As with Vlad Tepes/Dracula, Elizabeth Bathory has some things that may have gotten confused in with the legend. The difference between the legends of Dracula and the Blood Countess is that the legend of the Blood Countess is actually mostly fact. Whereas the legend Dracula is a lot of fiction or a mixture of a little fact and a lot of fiction. Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess, is one of the most famous serial killers in history. She is a woman history will not soon forget. Her legend doesn’t exaggerate as much as some people believe it does. I have found a few facts that people believe, but are actually something else, or false allThe main part is the fact that Elizabeth did not drink the blood of maidens. Now she did kill a lot of maidens from the surrounding villages. The thing is, she would bleed out the maidens and bathe in their blood. Elizabeth believed that bathing in a maiden’s blood would make her appear younger. She first started believing this when she had a drop of a servant’s blood hit her hand after she had beaten the servant. She believed that the skin that had absorbed the blood appeared to have rejuvenated. This is why she would bathe in the blood instead of drink it. She believed that her skin was absorbing the blood while she bathed. Elizabeth believed this was her key to immortality.I believe that Elizabeth Bathory has been used as a kind of boogey monster with young girls. For example the mom saying “Make your bed, or Countess Bathory will take you in the night.” The thing is that Elizabeth was nobility. She didn’t tend to do much on her own.She never went into villages to kidnap the maidens that she would kill. She actually would have them sent up to her at Cachtice Castle. She had decided to start a finishing school for the maidens in the surrounding villages. The parents of the maidens would send the maidens to Elizabeth at Cachtice Castle for schooling. Something I found really interesting was that the body count reached 600 before Elizabeth was caught.
There have been some people that I have spoken with and didn’t believe that Elizabeth Bathory was a real woman. Apparently they don’t believe that a woman of medieval nobility would ever do such a cruel act. With one of my friends I told the story of Elizabeth Bathory, but left out her name and the fact that she was a woman. My friend still did not believe me. They thought that no one would be able to kill 100 people, let alone 600 people. When I tried to explain that she got away with it for so long because she was a woman of nobility, he joined the first group, not believing a woman of nobility would commit these acts. How my friends reacted made me think of how people reacted to Lizzy Borden. She was able to kill both of her parents but never answered for her crime.
Women can be just as lethal and conniving as men. Gender of a serial killer doesn’t always matter. The main thing is that they tend to think differently. They wold have to think differently in order to justify/live with what they do.
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December 4, 2013
November 30, 2013
Time for another fact or fiction. Again this one will be about Dracula because there is actually a fair amount of information we kind of get confused with Dracula and Vlad Tepes. Then again there are points that are the same about both Dracula Vlad.
One of the more interesting things between Dracula and Vlad Tepes is the reports of their love lives. Dracula had one wife who was the love of his life. Vlad Tepes was married twice. It is said that Vlad loved his first wife with all of his heart. It is speculated that Vlad may have married the second time only for convenience. In the myths, Dracula’s wife was killed. Many say she was killed by the Order of the Dragon in the myths. The new Dracula TV show actually uses that as part of their plot driver. Vlad’s first wife actually killed herself when she thought that he had been killed. Bram Stoker used this to his advantage when writing his book. He incorporated the idea of reincarnation. He made Mina Harker the reincarnation of Dracula’s first wife. In the new Dracula they do mention the name of Dracula’s first wife. The difference here is that the name of Vlad’s first wife is actually not known at all. Interestingly enough there are both differences and similarities when looking at the love lives of Dracula and Vlad Tepes.
Another similarity is the reports on the legendary cruelty that they both demonstrated. Then again, Bram Stoker did choose to base the character of Dracula on Vlad Tepes due to Vlad’s immense reputation for cruelty. I do enjoy how Dracula’s one weakness and the method in which to kill him, a wooden stake to the heart, was Vlad’s most favoured way to kill his enemies. Vlad would actually impale his enemies on large wooden stakes and leave them as a warning to others. This was a very similar practice to when the Romans would leave their enemies on crosses as a warning to their other enemies. Another interesting similarity with their cruelty is that they both have those who they were kind to. In the Van Helsing movie from 2004 Dracula had multiple wives and was in way kind to them. He also have Igor, Dr. Frankenstein’s old assistant, with him. Dracula was, again in a way, kind to Igor. Vlad Tepes was kind to those who were under his protection. Some of those people even saw Vlad as a saviour of kind.
Then there is the image of immortality. Dracula has immortality with the limitation that he hungers for blood and cannot have children. The limitation with the inability to have children is seen in the Van Helsing movie of 2004. It is interesting that Vlad Tepes also had the image of immortality. When an enemy would land a good hit on Vlad during battle it would appear that he did not actually get hit. This could have been done in a few different ways. I have heard that one man use to have crimson thread woven into his black clothing so that when he would bleed it would appear like there was no blood there. This was due to the crimson colouring that was already in the cloak. The limitation with Vlad was that he was actually human.
November 23, 2013
Hello everyone. Been really busy getting the book together, and out to be published. Sorry for the delay in posting. I have been getting a lot of requests for a fact versus fiction series of posts. Tonight’s will be about Count Dracula vs. Vlad Tepes. I will talk about last names and nicknames, the Order of the Dragon, and princes and counts.
First off the last name versus nicknames. Vlad did go by both Vlad Tepes, Vlad Dracula and Vlad the Impaler. One was his actual name and the other two were his nicknames. Tepes was Vlad’s actual last name. The name “Dracula” was given to Vlad upon joining with the Order of the Dragon. “Dracula” means son of the Dragon. It could be possible that Vlad got this nickname because his father had the nickname Dracul when he was in the Order of the Dragon. Vlad earned the tag “the Impaler” to the end of his name when he came back to Wallachia from Turkey. If you want to know why he was in Turkey you can read a previous post of mine. Vlad had developed a liking to impaling his victims on wooden stakes. This was why he was called Vlad the Impaler. Three different names for one man, and like Transylvania a real man. One was a surname, one a nickname and the final one a tag to the end of his name.
Another thing that some people may get confused on is the Order of the Dragon. There have been some instance where it is said that the Order was a secret society. The newest Dracula TV series claims that it is a secret society. It was actually not very secret. Especially since they got nicknames that reflected their membership to the Order, like Dracul and Dracula. It was a very exclusive group. They had to be invited into the group by the Holy Roman Emperor at the time. The whole reason Vlad’s father joined was to that he could have support in keeping his title as Prince of Wallachia. For this to be effective it would have to have been known that he was in the Order of the Dragon. Therefore the Order could not have been a secret society. It was just extremely exclusive.
Then there is the whole issue around titles. The character Dracula was called a Count. Vlad Tepes was a Prince. Then again there were some movies and TV shows that acknowledge the character of Dracula as having been a Prince of Wallachia. Vlad was actually not supposed to inherit the title though. It was supposed to have been his older brother, but he was assassinated along with their father while Vlad and his younger, Radu, were in Turkey. Vlad did avenge his father and brother and take back the throne of Wallachia. The funny thing is that he actually was unable to hold the throne for very long either. He lost it three times. In total he only held onto the throne for 6-8 years. Whereas the character of Dracula was said to have held his title since he inherited it. He never lost it to anyone.
Interesting facts can be found when you just look at the fact versus the fiction. Don’t worry there is still more to come. If there are any requests for future fact versus fiction posts please let me know.