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The Bloodletter's Daughter [Format Kindle]

Linda Lafferty
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Within the glittering Hapsburg court in Prague lurks a darkness of which no one dares speak…

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 is the embodiment of the women pictured in the Coded Book of Wonder, a priceless manuscript from the imperial library that was the mad prince’s 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.

Biographie de l'auteur

The daughter of a naval commander, Linda Lafferty attended fourteen different schools growing up, ultimately graduating from the University of Colorado with a master’s degree and a PhD in education. Her peripatetic childhood nourished a lifelong love of travel, and she studied abroad in England, France, Mexico, and Spain. Her uncle introduced her to the sport of polo when she was just ten years old, and she enjoys playing to this day. She also competed on the Lancaster University Riding Team in England in stadium jumping, cross country, and dressage. A veteran school educator, she juggled teaching and horse training while writing this book. She lives in Colorado.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1941 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 513 pages
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (4 septembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007R6WCJC
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gripping 24 juillet 2014
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difficult to start, the story starts to grip you and the book is hard to put down. a historical spellbinder to keep the reader enthralled.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Obsession and madness make this an interesting read 2 septembre 2012
Par JLW - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Bloodletter's Daughter is a highly engaging read about a period of time that I was not that familiar with. Marketa works with her father helping him as he performs leechings and purges of bad humors through bloodletting. She also helps her mother in the bathhouse, a public bathing house were women often sell more than a good scrub. She loathes being a bathmaid. Her mother pushes her to surrender her virginity to patrons to help feed their family. So far, Marketa has managed to appease her mother by letting the brewer look upon her naked body, but she knows it will not last. She dreams of becoming a serious doctor, like her father. Everything changes when the king's mad son is sent to her town, and her father is asked to help heal him of his madness. What follows is a tale of obsession, madness, and heartache.

When looking at the sheer size of this novel, some people might be leery to start. While it is a long novel, the pages flew by while I read. Through every heartache and humiliation, I could not stop reading Marketa's story. I was fascinated with the time period and how society was structured. The language in this novel was easy to follow, and I never felt confused by who or what was happening. Not only historical fiction fans will be impressed with this novel. The Bloodletter's Daughter will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading a novel with a bit of a bite. If you are looking for some complex retelling of history that has level upon level of metaphors and symbolism, you won't find it here. If you want an interesting read about passion, madness and a strong woman, pick up this novel. Marketa's evolution from victim to hero is a roller coaster ride that was thoroughly enjoyable to read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Couldn't put it down 29 août 2012
Par Dawn Kessinger - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The time is 1599 (though most of the story unfolds beginning in 1605). The place, Prague (and Cesky Krumlov, and Vienna). This rich story about a melancholy king's young, mad son Don Julius and the common (not really) bathmaid, Marketa, who also works with her father, the bloodletter, to help him, doesn't have a dull moment.

The story is easy to follow but has depth and range - the secondary characters (Matthias, King Rudolph's brother, who is anxious to take the crown; Annabella, the red-haired witch/healer and both Marketa's and the king's doctor, Jakub's friend; Katarina, Marketa's young love-struck friend who is forbidden to see her lover; and several others) are vivid, sympathetic characters with stories and lives I cared about. I enjoyed getting a look at the superstitions, beliefs, religious wars and family expectations and pressures of the time, as well as the foods and clothes the people ate and wore.

One of the things I loved most about the book is how the author drew such a captivating, compassionate and believable portrait of Marketa and Don Julius and their situation (relationship? it's difficult to use that word here). It's so easy to despise and criticize the young prince for his violent, abusive and horrific actions. But in Marketa's presence, some bit of mad magic occurs. We see the sad, scared boy within the young man fighting and struggling against the voices, his inner demons, to win and to do the right thing. This little bit of humanity makes it reasonable for smart, ambitious and brave young Marketa, who wants to be a doctor when it's seemingly hopeless for her to achieve such a goal, to have hope, sympathy and compassion for the prince, who is very close to her in age, and handsome and charming at certain moments despite his madness. I can understand how Marketa would believe she had a chance to cure Don Julius, and all things considered, throwing in her mother Lucie's selfish pressure for Marketa to help the family, I can even see how Marketa might hope for love with the prince.

