Archive for October, 2013

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Yes to pick up from our introductory post, it was a fascinating but lengthy process, sifting through all the legends that have grown up around Báthory over the centuries – separating the myths not just from the substantiated facts, but carefully reading through the lines of trial documents and letters to form our own views on the unspeakable crimes she is said to have perpetuated around 400 years ago in the dungeons of the Countess’s many castles, and in her riding coach and in the country air – or so it was claimed at the time. To lift from the blurb which accompanies the video:
“Some said she was beautiful. Some said she was intelligent. Some said she was powerful. Some said she tortured over 600 virgin girls and bathed in their blood to keep herself forever young with dark magic. This is what the history books record but this is only half the story.”
Send shivers down your spine? It does ours.
Press “play” is all you have to do for an early look at the visual development from the heavily researched new graphic novel on Countess Erzsébet Báthory. Written by Sam Robinson-Horley & Scott Alexander Young, with artwork by Tamás Vári & colouring by Máté Vadas.

Just who, it is possible you may ask if you’ve been living under a rock for the last 400 years, was Báthory? Well, The Dark Lady was a Hungarian noblewoman of the renaissance era, who was accused of torturing and murdering 100s of young girls; serving wenches at first, and then …as her diabolical appetites grew, daughters of the nobility. Before her arrest, she had been one of the wealthiest women in Hungary, and widow to one of its most fearsome warriors, Ferenc Nádasdy, known in his own time as the “Black Knight” of Hungary.