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The Hangman's Daughter Summary
Oliver Potzsch

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The Hangman's Daughter Summary

Plot Summary

The Hangman’s Daughter is a novel by Oliver Potzsch. This novel follows the story of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl as he attempts to prove that midwife Martha Stechlin does not practice witchcraft and has not killed a motherless boy. Jakob is aided by the son of the local doctor, Simon Fronwieser, who has befriended Jakob as much for his collection of medical books as for his beautiful daughter, Magdalena. As Jakob, Simon, and Magdalena work to clear Martha of all charges, they are sidelined by several more murders as well as Jakob’s duty to torture the innocent midwife. The Hangman’s Daughter is a fascinating look at Bavarian history in regards to the fears of witchcraft and the social hierarchy that made an honest working man such as Jakob an outcast in his community.

A young, motherless boy is found beaten and stabbed in the river...

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