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For centuries, legends have been told across the world about evil fiends and creatures that walk the night. Among the many tales, only one has captivated the imagination and fear of mankind whether it is told in the dead of night, in a motion picture, or around a campfire; this tale would be of the Vampire.
As legend goes, vampires are fictional; however, history confirms that the Blood Countess was no mere legend, but rather a living, breathing woman who reigned terror in the late 16 century. Today, I will be informing you all about the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory.
ElizabethBathory was her name. She was born in 1560 into one of the oldest and most wealthy families in Transylvania. At an early age she married Count FerenczNasdasdy of Hungary, thereby taking on the title of Countess (GeoCities). Elizabeth was a very vain and spiteful woman, as well as very beautiful. She feared only one thing above all else--succumbing to old age and losing her beauty.
The first major event is revealed as follows: L egend hasit that the Countess Elizabeth would retain her beauty at any cost, no matter what the price. One day when Elizabeth slapped her young servant girl so hard that she bled, a drop of blood fell onto her hand. When the blood had been wiped from her skin, Elizabeth noticed that the blood seemed to make her skin refreshed and anew. She believed that she had finally procured a method of retaining her beauty. After consulting with her accomplices (which some accounts claim them to be witches) Elizabeth learned that the blood of a virgin was revered as being a proverbial fountain of youth. Soon after the incident, she ordered the servant s throat be slashed and that the blood be drained into a large container. Following the grisly murder, Elizabeth bathed in the blood of the servant. It was this atrocity that began a long history of horrors which earned her the dreaded name of Blood Countess .
Girls were placed in the cylindrical spiked cages and prodded with red-hot iron pokers until they impaled themselves on the spikes. they stumbled upon a corpse within feet of the entrance.Elizabeth became so obsessed with her vanity that she brutally tortured and mutilated every one of her servants and drained them of blood. The cages were fitted with drains at the bottom so that the Countess could stand beneath them for a blood shower (GeoCities). torture. home to the Countess. she bathed in the blood of the virgins. with the Countess' depredations on the virgin girls of the Carpathians leading to some 650 deaths (Penrose). blood-drinking. almost as if he and his men were expected.itself. Finally. which was rocked back and forth like a pendulum until the girl's flesh had been shredded. Further exploration led to the liberation of nearly 50 women who . others were placed in the spiked orb. In order to commence with her diabolical design. She was said to have literally ripped the skin from her victims with her bare hands and teeth. Following the mass murders... the Countess truly was the definition of evil . Csjethe Castle.. an expedition to the castle by Elizabeth s cousin and several brave men set out to put an end to the Blood Countess inhumane bloodlust. unsurpassed in the annals of mass murder. several accounts note that Elizabeth took much delight in the torture of her captives. and slaughtered around 650 women through her unholy blood rituals (McNally). At this point. Upon entering the unholy place. and it was there that she viciously tortured. Elizabeth had a completely outfitted torture chamber built in the dungeon of the castle. Elizabeth s cousin Thurzo was met with the front door ajar. became a symbol of fear in the outlying villages as well as to all those who passed nearby. Spiked cages and instruments of suffering were suspended from the ceiling. These years witnessed a reign of cruelty. The Countess and her accomplices stalked about the countryside abducting adolescent girls of the lower class families. she had regressed to a mirror-fixated state of pathological necro-sadism involving witchcraft. By middle age. imprisoned. and were built with drains at the base. When he arrived at the castle. She would pierce their bodies with scalding rods or spikes and then drain their blood systematically so she could bathe in the pools of blood. inevitably whole scale slaughter. To retain her youthful beauty and fair skin. cannibalism and.
the upstaged Hollywood v ersions of Dracula and the stories of Vampires are all fiction. McNally have concluded that the theory Báthory murdered on account of her vanity sprung up from contemporary prejudices about gender roles. however.. In conclusion. and musicians have also been heavily influenced by the Blood Countess. writers. Elizabeth Bathory was not only one of the most infamous people to have ever lived. thus tying the two families very close in relation to one another (GeoCities). during Elizabeth s reign the Bathory clan gained ownership of one of Lord Dracula s castles. A relative of Elizabeth s and the King of Poland at the time. For nearly 30 years her reign of terror consumed the lives of hundreds of i nnocent souls. The Blood Countess died four years later in . just waiting for the right psychological factors and outside forces to unleash the instinctive savage nature within us. For example. Lovecraft are only a few of the myriad of people who have been influenced in their work by the Countess tale. In reality.. however. as she was 54 years of age at her demise. Rob Zombie. Steven Bathory.P. Modern historians RaduFlorescu and Raymond T. She has influenced many people throughout history. helped the infamous Count Dracula reclaim his nobility around the year 1475. The noble background of the Countess. the vanity motif was . Upon arrest their fingers were pulled out followed by being beheaded and burned at the stake for their crimes. The real monsters. saved her from sharing the same grim fate as her followers. of course. she was the epitome of evil itself. The most logical reason for her death would be old age.her chamber from what some accounts attribute to blood deprivation . Thurzo chose to flee the castle with the rescued women. At the beginning of the 19th century. realizing that he had enough proof to condemn Elizabeth without having to bring her reign of death to an end himself. and still haunts the modern age to this day. movie directors. Her very reputation has instilled fear in the hearts of those who have heard of her grisly tale. The walls and windows were filled in around her and were left only with a small outlet in the side of the wall though which rations could be given. Furthermore.. Bram Stoker. The King of Hungary issued warrants of execution for Elizabeth s accused witch co-conspirators. and H. Women were not believed to be capable of violence for its own sake. Steven King. however... She was instead placed under house arrest in the castle and was shut in. can be found locked up inside each one of us. The final most interesting fact surrounding Elizabeth Bathory is her relationship to the Dracula family. and both families also bore the emblem of a dragon on their family crests.were held in cells and cages as if they were animals.