Another of the things I admired about the book is how the author paints hope and redemption into characters who have made mistakes. An old, seemingly loveless and rude priest gets a chance to do the right thing. A dying mother superior who thinks she knows the best life for Marketa, listens to her frustrated young niece who she has never seen before, and makes the ultimate sacrifice.

All in all, those 500+ pages whiz by in a colorful flurry of on the edge-of-your-seat suspense, action and relationships that either grow stronger or fall apart. The book is a treasure to savor.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My family had fast food for 2 days, I could not put it down! 23 août 2012
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Taking a chance on a new author and WOW! Linda Lafferty did her homework and gets an A+!
Riveting,heroic,terrifying, heartbreaking, also full of hope, compassion, fast paced and in character of the horrors of the the 15th century when women of poverty were not their own.
Main Character: Marketa a very,very young girl in 1605 pushed into working in her mothers bath house, where girls not only bathed the men but were sold by Marketa's mother for their favors. Strong willed Marketa refused her mothers orders to allow any man to touch her. Determined to excel, exteremely learned and literate especillay for a peasant girl,intelligent, and also compassionate, dreaming of being more, much more, someday. She is our victim and our heroine.Enter Don Julius,illigitimate son of a king, rabidly insane,murderer,rapist,lier,drunkard, in general an animal that there was no medicine for in those dark days. By strange events our victim and heroine, and our madman meet. This meeting seals the fates of both of these characters.Now to prevent this review from being a spoiler, I skip the real gripping and breath-holding meat of this enthralling story,leaving it for your discovery, you will thank me for it is so very memorable.
With many townspeople hoping for Marketa, and the help of a couple of dear freinds,one a man of science and medicine, the other a believer in potions and spells and herbs for many uses, Marketa is for a time protected. But when Don Julius is let go from his captivity by the King, he immediately returns to his old ways and rapes one of Marketa's dearest friends. The town people are afraid and beg Marketa to give herself to Don Julius to save their families and their town from his evil, tranny and what will surely be utter destruction.
Marketa relents and agrees to give herself to the murderous insane man for she loves her town and friends dearly, she is going to meet him in the castle and is on her way to do so.
What will the fates have in store? This book based on a true story consumed my days until the very end( all 2 of my days for I could not put down this just over 500 page treasure).The author rewards Marketa, her town and humanity with a truly unexpected and heroic end. There are many evil characters to contend with, and just as many heros and heroines within the pages of this true keeper of a book, I sat it next to my Jane Austen, Charles Dickens,and Agathie Chirstie, and other favorite books in my library, a rare happening to find a book to add to my favorites shelf.
It may have taken Linda Lafferty 30 years of writing to become published but this book will thrill lovers of the historical novel for decades and decades to come. Thank you for not giving up, Ms. Lafferty your book is now one of the joys of my library and I feel enriched for having read it,and very happy to own it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Well researched but poorly written reimagining of History 4 août 2012
Par Liat2768 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Set in the 1600's when King Rudolph II was one of the most powerful men in Europe, this book is the story of the madness of his illegitimate son Don Julius and his obsession with a bathmaid. A prime example of the madness inherent in the Hapsburg line, Don Julius is confined to a castle in Bohemia where the king wants him cured of his violent ways. Priests and Physicians alike are assigned to him and the local bloodletter is called in to bleed the Prince's ill humors from him. The Bloodletter brings with him his daughter, Marketa, who bears a striking resemblance to an illustration in the coded 'Book of Wonder' which has enthralled the mad prince and he is instantly obsessed.

The author has undoubtedly done her research. The time of Rudolph II is historically important for his patronage of the arts, science, logical thinking and humanism. This was the time of Kepler and Brahe, free thinkers who could explore the limits of science under the rule of Rudolph II. The author is very obvious in trying to work in the famous thinkers of the time and there little connection between Marketa's story and what is happening in the world around her. The author also repeatedly includes chapters detailing events dealing with Matthais, who will soon depose Rudolph II. But there is no connection in the least between Matthais and Marketa's story. These chapters simply bloat the book and derail events as they begin to gain momentum.The inclusion of the coded book (The Voynich Manuscript) is another source of frustration since there is no answer to the mystery it presents but it is used as some sort of tantalizing mystery throughout the text.

