An Examination of the Life and Trial of Erzsébet Báthory by Dr. Irma Szádeczky-Kardoss Originally published in the September 2, 2005 and September 9, 2005, issues of the Hungarian science periodica…
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
We wonder how old time story tellers got their ideas. When the Brothers Grimm told the story of Snow White, the nemesis was a beautiful queen with a vanity issue. Determined to be the most beautiful in the land, the queen consulted her magic mirror to confirm her status. If the mirror gave another name, the girl was history, even when the girl was her own stepdaughter. The queen ordered the murder of Snow White and wanted her heart in a box.
In a time where the misspoken word could be your last, could the brothers have used stories to hide the truths about current rulers?
The Countess Bathory (born in 1560) was not your typical renaissance woman. She was engaged at age 11 and married to Fenrec Nadasdy at age 15. She was a tomboy. She insisted on the same education given her male cousins. She spoke several languages, Latin, German, and Hungarian among them, and she was well-read. Highly intelligent, she maintained seven castles while her husband was away at war.
Violence was an everyday part of her life. She witnessed the rape and murder of her sisters, and she witnessed a peasant sewn into the body of a horse as punishment for stealing children (no trial, just an accusation). The nobles meted out harsh treatment and peasants had no recourse. In order to bring a noble to trial, you had to be a noble yourself.
Countess Elizabeth Bathory on We Heart It - http://weheartit.com/entry/138785820
Weheartit isn’t a source. This is.
Countess Elizabeth Báthory is recorded as being one of the most prolific serial killers in history, and is estimated to have brutally tortured and killed between 80 and 650 young women between 1585 and 1610. But in recent years, the truth behind these tales has been brought into question and some scholars now argue that Elizabeth Báthory was no murderer, but rather the victim of political betrayal.