Born in 1560 in Hungary, the Countess Elizabeth Bathory was one of the most controversial of her time, thanks to its peculiar habits when it came to treating her maids. Advanced in education she was fluent in German, Slovak and Greek at a time when few people could read or write in their own native language, she had strong temperament and personality as to repel a Turkish invasion of (Picture >) their property in Csejthe ( Cachticz or Cachtice ). But her fame is mainly due to the fact that she had the strange habit of cruelly torturing her victims.
Different accounts ascribe to it the atrocities, cruel even by the standards of the time, real motives are mysterious; torture ranging from pure sadism to an aesthetic obsession, which is supposed to have taken to bathing in the blood of her nearly 300 victims in order to remain forever young.These allegations were never proven, yet the Countess was sentenced to spend the rest of his life imprisoned in a room of her castle, where she died three years later, in 1614. After her death, her name was declared prohibited throughout Hungary by King Mathias d'Habsburg, and this went on for over a hundred years until, in 1744, Fr. Laszlo Turoczi ( Ladislaus Turoczi ) the Jesuit, went on to write the history of the kings of Hungary entitled Ungaria suis cum regibus compendio data , devoting an entire chapter to the life of the "Tigress of Csejthe", removing it from the darkness of time.