Ambrose Bierce, “The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter”


A seamless masterpiece


“A truly remarkable writer, funny and savage … in the true tradition of Swift and Voltaire.”—The Independent


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.


The novella reads as a seamless, almost folk-tale-like masterpiece.


Originally written by Adolphe Danziger De Castro (1859-1959) in 1889, but based on an earlier German tale (Der mönch von Berchtesgaden by Richard Voss), this story was submitted to Ambrose Bierce for revision (1892).


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) was a famed journalist and essayist of the late 19th century. He was also one of America’s sharpest cynics. His legacy was entombed in The Devil’s Dictionary: a satirical lexicon originally published in 1906.


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