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an excellent piece of postmodern history
on 17 October 2001
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.