The Beggar King Author:Oliver Potzsch 1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, 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. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he's adm... more »inistered himself for years. As nightmares assail him, Kuisl can only hope to prevail on the Regensburg
executioner to show mercy to a fellow hangman.
Kuisl's steely daughter, Magdalana, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg to try to save Jakob, enlisting an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy for help. Navigating the labyrinthine city, they learn there is much more behind the false accusation than a personal vendetta; a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.« less