approximately 4500 guests at the wedding. Elizabeth moved to Nádasdy Castle inSárvár and spentmuch time on her own, while her husband studied inVienna.Nádasdy¶s wedding gift to Báthory was his home,Csejte Castle, situated in theLittle Carpathiansnear
Trenín, together with the achtice country house and 17 adjacent villages. The castle itself wassurrounded by a village and agricultural lands, bordered by outcrops of theLittle Carpathians. In 1602,Nádasdy finally bought the castle fromRudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor , so that it became a privateproperty of the family.In 1578, Nádasdy became the chief commander of Hungariantroops, leading them to war against theOttomans. With her husband away at war, Elizabeth Báthory managed business affairs and the estates.That role usually included providing for theHungarianandSlovak peasants, even medical care.
During the height of theLong War (1593-1606), she was charged with the defense of her husband'sestates, which lay on the route toVienna.
The threat was significant, for the village of achtice hadpreviously been plundered by the Ottomans whileSárvár , located near the border that dividedRoyal
HungaryandOttoman occupied Hungary, was in even greater danger.
She was an educated woman who could read and write in four languages.
There were severalinstances where she intervened on behalf of destitute women, including a woman whose husband wascaptured by the Turks and a woman whose daughter wasrapedand impregnated.In 1585, Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, Anna. A second daughter, Ursula, and her first son, Andrew,both died at an early age. After this, Elizabeth had three more children, Katherine (born in 1594), Paul(born around 1597) and Miklós.
All of her children were cared for by governesses as Elizabeth hadbeen.Elizabeth's husband died in 1604 at the age of 47, reportedly due to an injury sustained in battle. Thecouple had been married for 29 years.[edit
Between 1602 and 1604,Lutheranminister István Magyari complained about atrocities both publicly andwith the court inVienna, after rumors had spread.
The Hungarian authorities took some time to respond to Magyari's complaints. Finally, in 1610,KingMatthiasassigned György Thurzo, thePalatine of Hungary, to investigate.Thurzoordered two notaries to
collect evidence in March 1610.
Even before obtaining the results,
Thurzó debated further proceedings with Elizabeth's son Paul and two of her sons-in-law. A trial and execution would havecaused a public scandal and disgraced a noble and influential family (which at the timeruled