16th century Hungary was a place and time of unimaginable violence. Europe had been at war with itself and the Ottoman Turks for centuries. Hungary was located between the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottomans, and when those two empires weren’t battling each other on Hungarian soil, Hungary was battling itself. And after Hungarian nobles had squashed a recent peasant uprising, the Hungarian peasant class had become virtual slaves with zero rights, people the noble class could exploit however they wanted to. And since peasants were being constantly murdered anyway, what difference did 650 more disappearances, the number of victims Bathory is rumored to have killed, make? How did one woman stand out for excessive butchery in an age when butchery was the norm? Find out in another full-evil, medieval edition of Timesuck!
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Portrait of Elizabeth Bathory
Anna Friel as Bathory
Ferenc Nadasdy, the Black Bey (Black Knight)
Map of Europe, 1500
16th century map of divided Hungary
Reconstruction of Cachtice Castle (where Elizabeth lived and died)
Ruins of Cachtice Castle today
Underground chamber in Bathory’s castle