As the legend goes a servant girl had committed a small infraction and Elizabeth slapped her. Having made her nose bleed she noticed the blood removed her wrinkles. Being very vain she began bathing in the blood of virgins. This didnÂ’t erase the aging process however and Majorova, the forest witch, advised her that the virgins needed to be of noble blood.
Born August, 7, 1560 in Hungary to Baron George Bathory and Baroness Anna Bathory. Both were of the family Bathory. Such inbreeding was not uncommon in the aristocracy of 16th century Eastern Europe. The noble line kept pure was of paramount importance.
Countess Elizabeth Bathory spent her early life in Ecsed Castle in Hungary. She learned German, Greek and Latin. She was interested in Science and astronomy.
At the age of 12 she was engaged to Mr. Ferenc Nadasdy which was a political decision within the aristocracy of the time and set up by his mother, Ursala, to add prestige to their family.
In May 1575 she married Mr. Nadasdy who added Bathory to his less distinguished last name. Castle Csejthe in Slovakia was given to the Countess as a marriage present from her husband. He was made commander in chief of the Hungarian army troops around 1678.
He was off fighting the Turks most of the time actually enjoying fighting more than domestic life. When he was home he joined his wife in torturing and abusing young women and even taught her new methods.
Elizabeth had six children two of which died early. One illegitimate daughter, Anastasia and two other daughters and a son.
Her husband died in 1602.
Her main accomplices were her former nurse llona Joo, Thorko who taught her black magic, witches Dorthya, Szentes and Durvalia, dwarf majordomo Johannes Ujvary, and Erzi Majorova, a forest witch.
As the legend goes a servant girl had committed a small infraction and Elizabeth slapped her. Having made her nose bleed she noticed the blood removed her wrinkles. Being very vain she began bathing in the blood of virgins. This didn’t erase the aging process however and Majorova, the forest witch, advised her that the virgins needed to be of noble blood.
The servant girls were subjected to horrendous torture in their ladyship’s special chamber. The countess wrote in her diary that she murdered 610 virgin servant girls. Elizabeth would use molten wax, knives and branding irons to shed their blood.
This was a time when vampires were believed to be real. Peasants began to gossip about the bloody orgies at the Castle Csejthe. Seeing the countess in the company of a tall, pale stranger and taking him to be a vampire they took her to be one as well.
It is also said that the Countess was a lesbian who visited her lesbian aunt Countess Karla Bathory and participated in woman’s orgies.
Bathory went into the forest and cast a spell on King Matthias II of Hungary, Count Gyorgy Thurzo, her cousin and others she thought were against her. After a decade of vampirism, mutilating and bleeding dry nearly 650 village virgins she was now nearing her end.
On December, 29, 1610 Castle Csejthe was raided by Thurzo and the countess put under house arrest. Her accomplices were tortured and they confessed to crimes they were accused of and shortly there after were executed.
The countess went to no trial for she was royalty and could not be subjected to such things. King Matthias ordered her walled up in a windowless chamber where she lived until her death three years later on August, 21, 1614.