They were tormented. 650 virgins. she pulled the hair too hard and Elizabeth slapped her. and then the actual facts surrounding her life. physical attributes. slaughtered and buried. Her servants could say nothing about the battering (legally) because they were of lower class than their mistress. Sheentertained herself by simply torturing her servants and delving into witchcraft. demonstrating that the bloodbaths or blood seeker for vanity aspect of Báthory's crimes were legend rather than fact. The story is that Elizabeth Bathory was born into the home of politically efficient rulers. I. Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary. A. or peasants. she would watch with glee while her father or mother tortured or punished soldiers. Blood spurted onto her hand. One day as a servant was addressing her mistress' headdress. C. taking full advantage of the role as countess and head. C. While remaining in the castle. Elizabeth suffered from seizures and intense rage. C. B. she began to realize the one thing she counted on the most. each of noble and pesantry class. she witnessed horrific trials and sentences carried out under her family's officials. it was said that when she was a small child.first questioned. A. As a result. Darvulia. III. Some bodies were eventually thrown to wolves. It s said that when Elizabeth was just a little girl. wrinkles seemed to disappear. Darvulia explained the only way to regain lost youth was to bathe in virgin blood. She harshly beat her servants constantly and was taught by her new nurse. With her husband away at battle. After years at the castle. and her distorted moral/family values. and sadistic pleasure was considered a far more plausible motive for Báthory's crimes. her beauty. servants.  1. During her childhood. As she wiped it away. in the ways of torture and witchcraft. In  1817. in a household the was fairly enthusiastic when it came to violence. From other reports. she quickly grew bored. she became supreme leader of the land. began to wane. At the age of 14. When Elizabeth was only eleven years old. born in 1560. B. she was engaged to a man who would grow to be a powerful military . but there is the exaggerated and largely speculative story. the witness accounts (which had surfaced in 1765) were published for the first time. Turning to witchcraft once again. II. B. Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary Thesis Statement: Through her intriguing personality. It s a little hyperbolic to suggest there are two different versions of Elizabeth Bathory s past. political intuitiveness. she delivered an illegitimate child. A. The following year she was married to Count FerenczNadasdy. D. retained a childhood of sheer disgust hidden behind the curtain of royalty. were brought before her. Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary has led the life of one of the most fascinating yet neurotic leaders in all of Transylvania's history. Such experiences resulted in seizures that were believed at that time to make her neurotic.
she was never tried nor convicted but remained under house arrest at Csejte Castle. the girl snagged a knot. Also. Later on. but then returned home. it seemed to her that the skin beneath was fresher and more youthful. http://elizabethbathory. Another was found wounded and others locked up. Elizabeth slapped the girl hard enough to break the skin.html (http://bathory. and the starving of victims. her husband supposedly had forgiven her. The victim total is thought to be 650 though the number of victims which she were convicted were only 80. a bastard daughter with the peasant. . while a servant was brushing Elizabeth s hair. FerencNadasdy . also drinking it. The most popular version of how Elizabeth Bathory came to be such a cruel figure in history. when she was fifteen. One of these rumors reached the ears of King Mathias II. was also the wetnurse for all three of her daughters. collected from testimony of witnesses. Elizabeth began bathing in the blood of young women. Thorko. while Elizabeth s husband was out serving in the Hungarian military. according to some stories. It is said that Elizabeth first became truly acquainted with torturing others when she began disciplining the large staff of the castle. was her initiation into true bloodlust. When Elizabeth was only fourteen years old. she was immediately wed to her fiance. some sources claim that three years after she was engaged she had an affair with a peasant. However.figure. one day. She remained bricked in a set of rooms until her death four years later. they had two more daughters. and blood spilled onto her hand. After ten years of being married. the couple finally had a daughter.com/elizabeth-bthory-thestory. Thereafter. One of Elizabeth Bathory s accomplices. Jo Ilona. Rumors had circulated for years about missing peasant girls. biting the flesh off the faces. according to legend. Described atrocities. She was sequestered away by relatives in another household until the child was born. include. exists a book with exactly 650 names in it. all of the women Elizabeth Bathory killed. and throughout the next nine years. offered well paid work at the castle. the use of needles. they were never seen again. Bathory s manservant. however. they named her Anna. Due to her social status. Also. is believed to have introduced her to the occult. the book was never found. When Elizabeth wiped the blood away. and some claim. and one of the few things she did not do.org/shyla. arms and other bodily parts. and welcomed her home. who sent a party of men to the massive Castle Csejthe. According to popular lore. she had her first child. Afterwards. according to some sources. The idea that the Countess bathed in the blood of her victims to retain her youth is folklore. severe beatings over extended periods of time. Bathory ran away with a man for a short time. The men found one dead girl and one dying. burning or mutilation of hands. sometimes also of faces and genitalia.html for more info) Countess Elizabeth Bathoryis considered the most infamous serial killer in Hungarian/Slovak history.
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