The Ludwig Conspiracy

Author: Oliver Pötzsch
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547740102
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When an encoded diary about Ludwig, the fairytale king of Bavaria who was declared insane and died mysteriously soon thereafter, falls into his hands, rare book dealer Steven Lukas is forced to go on the run as he becomes the target of Ludwig's deranged modern-day followers. 100,000 first printing.

The Ludwig Conspiracy

Author: Oliver Pötzsch
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547740133
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A bold new thriller from the best-selling author of The Hangman’s Daughter series In 1886, Ludwig II, the Fairy-tale King of Bavaria, was deposed after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He died mysteriously soon thereafter, his eccentric and beautiful castles his only legacy. In The Ludwig Conspiracy, master of historical suspense Oliver Pötzsch brings the Mad King back to life. An encoded diary by one of Ludwig’s confidants falls into the hands of modern-day rare-book dealer Steven Lukas, who soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Lukas teams up with a beautiful art detective, Sara Lengfeld, to investigate each of Ludwig’s three famous castles for clues to crack the diary’s code as mysterious thugs and Ludwig’s fanatical followers chase them at every step. Just what in the diary could be so explosive? "This gripping thriller brings together the present and the past with high-action adventure in a bold, entertaining storyline." —Shepherd Express (Milwaukee) "Pötzsch makes clever use of Bavaria’s equivalent of the Kennedy assassination in this excellent stand-alone . . . Pötzsch’s sophisticated plotting and good use of a real-life historical puzzle place this far ahead of most Da Vinci Code wannabes." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Swan King

Author: Christopher McIntosh
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781848858473
Size: 14.29 MB
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Ludwig II, the so-called Mad King of Bavaria, was one of the most enigmatic figures of the 19th century. He has gone down in history for his patronage to Richard Wagner, and for the palaces he created.

The Castle Of Kings

Author: Oliver Pötzsch
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544317888
Size: 15.42 MB
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“Pötzsch paints picturesque landscapes, whether it’s damp, dark castles, the stink of a medieval tannery, or whirlpool-plagued Rhine River rapids . . . Combine Princess Bride with Germanic history circa 1500, add a dash of Lord of the Rings, and there’s a week of good fun.” — Kirkus Reviews In 1524, in what is now Germany, hundreds of thousands of peasants revolted against the harsh treatment of their aristocratic overlords. Agnes is the daughter of one of these overlords, but she is not a typical sixteenth-century girl, refusing to wear dresses and spending more time with her pet falcon than potential suitors. There is only one suitor she is interested in: Mathis, a childhood friend whom she can never marry due to his low birth status. In the midst of war, Agnes’s falcon finds a mysterious ring, and Agnes begins having strange but seemingly meaningful dreams. Dreams that lead her and Mathis to run away from their home in Trifels Castle and into the midst of the tumultuous Peasants’ War, cast into an adventure that will lead them to shocking revelations about themselves and the future of the emerging German states. “The war scenes are grimly realistic, and the narration gripping . . . The author makes the fantastical elements work by harnessing them to the grim reality of the Peasants’ War, setting his far-fetched romance in an utterly convincing world of economic hardship, social strife and religious and political uncertainty.” — Wall Street Journal

The Hangman S Daughter

Author: Oliver Pötzsch
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547745015
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After a local midwife is accused of being a witch and murdering an orphan in the 17th century, Bavarian Hangman Jakob Kuisl and his daughter, Magdalena, believe that midwife is innocent and seek out the true killer, despite Jakob being charged with torturing a confession out of the accused woman. Reissue.

The Politics Of Bitcoin

Author: David Golumbia
Publisher: Forerunners: Ideas First
ISBN: 1517901804
Size: 16.69 MB
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Since its introduction in 2009, Bitcoin has been widely promoted as a digital currency that will revolutionize everything from online commerce to the nation-state. Yet supporters of Bitcoin and its blockchain technology subscribe to a form of cyberlibertarianism that depends to a surprising extent on far-right political thought. The Politics of Bitcoin exposes how much of the economic and political thought on which this cryptocurrency is based emerges from ideas that travel the gamut, from Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, and Ludwig von Mises to Federal Reserve conspiracy theorists. Forerunners: Ideas First is a thought-in-process series of breakthrough digital publications. Written between fresh ideas and finished books, Forerunners draws on scholarly work initiated in notable blogs, social media, conference plenaries, journal articles, and the synergy of academic exchange. This is gray literature publishing: where intense thinking, change, and speculation take place in scholarship.

The Princess From St Petersburg

Author: Leda Farrant
Publisher: Book Guild Limited
ISBN: STANFORD:36105025028932
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Countess Ekaterina (Catherine) Rzewuski was born in St. Petersburg in 1858 into a family of great wealth and vast estates. She met the love of her life, a prominent member of the tsar's secret police, when she was fourteen and visiting aunts in Paris. But at fifteen she was married off to a Prussian prince. Then the fun stopped - for a time - as the new Catherine Radziwill moved in with her dour in-laws in Berlin and started the breeding required of her as Prince Wilhelm Radziwill's wife. At the Prussian Court she met Bismarck and befriended Princess Vicky, daughter of Queen Victoria and mother of the future Kaiser Wilhelm II. When her first love turned up in her life again she began her dangerous career as a Russian spy. The many twists and turns of Catherine's life took her to South Africa at the time of the Boer War - and a disastrous relationship with empire builder Cecil Rhodes; to St. Petersburg for coronations, funerals and the Russian Revolution; and to New York at the end of the First World War. Hers was an incredible life, lived by a remarkable, beguiling woman who constantly fought for her own independence and survival.