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Elizabeth Bathory by Kimberly L. Craft
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it was amazing
bookshelves: books-read-in-2011

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 historically correct book the only option you have is to write your own fictional novel about your own theories. This is what Ms. Craft has done and she has done it beautifully with this novel. I can see how the fictionalized story could have possibly happened. I can see how being betrayed, even though it wasn't the person's fault that possibly betrayed her, can put someone over the edge. Especially if they had been through a personal hell of their own before. While there are graphic scenes in this book I believe they are appropriate. Bathory was not a gentle woman and definitely killed many girls, although how many may never be known. This book filled in possible missing holes in the story. While it is fictionalized I believe that it could be accurately correct about some things. Unfortunately over the centuries Bathory's story is hard to tell. Trying to separate fact from myth can be hard to do and as her name was forbidden to be spoken for a long time it also added to the mystique. As documents were lost over the centuries it had to be hard to research Bathory and, once again, I applaud Ms. Craft for undertaking this task. We will always wonder what really happened with Elizabeth Bathory and what her true story was, but I think this novel does a great job at giving us possibilities of what her life must have been like. I, for one, think it is a sad story. Not just because young girls were tortured and murdered but because Bathory must have lived a miserable life to have been capable of committing such crimes. A person just doesn't suddenly start doing things like this because they one day feel like it. There is always a catalyst and I believe that this novel may be the closest thing we will get to understanding why Bathory might have done all of the crimes she did.
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Reading Progress

August 1, 2011 – Started Reading
August 1, 2011 – Shelved
August 1, 2011 –
page 39
25.32% "Loving this book so far. Check it out! Kimberly Craft is a wonderful writer! But this book is extremely graphic so if you're squeamish you have been warned!"
August 2, 2011 –
page 98
August 2, 2011 –
page 154
August 2, 2011 – Shelved as: books-read-in-2011
August 2, 2011 – Finished Reading

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