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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (27 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449513441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449513443
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kimberly L. Craft holds bachelor and master's degrees as well as a juris (law) doctorate. She also received a Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache from the Goethe Institut in Munich. Prof. Craft has served on various faculties, including DePaul University and Florida A&M College of Law. An attorney and legal historian, Prof. Craft has spent over a decade researching the life and trial of Countess Báthory and over a year translating original source material into English.


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This is an amazing book, I am fascinated by Elizabeth Bathory and always wondered if the legends were real and she was as cruel and sadistic as she was supposed to be, and it turns out she was even more sadistic and cruel. The things she does with the help of her weird creepy accomplices is terrible, but this is the best researched book on the Countess, don't spend loads of money on several books about her just get this one it is all you need. The way she tortured and killed, she was a true sadist and her life and crimes is brilliantly told in this great book. The accomplices intrigue me and disgust me, trying to blame it on eachother once they are arrested, they were as bad as the Countess. She lived a fairy-tale life yet she took the dark road, trust this book will put your suspicions at rest and you will realise she was a killer.

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I have to admit, I didn't really know that much about Elizabeth Bathory but since reading this book, I found her life story, whether infamous or not, fascinating; I really couldn't put it down. For any budding history buffs, or crime fans, this is simply a must; however, I did feel, towards the end of the book, it left more questions than answers, such as, "Was she really guilty of such heinous crimes, especially against children no older than 14 years", and if she was guilty, "Why did she resort to such cruelty"; in my opinion, history states that she was guilty but certainly not of killing 650 innocents; to end with, I would definitely recommend Infamous Ladyto anybody fascinated by Elizabeth Bathory's horrifying tale...
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An enlightening exploration into the disturbing crimes of the Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory ; but by the end of the prose , and after reading the extensive appendix - I was left with more questions than answers . That is unsurprising as the events surrounding the case took place 400 years ago , but I believe Craft ought to have been less unequivocal in her conclusions and maybe should have spent more time weighing the evidence for and against her guilt .

Craft rightfully dismisses the claim that Bathory killed over 600 girls , as well as the sensational claims about bathing in blood ,etc , and points mostly to witness testimony to establish the case against her. Unfortunately , much of the evidence collected from the 300 'witnesses' is based on rumours circulating in her court and in local communities. Also, the prime movers against her ( King Mattyas of Hungary and Thurzo the Palatine) are given the benefit of the doubt in involvement in any conspiracy against her , or of exaggerating / inventing her alleged crimes ; in spite of the fact that they stood to benefit from her removal . The king was seriously indebted to Bathory and also feared a military alliance between her and her relatives against him. The stakes for Mattyas were high indeed - he desired to become Holy Roman Emperor , an ambition he eventually achieved after Bathorys death .Meanwhile Thurzo's wife repeatedly raided Bathorys property for jewelry and other luxuries after the Countess was condemned. Thurzo himself was discussing the division of her estate with her sons-in-law before she was even arrested .

Bathory knew she was under threat from powerful forces by 1610 - the year of her arrest ; she was not as wealthy as she used to be and was in the vulnerable position of being a widow .
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Very informative, impartial, and thorough volume on a fascinating and oft-misunderstood personage in history. Decently written and obviously well-researched. If you're interested in this type of subject, get this book-- it will prove a truly insightful addition to your library.
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Again well written, well researched, gives facts as they actually happened. Was unputdownable (Kindle). Fascinating to the end. Have recommended to others.
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It was fairly interesting but quite repetitive.
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