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Countess Dracula: The Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess by [Thorne, Tony]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4753 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085UP9Y4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #482,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barthory is one of the most notorious figures in Hungarian history. Thorne examines all of the possible theories about her - that she really was a monster; that she was "fitted-up" by the Catholic Hapsburgs for being the only powerful Protestant woman aristocrat left in Hungary etc. By the end of this beautifully-written book the mystery has simply deepened, as the real Barthory eludes all the traps historians set for her.
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A fascinating read, Thorne puts forward several views on the Blood Countess, each made me stop and think. Not many books manage that. Also a section about various other 'evil' women through history along with the myths and legends of 15th century Hungary. Brilliant.
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I can well imagine that someone with a passion for Dracula- and related vampire legends might find this book a great addition to his library. To a relative outsider the book offers most of all a description how seventeenth century justice based it's verdicts on hearsay and unreliable witnesses. The story itself describes how these elements managed to change an admittedly harsh mistress of the manor (but probably only a little harsher than most Hungarian and Russian mistresses of the era) into a maniacal criminal in the eyes of her judges. The book also provides an interesting insight in 17th century Hungary's feudal and clan structures. Those of you hoping for blood-curdling relevations and true horror-stories will be disappointed by only been shown that the 'Blood Countess' was little more than a victim of gossip, clan interests and primitive trial practice.
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Well written, well researched, another good read for anyone who is avid (if elderly) student/reader of history. Would recommend without hesitation.
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