Countess of Transylvania,
vampire: Born 1560/61; died, August 21, 1614.
In order to improve her
complexion and also to maintain her failing grasp on her youth and vitality, she
slaughtered six hundred innocent young women from her tiny mountain
principality. The noble Báthory family
stemmed from the Hun Gutkeled clan which held power in broad areas of east
central Europe (in those places now known as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and
Romania), and had emerged to assume a role of relative eminence by the first
half of the 13th century. Abandoning their tribal roots, they assumed the name
of one of their estates (Bátor meaning 'valiant') as a family name. Their power
rose to reach a zenith by the mid 16th century, but declined and faded to die
out completely by 1658. Great kings, princes, members of the judiciary, as well
as holders of ecclesiastical and civil posts were among the ranks of the
Adopting an exalted name did
not alter some basic familial preferences among lesser lights however, and in
order to consolidate more tenuous clingings to influence there was considerable
intermarriage amongst the Báthory family, with some of the usual problems of
this practice produced as a result. Unfortunately, beyond the 'usual problems'
some extraordinary difficulties arose (namely hideous psychoses) and several
"evil geniuses" appeared, the notorious and sadistic Erzsébet the most prominent
of them. Truly, she was evil enough to be recognized as one of the original
"vampires" who later inspired Bram Stoker to write the legend of Dracula -- but
unlike Stoker's story, she was real.
Unusual for one of her social
status, she was a fit and active child. Raised as Magyar royalty, as a young
maid she was quite beautiful; delicate in her features, slender of build, tall
for the time, but her personality did not attain the same measure of fortuitous
development. In her own opinion her most outstanding feature was her often
commented upon gloriously creamy complexion. Although others were not really so
equally impressed with the quality of her rather ordinary skin, they offered
copious praise if they knew what was good for them, as Erzsébet did not accept
unenthusiastic half-measures of adulation; and she was vindictive...
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Vlad the Impaler wasn"t bloodthirsty at all but simply a victim of propaganda, a new exhibition has claimed.
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Two Italian entrepreneurs have launched a perfume inspired by the scent of human blood.The "Blood Concept" scent comes in four varieties named after blood types but does not contain any actual blood. "Blood Concept is just a celebration of human life through an interpretation of its evolutionary process," said one of its creatorsAntonio Zuddas. In keeping with the hematic theme, the four scents come in 1. 35-ounce vials with reddroppers, and the website includes background images ...Vampire stalking Siberian livestock
Farmers in Siberia having reported their goats being killed by a mystery creature and drained of blood.One animal keeper described an experience one night when she heard strange noises and went outside to find one of her goats dead with bite marks on its neck. Locals in rural areas areup in arms because the police are reluctant toinvestigate the incidents. . A blood-sucking creature is preying upon goats near Novosibirsk. As rational explanations run thin on the ground, the specte...Elizabeth Báthory - The Blood bathing Countess
Rarely has any
creature of mythology taken such a firm hold upon the popular imagination as has
the vampire. He is a prince of the night, an erotic and sensuous being with
powers beyond mortality, and a history that stretches back centuries... except
that this isn't the Slavic vampire at all! No - it is the post-Dracula vampire
of modern society, the iconic modern vampire. To unearth the genuine thing
('genuine' in reference to the creature believed in by the various Slavic