The Blood Countess of Transylvania
(a short and simple version)By LuciferaMany of you are familiar with the legend of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungariancountess who was obsessed with torturing and murdering other women to obtain their blood. Well, here is a re-telling of her unforgettable legend. This research is derivedfrom a speech I gave in class and I decided to add it here for your pleasure andcuriosity.
If you don’t believe in the existence of vampires…think again!
To understand why Countess Bathory was defined as a vampire, you must firstunderstand what vampire is.A. Vampires are believed to be creatures that drain the life source or energy and whocan be physical, ghostly or formless.B. The vampire is known in superstitions for feasting on the blood of others.One woman managed to live like a vampire, this woman is Countess Elizabeth Bathory.In this essay I will write about her background, her marriage, her crimes, her trial, andthe works she has inspired. According to Anthony Masters and other sources, CountessElizabeth Bathory killed between 300-600 women.
Let’s start with a little background on CountessBathory
Elizabeth Bathory was born in Hungary in 1560 into a noble family that had landsthroughout Transylvania. She had relatives of high status. Her relatives were princes, acardinal, a prime minister, and others in high ranks The most famous Bathory wasStephen, King of Poland during the mid 1500’s.Elizabeth Bathory was promised in marriage to Count Ferencz Nadasdy at the age of 11,she married the 25-year-old count at the age of 15. The Count adopted her surname, andshe kept her last name. They both lived in Castle Csjethe, a cold, damp, gloomy castle,unfortunately, Count Nadasdy was always away in a battle and Elizabeth’s life in thatcastle became uneventful.Elizabeth decided to add some spice to her life and soon became unfaithful to her husband, in addition she easily found people to entertain her in the occult arts. Her husband didn’t seem to mind and forgave her for being unfaithful.