The Bloodletter's Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia)

The Bloodletter's Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia)

Linda Lafferty


Within the glittering Hapsburg court docket in Prague lurks a darkness that nobody dares mention...

In 1606, the town of Prague shines as a golden mecca of paintings and tradition rigorously cultivated by way of Emperor Rudolf II. however the emperor hides an unpleasant mystery: His bastard son, Don Julius, is troubled with a insanity that pushes the younger prince to unspeakable depravity. wanting to stem his son’s starting to be variety of scandals, the emperor exiles Don Julius to a distant nook of Bohemia, the place the younger guy is put within the care of a bloodletter named Pichler. The bloodletter’s job: remedy Don Julius of his insanity by way of purging the vicious humors coursing via his veins.

When Pichler brings his daughter Marketa to aid him, she turns into the thing of Don Julius’s frenzied--and dangerous--obsession. To him, she embodies the ladies pictured within the Coded ebook of ask yourself, a worthy manuscript from the imperial library that used to be his in simple terms hyperlink to sanity. because the prince descends additional into the darkness of his brain, his acts develop into ever extra determined, as Marketa, either nervous and interested, can’t remain away.

Inspired via a real-life homicide that threatened to topple the robust Hapsburg dynasty, The Bloodletter’s Daughter is a gloomy and richly specific saga of ardour and revenge.

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