The Countess

The Countess

A Novel

Book - 2010
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1611 Hungary. Countess Erzsébet Báthory (aka the Blood Countess), being walled into a castle tower as punishment for the murder of dozens of women and girls, begins writing her life story as an exposé of the many betrayals that have brought about this--as she sees it--outrageous and unjust imprisonment.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307588456
0307588459
Characteristics: ix, 285 p. ; 25 cm

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Basileus
Nov 19, 2011

A very good novel about a very controversial historical figure. While I have my doubts that Bathory actually killed over 800 young girls, it is probable that quite a few girls died while in her service. The author takes the opinion that as Countess of various households, it was her job to maintain order in the house, and that included administering discipline and punishment. Bathory, in fact, saw it as part of her job description. Over time, her punishments become more arbitrary, and while she never actually admits it, she comes to enjoy the punishments. Of course, her actions considered now, she was nothing more than a psychopathic serial killer. And just like serial killers of today, she justify's her actions and considers herself innocent of any crime. Of course, if she was innocent, why hide the bodies and any evidence?

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jenren84
Sep 01, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, I found it interesting both historically and psychologically in the way the character tries to justify her actions.

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nic03red
Jan 19, 2011

A very interesting subject. Now that i've read this book i'm interested in reading more about the countess. As I was reading, I wondered how much of the story was based on historical fact and how much is made up. At times I felt sorry for her. Overall, great story of how the mind of a serial killer works.

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