Monday, November 7, 2011

0 The Countess review

Title: The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory
Author: Rebecca Johns
Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-307-58846-3
paperback, 284 pages
genre: historical fiction 


Summary:
In 1611, Countess Erzsébet Báthory, a powerful Hungarian noblewoman, stood helpless as masons walled her inside her castle tower, dooming her to spend her final years in solitary confinement. Her crime—the gruesome murders of dozens of female servants, mostly young girls tortured to death for displeasing their ruthless mistress. Her opponents painted her as a bloodthirsty škrata—a witch—a portrayal that would expand to grotesque proportions through the centuries.


My thoughts:
The Countess by Rebecca Johns details the life of Countess Erzsebet Bathory. It is rumored that in Erzsebet Bathory's lifetime she killed more than 600 girls. Some allegations are more heinous
 that others. Some believe this was all a way to bring down a powerful woman. Rebecca Johns sifts through the details of Bathory's life in this interesting novel. 

This novel takes the form a journal that Bathory wrote in prison documenting the details of her life so that her son may know the truth of her imprisonment. She begins her journal telling of her youth, her siblings, her betrothal to her future husband. She also details her loneliness, her heartbreak, her hopes.  Bathory is a highly intelligent woman. At the young age of 11 she's sent off to live with her future mother in law. While living at their palace she is the subject of scorn around the servants. To earn their respect she has to be harsh. She has to be fair and unyielding. It is in this that the rumors get started. Bathory's harshness and punishments are legendary. 
This is an interesting novel to read. Countess Erzsebet Bathory is a intriguing historical figure. Rebecca Johns takes a close look at this thrilling tale of an accused serial killer. She gives plenty of apt details to this thrilling book. So was it a political plot or is she a serial killer? You'll have to read the book to find out.


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