The Bloodletter's Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia)
Within the glittering Hapsburg court in Prague lurks a darkness that no one dares mention... 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... show more
Within the glittering Hapsburg court in Prague lurks a darkness that no one dares mention... 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.
Publish date: September 4th 2012
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, 17th Century
Lafferty makes fast and loose with history in her fictional account of the life of Markéta Pichlerová. She paints her as an intelligent, ambitious, rebellious, arrogant, naïve teenager, a combination of attributes which prompts decisions that root her firmly in too-stupid-to-live territory. The hist...
Great bookI enjoyed this book very much and would definitely recommend it to anyone. I was half expecting it to be a little dry considering all the historical references but was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the case at all. I was also very interested to find out it was loosely based on actu...
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Going in, I had no idea it was based on real people (I'm woefully lacking in my historical knowledge) but that added a layer of fascination for me, once I finished it. I "checked it out" from the Kindle lending library, and actually ended up buying it when I was abou...
I tried this and gave up. The writing did not appeal to me. Furthermore there is debate on how accurate the historical details are.