with this series seems to start with a mystery that envelops the Kuisl family and Simon. At times they volunteer for the adventure and at other times, they have no choice but rest assured, the action and danger are non-stop. The characters are very well developed and I look forward to getting my hands on the next book in the ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beggar King by Oliver Potzsch takes us back to the German empire in the year of 1662 and the lives of the Hangman and his family in their remote village in the Alps.

Jakob Kuisl, the Hangman of Shongau, receives a letter from his beloved sister asking him to come to the great city of Regensburg. Jakob has not seen his sister in many years, ever since she left their small village behind and followed the man she would marry to the city. But the life of the family of a hangman is one filled wit
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
I have read the two “Hangman’s Daughter Tale” books that were released before this one and had mixed reactions to them. There has been a lot I have liked and a lot I haven’t, and I remember them with both fond memories of good adventures, but also some wasted potential. I decided to dig into the third book early this year.

Jakob Kuisl is the hangman of the town of Schongau, Germany in AD 1662. The story begins as he travels to Regensburg to visit his sick sister (Kuisl being a gifted heale
Zoe Hall
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
'The city out there's like a ravenous beast ... Everyday she devours a few more, and it isn't always the villains'.

This is my third foray into the world of Regensburg. I love these stories and will continue to read the other books in the series but I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous two.
I'm not saying it isn't a good book because as always it's a great read, I just didn't find the story as interesting as the others. I enjoy the characterisation and the themes covered in the stor
Clare Smith
Maybe because I haven't read the first two books of the series but I felt this book was a bit lacking. Hard to put my finger on it. Great setting, believable historically, a cast of thousands almost but the story somehow skips along from one tele novella scene to the next. And I just feel a bit let down
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery and travel guide all in one.

I continue to enjoy the hangman, his daughter, the Medicis, even Lechner and his pencil pushing, micromanagement of Schongau. The travel guides at the end of the second and third novels are an unexpected delight.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More and more I fall in love with the Kuisls more and more each time I read one of these books. Am looking forward to the next adventure they will be going on.
Lisa Hofmann
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as captivating as the first one, but still a completely enjoyable read. I loved the insights I got into life in the big towns of that time, subcultures, and the 30-years-war.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⭐
I really like this book, even though there are some, not so positive reviews. Also, I understand the lackluster ones. It wasn't quite on par with the other 2 in the series so far.

That being said, book 4 is on my bookcase and I will be reading it at some point. I love that we got a glimpse into both Jakob and his wifes back story. I love the way he writes the interaction between characters. All in all a great series with a very lovable and relatable cast of characters.
Matt Schiariti
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jakob Kuisl is summoned away from home when he receives a letter from his sister. She's deathly ill. The Shongau hangman travels for weeks to her new home in order to help only to find she and her husband brutally murdered, their throats slit in their own bathhouse. To make matters worse, the city guard storm in on Jakob as he's holding his dead sister in his hands. He's instantly guilty and subject to torture at the hands of the the city hangman, finally experiencing what he's been doing for so ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read the first in this series, "The Hangman's Daughter," and liked it, but didn't love it. I decided to give the series another try. I liked the characters in general, the time frame of the 1650-60s, and the general idea of a village executioner, his daughter and "quack" doctor solving murder mysteries. I'm so glad I gave the series another shot.

I skipped the second offering in the series, but this third entry was so much better than the first, I have been swayed to the executioner's side and
The Beggar King is the 3rd book in the Hangman's Daughter series by German author Oliver Pötzsch. It's an excellent historical mystery series and I've enjoyed every book so far.
Jacob Kuisl is the Hangman for the town of Shongau. He also provides medicines for the people of the town. Has daughter Magdalena is a fiery, outspoken person who works with the local midwife (some call her a witch) learning about herbs and medicines. Her boyfriend, Simon, is the son of the local doctor and he has taken m
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Oliver Pötzsch is a German writer and filmmaker. After high school he attended the German School of Journalism in Munich from 1992 to 1997. He then worked for Radio Bavaria. In addition to his professional activities in radio and television, Pötzsch researched his family history. He is a descendant of the Kuisle, from the 16th to the 19th Century a famous dynasty of executioners in Schongau.

Other books in the series

Die Henkerstochter (7 books)
  • The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
  • The Dark Monk (The Hangman's Daughter, #2)
  • The Poisoned Pilgrim (The Hangman's Daughter, #4)
  • The Werewolf of Bamberg (The Hangman's Daughter, # 5)
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