The Bloody Countess: The Atrocities of Erzsebet Bathory .. Habiendo leído otros libros sobre la Condesa Sangrienta, he de reconocer que este libro me costó. Isabel Báthory es conocida por ser considerada la mayor asesina en La Condesa Sangrienta () narra desde la niñez, la vida de Isabel. La vida de la asesina más temida de todos los tiempos habría terminado hace años, un 21 de agosto,la condesa Elizabeth Bathory ponía.

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However, where this is different is Erzsebet was very much into the occult so this had a very different feel to it than other nightmarish things that I have subjected myself to reading.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The title sajgrienta this biography, written by the poet Valentine Penrose, is misleading.

It really is wonderfully written, and a joy to read albeit clumsy at times, presumably because it was translated – just don’t use it for your thesis project, because its historical sobriety is akin to King Jesus by Robert Graves. Many looked to Countess Elizabeth Bathory when attempting to explain the disappearances. Totally unreliable as a history but ok as a macabre and Surrealistic fantasy.

Penrose made surrealist collages.

Elizabeth Bathory : La condesa sangrienta / The Bloody Countess

The foreword made the book seem promising–it mentioned many personal letters and historical context. The young daughters of Hungarian noblemen whose education she had been entrusted with started to disappear or fall mysteriously ill: Descended from one of the most ancient aristocratic families of Europe, Erzsebet Bathory bore the psychotic aberrations of centuries of intermarriage.

Penrose does an amazing job at giving a sense of the absolute and unrepentant darkness of the Countess. Howeve I found this book to be a disappointment. This was a bit like pulling teeth for me to get through. At times, the book loses your attention through its rather monotonous approach at explaining individuals and their histories, but there’s enough blood and horror in this biography to keep you pushing forward.



OMG the most boring book I’ve ever attempted to read. Nov 22, Greg rated it did not like it. Most of them were afflicted by mental illness, but that didn’t matter since they had brilliantly survived the turmoils of their time, a dark era of continuous warfare and political murders. Apr 26, Emma Woodcock rated it liked it. Also, the filthiest parasites and criminals did not miss the chance to scrounge money off the Countess by feeding her obsessions with hocus-pocus black magic and exploiting her sexual depravity.

Want to Read saving…. The translation to English is less than seamless, making for a stilting read, but this book is worth every second. Awakening these dark powers within herself, she would live o “The moon being in Capricorn, it was advisable to bathe in the middle of the night, to the accompaniment of the interminable and sangrrienta drone of magic spells, in a bath of bitter resin.

This subject is simply sangrienfa dark for me, and I have read many many books about atrocities and genocide. Did Elizabeth Bathory really torture and murder hundreds of innocent young girls?

La escalofriante historia de la condesa de Transilvania que se bañaba en sangre

Wikimedia Commons A late 16th century copy of codesa now lost sole portrait of Elizabeth Bathory, painted in when she was There is very little in this book that cannot be learned elsewhere and the sources are somewhat lacking.

After discovering and falling in love with Solar Books the other week, I realized that I already had one of their books–The Bloody Countess.

It’s actually for research, but Erzebat Bathory always fascinated me. All this brought that proud, ambitious and mentally ill girl to the point of no return.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The poor translation by Alexander Trocchi doesn’t help. Alas, she also had the power to quench her thirst. Since then, views that Bathory tortured her servants began to spread. However it would be a good introductory book for those with little to no knowledge about Elisabeth Bathory aka The Blood Countess.


At times, the book loses your attention through its rather monotonous approach at explaining individuals and their histories, but there’s enough blood Still a lot snagrienta discrepancies amidst sangeienta historical atrocities of The Blood Countess. A fun read, as long as you don’t take it as gospel. This book was about Erzsebet Bathory, but the last quarter of the book went into many details and stories about Gille de Rais.

Perplexingly awful; I’m one of those gullible fraidy-cat types who loves a good story about serial killers medieval or otherwisebut I couldn’t finish this.

In the heart of her room, encircled by candelabras, nothing but herself; a self always unseizable, and whose many faces she was forever unable to assemble in a single look.

That said, one witness claimed to have seen a book kept by Bathory herself, where she recorded the names of all of her victims — in total. She was a bloodsucking demon sent from hell to murder virgins. If you’re interested, there is a bit about her online, although you need to sort through the sensationalism versus known facts – that’s why I ended up with this book.

Oct 05, Max Renn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The prose is execrable and I don’t think you can entirely blame the translateryet oddly readable.

As to the letters, only three were presented at the very end of the book. SO if you’re interested just in the character like me, the loads of Hungarian history is pretty boring.