Over the next week, I’ll be participating in the May Monster Madness Blog Hop hosted by Annie Walls, Emma from Little Gothic Horrors, and Ked from Something Wicked this Way Comes. It’s such a great idea, especially for all horror fans.
I’ve decided to take a closer look at some real life monsters that have inspired movies and books. Nothing too heavy, just things I found quite fascinating. First up, is:
ELIZABETH BATHORY, Born 1560-61; died 1614
– She comes from the noble Bathory family who held power in several areas in Europe – Hungary, Romania, Poland and Slovakia.
– At the age of 11, she was engaged to Ferenc Nadasdy, a very wealthy Hungarian nobleman, in a supposed political arrangement. At 14 and a half years old, she married Ferenc, who was only 16.
– At the age of 13, Elizabeth fell pregnant to a servant at the Castle. The servant was cast to a pack of dogs after his privates were cut off, ouch, and once the baby was born, it was quickly ‘unassociated’ from the family.
– Elizabeth’s wedding present from her new husband was a castle. She was an educated lady who read and spoke in four languages.
– Because Ferenc traveled a lot, Elizabeth found herself alone a lot and grew bored. As an incredibly rich woman, it is said she started getting interested in seers, alchemists and witches, learning as much as of their craft as she could.
– Her husband died sometime between 1602-1604, and this is when she apparently starting paying attention to her appearance – after all she needed a new suitor. Add to that she was next in line to become King of Poland. So maintaining her youth and vitality became a priority.
– After getting blood on herself after hitting a servant and discovering her skin looked fresher, she called her alchemists. They informed her that there had been a case in history where the blood of a virgin had left somehow caused the skin of someone of nobility to look younger.
– Reports state that she started to take local peasant girls, horribly tortured them, and that she may have bathed in their blood. In need of more girls, she killed daughters of lesser gentry, who were sent to her to learn about courtly etiquette. Abductions were very common too.
– The exact number of people she killed is unknown, but some believe it to be as high as 650, though other reports state it could be as low as 36-37.
– Finally, the Hungarian authorities started investigating the many claims they’d received about Elizabeth’s atrocities.
– In 1610 she was under house arrest with four of her servants accused of being her accomplices
– While her case did go to court, Elizabeth was never brought to trial, however her family had her imprisoned in her castle for life. She was kept in a room bricked up, with only small slits for ventilation and passing of meals. Four years later she died.
Until next time…
How does May Monster Madness work? Well, it’s a blog hop featuring posts about monsters from May 11-17. Anything you can think of as long as it has something to do with monsters… crafts, lists, movies, funnies (a personal favorite)… anything!
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