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Elisabeth Báthory – a true story
Elisabeth Báthory – a true story

Author(s): Aleksandra Bartosiewicz
Subject(s): Cultural history, Modern Age, Special Historiographies:
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Elisabeth Báthory; legend of the ‘Blood Countess’; palatine Thurzó

Summary/Abstract: Almost everyone has heard the legend of cruel Elisabeth Báthory who bathed in the blood of young virgins to preserve eternal youth. The countess is also known as one of the bloodiest women in Europe. She is registered on the world list of Guinness records as the biggest serial killer of all time. However, there is a doubt whether she committed all crimes attributed to her. Thus, the article presents two alternative biographies of the Hungarian aristocrat: one that derives from legends, and the other that is based on historical facts recently determined by contemporary researchers of the topic.

  • Issue Year: 17/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 103-122
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English