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The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner

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. This book could have been so much better The author did an amazing job with research background setting the stage then piues 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 life as though he is in a video game with cheat codes on There are no surprises no conflict It is just someone recounting things they think are interesting kept going by the characters saying things like Please tell me about it And I would love to know I bet this will happen Then the next day it does I understand that the author wanted to include actual events in the narrative but that would ve been possible to do as well as talk about many other methods of torture besides the 3 or 4 mentioned here With the main character learning all about the trade you never learn of anything that the average person doesn t already know about it This book also needs a good edit some proofreading It takes you out of the story when someone tells another to keep uite or I will use the chocking pear I think this was a wonderful idea and could easily be a 5 star book if it was reworked a little and cleaned up some Unfortunately you never really get the sense of appreciation the author wants you to for this man because he has just related to you why things should be amazing about it but doesn t make you feel why

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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 o. A great way to learn the history of this time and placeI knew little about Prague save what I knew of Czechoslovakia under comunism This story was a great way to understand Bohemia and Europe

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Ut 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 tortu. 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 of the city could only enter the city through one gate could worship at only one church where there was a hidden area for them and their family to sit they could touch no one Anyone touched by an executioner became as isolated as the executionerThis story is set in Prague in the 1600 s It was written in the 1800 s and was based on a real executioner named Jan Mydl r The Catholics and Protestants are at war on and off The executioner in this book had completed medical school when circumstances prevented him from returning to his wealthy family He happened to be at the right place at the right time when Old Town Prague needed a new executioner Jan s medical background was to his benefit and he uickly became the best executioner in Europe He never lost his humanity despite the job he had to do He was a very likable character Definitely a good book for those who like history


10 thoughts on “The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner

  1. says:

    This book could have been so much better The author did an amazing job with research background setting the stage then piues 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 behe

  2. says:

    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. says:

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

  4. says:

    FascinatingThis book deserves several stars Normally I wouldn't choose this uniue topic or style but I'm than happy I did Top three best books I've ever read Thankyou

  5. says:

    I read this book immediately upon finishing Tyll which was a marvelous read because the bits about the professional executioners in Tyll were s

  6. says:

    A great way to learn the history of this time and placeI knew little about Prague save what I knew of Czechoslovakia under comunism This story was a great way to understand Bohemia and Europe

  7. says:

    Excellent Written in a conversational style this book took me into the author’s life and also the life of the citizens of Prague The people mentioned in this book are all real and so is not only entertaining but also a historical document

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    I certainly didn't expect to like a book about the life of an executioner I thought I'd start the book then rea

  10. says:

    I guess I was hoping for something stylistically approachable as a historical document but the translation andor adapatation it's not really clear of the documents into the collouial particularly a bunch of criminals talking like Alabama rednecks kind of threw me That said it was an interesting and fairly uick re

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