The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter

By Ambrose Bierce

ISBN: 9781847492753

176 pages

RRP: £7.19

Arriving at a rural monastery, the monk Ambrosius meets a young girl called Benedicta, shunned by the local community for being the daughter of the local hangman. Ambrosius is drawn into a dangerous friendship with her and, in defiance of the community and his superiors, he starts spending time alone with her. But when her virtue is corrupted by an impetuous young man, the stage is set for a battle between body and spirit, the sins of the past and the desire for redemption.

Allegedly a rewriting from a lost German original, Ambrose Bierce’s 1892 novella reads as a seamless, almost folk-tale-like masterpiece.

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  • A truly remarkable writer, funny and savage … in the true tradition of Swift and Voltaire.

    The Independent

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914?) was an American short story writer and journalist. He is probably best known for his story ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek’, published in 1890. In 1913 he went to Mexico in order to observe the civil war there. Whilst travelling with Pancho Villa’s army in 1914, he vanished without a trace.