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The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner: A HISTORICAL NOVEL BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS By Josef Svátek,

  • Title: The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner: A HISTORICAL NOVEL BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS
  • Author: Josef Svátek
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A young man is about to graduate from medical school when a sudden shift of fate changes his life forever He becomes stuck in the most detested profession for the rest of his life, and he is on his way to becoming the most well known executioner in the history of Bohemia Master Jan finds himself in the center of the historical events of the time The religious and politiA young man is about to graduate from medical school when a sudden shift of fate changes his life forever He becomes stuck in the most detested profession for the rest of his life, and he is on his way to becoming the most well known executioner in the history of Bohemia Master Jan finds himself in the center of the historical events of the time The religious and political turmoil of Bohemia culminates in the 1621 White Mountain Battle Czech Protestant rebels are defeated by Catholic forces, and Master Jan is to execute 27 men who are his fellow Protestants The Old Town Executioner gives the reader a first hand account about how justice was carried out by the medieval law While his memoirs offer an intriguing account of the manners and values of late medieval society, his observations about human nature may come as a surprise The law and society have changed since the 17th century, but people have changed very little This book contains graphic descriptions of medieval torture.
    The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner A HISTORICAL NOVEL BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS A young man is about to graduate from medical school when a sudden shift of fate changes his life forever He becomes stuck in the most detested profession for the rest of his life and he is on his wa

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    1. This book could have been so much better The author did an amazing job with research, background, setting the stage, then piques your interest about the subject matter After that though you never really get what you came to find because it is executed very poorly bad pun ,I know It reads like a children s textbook glossing over some of the finer points of the job of an executioner in favor of repeating hanging after hanging one beheading after another with the main character moving through his l [...]

    2. Interesting look at the work and status of executioners in Bohemia in the late 16th early 17th centuries Boring and repetitive in parts of the book Would have benefited by good editing.

    3. FascinatingThis book deserves several stars Normally I wouldn t choose this unique topic or style but I m than happy I did Top three best books I ve ever read Thankyou

    4. Eyewitness account by the executioner during the Thirty Years war Historical background is interesting, very dry but it kept my attention.

    5. During the time the focus of this book, Jan Mydlar, was the master executioner in late 16th to early 17th century Prague, he executed his fair share ofwellexecutions Some instances were harder to swallow than others, even for Mydlar, a man accidentally thrust into one of the lowliest and most spat upon professions of medieval times I shan t spoil the reasons he found himself on the wielding side of the ax, but I can assure you, it s unique to say the least Needless to say, even though he is resp [...]

    6. I certainly didn t expect to like a book about the life of an executioner I thought I d start the book, then realize it wasn t worth reading, and not finish it It turned out to be a good book Executioners had a somewhat schizophrenic life On one hand their services were needed as only those charged with being executioners could execute people sentenced by the courts to die Their skills were held in high esteem On the other hand, they were reviled as people They had to live outside the confines o [...]

    7. I guess I was hoping for something stylistically approachable as a historical document, but the translation and or adapatation it s not really clear of the documents into the colloquial, particularly a bunch of criminals talking like Alabama rednecks, kind of threw me That said, it was an interesting and fairly quick read with tons of interesting detail I especially loved the details of Prague in the late 16th early 17th centuries, especially with the aftermath of the Battle of White Mountain, [...]

    8. The first 2 3 or so of the book was amazing I really loved reading about how the main character became an executioner and how he changed the public perception of executioners The accounts of the executions were blunt, though not so detailed as to make the reader sick at the thought I also liked how the main character interacted with the other characters, including how he met his wife.About 2 3 of the way through, the book became an account of the wars between Catholics and Protestants in that pa [...]

    9. Milan Kundera got me hooked on Czech writers Though I could never imagine reading a book about an executioner, I found this one fascinating because of the history and the story Some parts are hard because of the horror of torture used in the sixteenth century Not for the faint of heart Mirek Katzl s English translation is wonderful.I found out he is finishing another translation of JEWISH LEGENDS OF PRAGUE I look forward to that as well I was in Prague a couple of years ago and was in awe of the [...]

    10. Wow I really enjoyed this Pretty gruesome but engaging and moved quite fluidly It sure made me think about the differences in the way we treat our criminals in these modern times In the Middle Ages, in Central Europe at least, the focus was on making examples of criminals by making a spectacle of their torture and punishment And now, here we are, doing the complete opposite We bend over backwards to be humane and with capital punishment, try to inflict the least amount of pain as possible Which [...]

    11. Despite the title the book wasn t as graphic as you might initially think It does give an insight into life in the city during the 16th Century, and also how one decision can affect the rest of your life I have to admit that I enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone with an interest in Medieval European history

    12. I read this on the reccomendation of a tour guide in Prague when I went last year I was under the impression it was really his memoir, not historical fiction It was OK, but not what I was expecting I wish it would have focused on the 1621 executions, since that was a big thing in Prague and this didn t really convey that.

    13. The executionerThis is an an interesting if graphic historical account of torture and public executions It was interesting to note that while the public enjoyed this form of justice, they considered the executioner an unclean and disgusting person The way the executioner rationalized his job was a fascinating psychological study.

    14. I really enjoyed learning about the history of Prague I liked the fact that it was all based in reality but the narrative became a little repetative.

    15. Didn t finish this Not much of a plot, except how to execute prisoners and other law breakers I got tired of reading about how many different was you could kill and torture a person.

    16. Great historical readI found the history the author used in this book made for an interesting read Even tho it is fiction ,it is based on true events.

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