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The Private Letters of Countess Erzsebet Bathory by Kimberly L. Craft
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May 02, 2011

it was amazing
Read in May, 2011

From the moment I finished reading the author's first book,Infamous Lady: The True Story of Countess Erzsébet Báthory, I was eagerly anticipating her next one. I would have simply been appeased with any sort of additional information or supplementation about Countess Elizabeth Bathory, but this book totally exceeded my expectations! It is a historically rich and compelling work that gives readers a look inside the "everyday" life, and possible state-of-mind, of one of history's most legendary and enigmatic women. Through careful research and painstaking translation of actual letters written by the Countess herself, Prof. Craft has shed new light on the circumstances and political intrigues which surrounded Bathory during the time frame in which she had allegedly committed some of history's most heinous crimes, pegging her as one of the "world's worst serial killers". This book reveals a very different side of the Countess; it is not that of an insane, blood-lusty, murderess, but rather, it is that of a strong noblewoman with oppressing odds working against her as she desperately tries to maintain order of her estates and protection of her villages in a time of political and papal chaos; it is the side of a widow and a mother, who is tired and, at times seemingly defeated, reaching out for help and guidance. This companion to "Infamous Lady" is an excellent "mini" biography of Countess Bathory. It is well written and easy to understand, enjoyable for both the history novice and advanced enthusiast alike, a must-have for history buffs and those interested in the life of Countess Bathory as well as those interested in forensic psychology and the criminal mind.

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