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Elizabeth Bathory: A Memoire: As Told by Her Court Master, Benedict Deseo

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Accused of having murdered hundreds of her servants, Countess Elizabeth Bathory was walled alive in her castle until she died. Years later, desperate to know the truth behind his infamous mother's crimes, young Count Paul seeks out the only man still alive who can tell her story: Countess Bathory's court master and confidante, Benedict Deseo. However, revealing the truth c ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Createspace
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1st out of 6 books — 21 voters
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Lady Jade
Okay, I like goth stuff, metal, vampires, witches, and true crime, but I also like romance and history. And I really liked this book because it has it all. I've been into Elizabeth Bathory since childhood and really appreciate Kimberly Craft's historical research on this fascinating and bizarre woman. I read both Infamous Lady and Private Letters, both straight up history books and both excellent since they offer info that you can't find anywhere else. What I like about this new book though is t ...more
Library Vixen
I became a fan of Craft's work after reading both of her groundbreaking, non-fiction titles about Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Infamous Lady: The True Story of Countess Erzsébet Báthory and The Private Letters of Countess Erzsébet Báthory. I was hooked and hopeful that this author would eventually release just one more book about this most "Infamous Lady", one that would still stay true to the history surrounding the Countess, yet let loose just a little bit and entice those of us who have a tast ...more
This is not your typical light romance novel and it is not for the faint of heart, that said, I will say it is a very good book. Like “50 Shades of Gray”, there is reference to very erotic and disturbing BDSM scenes, but in a sense it is actually more appropriate and tastefully done in this book as it reflects the time period and characters involved. Readers should go into this book with an open mind and should also have some prior knowledge of Elizabeth Bathory, who was a notorious serial kille ...more
Jenn Cunha
I'm torn about this book. I was definitely intrigued, but I think that was more because of the actual historical story than the writing. Craft needed an editor to help her out with formatting (because it drove me up a wall). I also think she fell victim to a new fiction writer faux pas. It felt like she was thinking, "Okay, I have all this information I want to tell my readers, let me get two characters together and one will tell a story." It did make me want to learn more about Elizabeth Bathor ...more
Torture porn
Die ungarische Gräfin Erzsébet Báthory gehört in die Reihe von Menschen, die uns heute noch faszinieren können: Serienmörder, Sadisten und Soziopathen. Bei vielen geschichtlichen Persönlichkeiten, denen man solche Neigungen zuschreibt, muss man aufpassen; oft genug stand eine Agenda dahinter (starke Frauen wurden in der Geschichte eher ungern gesehen, man vergleiche die Schmutzkampagne gegen Wu Zetian). Dieser Roman, verfasst von einer Sachbuchautorin zum selben Thema, lässt allerdin
Ravin Maurice
After becoming highly engrossed in Dr Craft's non fiction work about Countess Bathory I was extremely excited to see that she had decided to take a stab at fiction (no pun intend). And although this book is short, it does not disappoint.
I found this story to be very character driven, and Craft fell into the narrative with such ease you'd question whether she was an old pro. Her vision of the Countess is strong and viscous and so real she leaps off the page, her familiarity with her subject is o
I really liked this book. It seems that people either love it or hate it, and I suppose I know why. If you're looking for a nice romance, chick lit, or light historical fiction, do NOT read this book. Yes, it has an element of romance, but it is very much a gothic tale with graphic scenes and violence. Also, if you do not know who Elizabeth Bathory is or anything about her twisted history, you likely will not understand this book. That said, if you know about the world's worst female serial kill ...more
Ashley Logan
I have great respect for Kimberly Craft's work on Elizabeth Bathory. Being intrigued by her myself I was glad to meet someone who had actually done research and translated letters written by her and others. Her biographies on Bathory were wonderful. As a researcher I understand how daunting a task like this can be. As you research a subject you start to concoct your own theories as you start trying to read between the lines, so to speak. As you cannot subject your own theories into a historicall ...more
Freddie Hollerbein
Awesome book. Perfect read before bed if you like something compelling, edgy, and shocking. Yes, Elizabeth Bathory was a psycho serial killer who was eventually walled alive in her castle for her crimes. So, just imagine what she did as a young person....or what made her into a crazy person years later. It was a sick world back then. Seriously. I highly recommend this author's book, Infamous Lady: The True Story of Countess Erzsebet Bathory, for the non-fiction account of what went on. If this b ...more
Oh Lord. The writing style was dreadful, the format reminiscent of a grade school book report. I found the dialogue laughable, the descriptions forced, and the glaring issue of entire scenes lifted out of her nonfiction work - verbatim. The characters are also jarringly one-dimensional, and we are offered nothing beyond only the most basic of motivations to drive them. There is no arc, no spectrum, no crescendo. Skip this and read her nonfiction if you want an engaging story - it's far better wr ...more
This is not your typical chick-flick romantic books, If you're not familiar with Elizabeth Bathory and her bloody history I would't possibility recommend it.
I can't string any coherent thoughts and put together to better fit into this review; all in all, it's brilliant.
This is sadistic porn, right up there with the writings of the Marquis de Sade. It's so graphic as to exceed believability and enters into the realm of camp. I thought I was going to read a historical fiction novel but I ended up feeling like an unwilling participant in the author's voyeuristic fetish. Kind of like I was duped into reading it and she was standing behind me, titillated into a frenzy, getting herself off on my horrified reaction.
I felt like she used Elizabeth Bathory as a vehicle
Favorite one. Great story!
3.5 stars.