The biggest issue with the book is the character of Marketa herself. Marketa supposedly has a fascination for science and wishes to be a physician at a time when it was unheard of for a woman to do such things. In fact, Marketa is a bathmaid, which seems to hover slightly above the level of a lady of the night in Bohemia! But, the author would have us believe that she is brilliant, virginal, morally upstanding village girl. This simply does not gel with the lifestyle and mentality of the village as the author portrays it or with the kind of personality that seems to be Marketa! Marketa and the other characters - from witch, to friend, to nun - are wooden and there is no complexity to their motivations or actions. They are either good or bad without anything really in between. Their ways of speaking or thinking do not vary from one to another and the conversations are stilted and unnatural.

Unfortunately, for all its research, the book is poorly written. The language has no poetry to it, the imagery is practically non existent and it ends up a flat narrating of events where the author takes five lines to explain what could have been told in one. The text plods on to over 500 pages and could easily have done with 300. This book stands as another example of how simply doing your Historical research does not make for good historical fiction. Ultimately, I had to force myself to finish this book.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Rewritten History 13 avril 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Any true writer of historical fiction has an obligation to be as true to historical facts as possible. The novel has two central characters...Markéta Pichlerová, and don Julius D'Austria, the illegitimate son of Emperor Rudolf II.

According to recorded history, In 1607 don Julius evidently became close with Marketa Pichlerova, the daughter of the local barber Zikmund Pichler and his wife Lucie Pichlerova,Don Julius invited Marketa to live with him with the permission of her parents. But after some time he became angry with her, beat her, cut her several times with a knife and because he thought he had killed her, threw her from a window onto the rocks. This event was also noted by the Rosenberg chronicler Vaclav Brezan :

"She was so terribly damaged that she was no longer a single piece of body, and in this condition she was thrown by him to the rocks. But it wasn't meant to be her last hour, because she fell on a rubbish heap which saved her life. Once she was healthy again she hid herself from him, but he kept returning to her mother so Markéta had to go to him again."

When Marketa became healthy, don Julius asked her father to give him Marketa back, but he refused to do so, fearing for her life. Don Julius put him into prison and threatened to kill him if Marketa wouldn't come. After 5 weeks of prison, Marketa's mother agreed to bring her daughter and brought her to the castle on Sunday. The next day, on Monday 18th February 1608, don Julius in a fit of anger brutally killed Markéta and disfigured her dead body. This tragic event was also recorded by Vaclav Brezan: "on the 18th of February, Julius, that awful tyrant and devil, bastard of the Emperor, did an incredibly terrible thing to his bed partner, the daughter of a barber, when he cut off her head and other parts of her body, and people had to put her into her coffin in single pieces."

The author completely rewrites history. In her version of the story, Marketa Pichlerova is a heroic figure with a great interest in the art of healing people. According to the author, Market only went to the castle to assist with bloodletting. The prince was madly in love with her and refused to be bled unless she was in the room. The day before she travels to Prague to view an autopsy, she pays the prince a nocturnal visit and he assaults her. She recovers and hides, he finds her and begs for her return....fast forward, she is locked in his room...yadda yadda yadda....a dying nun trades places with her thanks to the local witch....prince returns mistakes nun for Markéta, slashes her to death and ofcourse Markéta survives, marries a physician and the prince dies after 2 years.

In short the book is not well written, and the plot is a bit rushed and the tone is flat. Don't expect to experience any build-up, anxiety or heightened sense of drama. The author throws around random historical facts but makes no attempt to effectively weave them into the story. The 30 year war, the religious wars of 1524 - 1697, and the expansion of Ottoman empire presented a complicated challenge for King Rudolf and ultimately decided his fate. The author mentions these events in passing, but makes no attempt to fully integrate them into the story We have an idea that the Pope is meddling somehow and that his brother is at war with him. The characters are very one dimensional, and forgetable. We don't get the opportunity to fall in love with them because the author doesn't bother to develop them fully. We don't really get to learn what makes them tick, for instance, i would have loved to know what Don Julius was like when he was lucid.....What did he think about? did he have any aspirations? was he frustrated with his mental illness? did he ever long to be like everyone else? What was his true personality like? I suspect the author avoided going down this road because it would have required her to conduct extensive research on manic schizophrenics. The author seems curiously detached from the story she is telling, one gets the impression that she is aware of the fact that she has altered history and she does not believe in her version any more than you should.

If you are looking for serious historical fiction, my advise would be....give this one a pass. Thankfully i suffured no loss since i borrowed mine from the Kindle Lending library
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