- 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)
Infamous Lady: The True Story of Countess Erzsébet Báthory Paperback – 27 Oct 2009
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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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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 .Read more ›
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