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Elizabeth Bathory: A Memoire: As Told by Her Court Master, Benedict Deseo [Paperback]

Kimberly L. Craft

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July 1 2011
Accused of having murdered hundreds of her servants, Countess Elizabeth Báthory was walled alive in her castle until she died. Years later, desperate to know the truth behind his infamous mother's crimes, young Count Paul seeks out the only man still alive who can tell her story: Countess Báthory's court master and confidante, Benedict Deseö. However, revealing the truth could destroy the old man's sanity and, very possibly, ruin the family reputation which the count so desperately wishes to preserve. Using real names and places, this historic novella tells the behind-the-scenes story of what happened to Countess Báthory, including her own personal torture, the rage and fear that drove her to murder her servant girls, and a gothic tale of undying love.

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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (July 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463678479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463678470
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kimberly L. Craft holds bachelor and master's degrees as well as a juris (law) doctorate. An attorney and legal historian, Prof. Craft has spent over a decade researching the life and trial of Countess Báthory and over a year translating original source material into English. In addition to this new work of historical fiction, she has authored definitive biographies on the countess, including: "Infamous Lady: The True Story of Countess Erzsébet Báthory," and the "Private Letters of Countess Erzsébet Báthory."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" regarding Elizabeth Bathory Nov. 7 2011
By Steven E. Schier - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a striking book, suggesting that many pathologies occurred beyond the written record regarding the "blood countess" Bathory. Craft's interpretation is plausible, given the awful evidence we have at hand. It's written in a vivid fashion and shines a light on the horrible impact of servitude under feudalism. I had never really thought about this before, but sexual and physical abuse of servants must have been widespread under feudalism. This book brings it into bold relief.

Together, Craft's three books give us probably the most thorough and multidimensional picture of Elizabeth Bathory that we shall ever have. INFAMOUS LADY ably depicts the historical record of events; Bathory's LETTERS sheds insight into the perilous times Bathory faced and how such stress must have affected her; this MEMOIRE presents a plausible "between the lines" reading from the perspective of a trusted servant.

That's the whole picture -- as well as anyone can assemble it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical romance, very dark and disturbing but very good. June 4 2012
By M.R. Craft - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is not your typical light romance novel and it is not for the faint of heart, that said, I will say it is a very good book. Like "50 Shades of Gray", there is reference to very erotic and disturbing BDSM scenes, but in a sense it is actually more appropriate and tastefully done in this book as it reflects the time period and characters involved. Readers should go into this book with an open mind and should also have some prior knowledge of Elizabeth Bathory, who was a notorious serial killer back in the 1600s. If you have some background on her and her crimes then you will appreciate the twisted scenes that are based upon what has been related about her historically. I found them to offer some insights into what she may have been like and why and how the misogyny and brutality of the time period and her strange background may have led to her insanity. Even though the book has startling moments of violence, there is a bit of a bittersweet love story woven into the background between the narrator, Benedict Deseo, and his point of view and back-story of events that involved him and the young Countess Bathory. We also appreciate the quest of a young man, Paul Nadasdy, who is trying to find out the truth about his mother and what really happened to her. Ultimately, there is a reckoning that comes at the end of the story, which leaves the reader an opportunity to imagine a happier ending for the characters (in the style of Atonement) than what may have been the harsh reality. Again, you have to have an open mind and not be squeamish or easily offended by S&M or homo-erotic sexuality to read this book, otherwise you will be deeply disturbed by it. If you can handle or read past certain scenes, then you will enjoy the emotional story behind it. Those who are quick to judge this book negatively simply cannot appreciate the history or back-story behind it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deliciously guilty pleasure Aug. 25 2011
By Loran Scollo - Published on Amazon.com
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WOW is my first descriptive word for Prof. Kimberly Craft's new Countess novel. I had to keep reminding myself that this was only fiction - my jaw dropped and my eyes widened on certainly more than a few occasions.
It was wonderful to read Prof. Craft's personal thoughts and views on the Countess and her own ideas on what went on behind closed doors. I could not have asked for a better fictional book on the subject - reading this novel was, simply put, a guilty pleasure.
From beginning to end, it only took me under three hours to read this as it was just too delicious to put down. Extremely entertaining, at times horrifying, Prof. Craft captured the essence of the Countess to a T.
Thank you Kim, for writing yet another fantastic novel about our beloved Countess. All three novels are now displayed proudly on my bookshelf, with the hopes of more Countess novels to eventually join them.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time. March 28 2012
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After reading Infamous Lady and greatly enjoying it, I was excited to see that the author had also written a kind of historical fiction book about Countess Bathory. Unfortunately, this book seemed like a total afterthought. I felt like I was just reading excerpts from Infamous Lady, with a little bit of speculative filler in between each excerpt. There was very little "fleshing out" of these events. I was expecting everything to be retold passionately and descriptively, with lots of detail added. This is certainly not what was done, everything seemed really dry and rushed. Instead of forcing myself to finish this book, hoping at some point it would redeem itself (it didn't), I would rather have read a chapter at the end of Infamous Lady detailing the author's personal assertions regarding what was going on behind the scenes. Everything that she added in this book, she could have summed up in a couple pages, instead of dragging us through a whole book that has hardly any new material in it. Loved Infamous Lady, hated this one, I'm sorry!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunned. April 25 2014
By mzfitzMA - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know what came over me as I read this book. Simply put, this book frightened me. I've been having the most horrific nightmares for the last couple nights. Countess Bathory and her husband were both extremely cruel and sadistic people. This book was my first foray into the life of Elizabeth Bathory. I've always been interested in this woman because of all the alleged evil deeds attributed to her. This book is 155 pages of seriously depraved and stomach turning acts of the torture and abuse of hundreds of young servant girls at the hands of the Countess and a few hand picked cronies. The ONLY other book that scared me as much was "The Shining", by Steven King. I had to read "The Shining" sitting in our living room, in full day light, with my parents in the room. I was 14 years old at the time. I'm 49 now, lol! That's how much Kimberly Craft's book creeped me out! But, honestly, I also went through a period of around five years in my mid to late teens of only reading true crime, serial killer books. So I do not have a weak stomach when it comes to reading scary books. In fact, I love a good scary read, be it non fiction or fiction. I love being scared, but I'm a bit strange. For me, this book is a 5 star story. It's everything I love in a good scary book! I say read it. It's a quick and super shocking book. Well, I'm off to delve deeper into Countess Bathory's life. Happy reading!!

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