This is a short novella about the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, written by the same author of the excellent biography Infamous Lady: The True Story of Countess Erzsébet Báthory. The story is told by Benedict Deseo, who was court master to the Countess and likely witness to many of her crimes.

Ms. Craft is not afraid to show gruesome, chilling scenes: there are plenty in here, and the book is definitely not for the overly squeamish. However, I appreciated that the she was brave eno
Constance Markarian


I don't know what came over me as I read this book. Simply put, this book frightened me. I've been having the most horrific nightmares for the last couple nights. Countess Bathory and her husband were both extremely cruel and sadistic people. This book was my first foray into the life of Elizabeth Bathory. I've always been interested in this woman because of all the alleged evil deeds attributed to her. This book is 155 pages of seriously depraved and stomach turning acts of the
Tristan Shelton
Dark, disturbing, fascinating. This book is an intriguing fictional addition to the two non-fiction books on Bathory that this author has written. Craft states in the foreword that a fictional account allows her to take certain liberties and advance various theories on what went on behind closed doors with this sadistic woman yet lack a documented paper trail. The story flows effortlessly, drawing the reader back in time through the recollection of a close servant who witnessed one horrific deed ...more
Magis Tan
Wicked and delicious. And sad in parts, too, that two people who were so close could still be so divided socially. It's number two on the "EroticWhispers" list, so don't read this if you're looking for light romance!!!! All you haters out there, ("Not my cup of tea," "scarring," "blech,") READ THE REVIEWS FIRST.
Kelly Blithe
So, this is probably more like a 3.5. What I liked about this book is that it inspired me to learn more about this woman and why she went so freaking crazy. So, it may not be the best book but it did make me think and I love that. P.S. It is pretty graphic in it's descriptions so be warned.
Gottfried Reuter
Shocking. Well told story of history's most infamous female serial killer. Not for the faint of heart. Lovers of chic lit and romance BEWARE. This is NOT for you. Step away now. Do not look in dark places. For the rest of you, a fun romp.
William Anderson
Who doesn't love this, death, romance, intrigue, politics, and some eye popping, jaw dropping scenes. A great little read before bed. :)
Oct 23, 2011 Jim added it
This book was definitely NOT my cup of tea. Sorry Goodreads—I just couldn’t finish it. This book was a Goodreads First Reads win!
Arthur Lee
A juicy read, filled with some eye-popping scenes. LOVED it.
I actually feel sorry for the author :/
very interesting to say the least
Absolutely eerie. But I liked it ALOT.
This was scarring.
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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 Counte ...more
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