The Bloodletter's Daughter

The Bloodletter's Daughter

A Novel of Old Bohemia

Book - 2012
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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 embodies the women pictured in the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was his 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.
Publisher: Las Vegas, NV : Amazon Pub., 2012
ISBN: 9781612184654
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAFFERTY 2012
Characteristics: xiii, 490 p. ; 21 cm


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Set in Prague and outer Bohemia in the early seventeenth century, the book’s backdrop is at once dazzling and gloomy. An embarrassment and a liability to his sophisticated father, Don Julius is exiled to a remote village, where he becomes obsessed with Marketa Pichler, an educated and ambitious b... Read More »

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Feb 01, 2014

Excellently written story based on historical figures in the early 1600s. I do like historical novels, but had not known much about the Czechoslovakia and Hungary of this time period! I especially liked the intelligence and strength of the central female character, Marketa. The roles of women of the time is also fascinating. The king's son, Don Julius, is obviously schizophrenic, a condition that even today is misunderstood and difficult to treat!
The other characters are also very interesting, especially Marketa's father (the bloodletter) and the other physicians and historical figures of the time who play prominent roles. I'm not sure if Annabella, the witch who helps Marketa, was a real person, but she plays a great role in this story!
A fascinating read.
If you enjoy this story you may also find the series by Oliver Pötzsch, interesting (The Hangman's Daughter is the first book) which takes place in Bavaria in the mid 10600s.


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