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TortureChamberThe legend of the Bloody Countess, the Whore of Cachtice, the Beast, history’s most notorious female serial killer, Countess Erzsébet Báthory. The cruel story of a vain woman, an iron maiden and over six hundred virgin girls; their lifeblood taken from them most cruelly in an embrace of iron spikes and used to fill baths for the Countess to immerse herself naked in. This sorcery, her witches tell her, will keep her forever young and beautiful whilst her noble status not only offers her protection but an endless supply of victims plucked from her household servants.

That is the legend of Báthory, which will course through THE SCARLET COUNTESS like blood, but Countess Báthory was also a real person. Hungary at the dawn of the 17th Century. A nation caught between old medieval superstition and the new enlightenment of the Renaissance, between the might of the invading Ottoman Empire and the Holy Roman Emperor in Vienna. A country beset by the savagery of war, struggling for its survival and to preserve the order of Europe from  invading eastern hordes.

Against this backdrop, in a secluded mountaintop castle, the powerful Countess Erzsébet Báthory is put under arrest during the dead of night by the Chief Palatine of Hungary. Her crimes include treason, sorcery, sadism and murder. Denounced and destroyed, she is to be cast aside into the dust of forgotten history. By official command the book is to be closed forever on her.

THE SCARLET COUNTESS shines a light on Erzsébet Báthory’s story – both legend and history, in a way never quite seen before. So settle in dear readers and prepare to peek behind the curtain of this dark tale ripped from the bloody pages of history – the foul tragedy of Countess Erzsébet Báthory.

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