In today's society there are some values that set trends and standards of beauty suitable. Millions of people are obsessed with their physical appearance and will do anything to try to be perfect. But it is something only current?
We have already seen that Neanderthals were in fashion, but let's look at a slightly more exaggerated case.
The truth is that over the centuries, ideals of beauty have changed greatly and people have always strived to appear younger and more beautiful.
In fact, there are extreme cases in which real follies have been carried out to achieve this goal.
One of the most prominent is that of Countess Elisabeth Báthory of Hungary, which is considered the Female dracula. History remembers her as one of the greatest serial killers.
Biography of Isabel Báthory
Elisabeth was born on August 7, 1560 by George and Anna Báthory. Several members of his family held important positions in Hungarian society at the time, such as Stephan bathory, who was Prince of Transylvania and King of Poland.
During his childhood he witnessed various acts of torture of criminals.
This, along with the influence of relatives who were cruel to the service, such as his aunt Klara who amused herself by torturing the servants, forged his way of being.
Countess Báthory and the Dark Arts
At the age of 15 she married him Count Ferenc Nadasdy, a great warrior known as'The Black Hero of Hungary'. Because of his office, the count spent long periods away from his wife.
During these time periods, one of the servants named Thorko taught him the dark arts.
Soon after, with the help of his former nurse Ilona Joo, his butler János Ujvary and two witches named Darvula and Dorottya Szentes, began to torture the castle maids.
Some of the punishments he imposed consisted of dragging them into the snow by throwing cold water to make them freeze to death or sticking pins under the nails or in the lips of the girls.
In 1600 the count perished in a battle, which unleashed Elisabeth's atrocities.
Having already turned 40, the countess began to worry about her physical appearance, since she was deteriorating little by little as she aged.
The origin of his greatest crimes was the day one of his maids was brushing his hair and accidentally yanked it; the countess slapped him so hard that blood splattered her hand.
When cleaning it, could appreciate that that area was smoother and softer like that of a young woman.
The fountain of eternal youth
At that moment he believed he had discovered the fountain of eternal youth. He ordered the young woman to bleed to spray her blood all over her body so that all of him would stay young.
For a whole decade he was committing the most heinous crimes that you can think of. His accomplices managed to take girls to the castle, usually in low condition, to drain them through dark rituals and thus be able to bathe with that blood.
At first he gave them a Christian burial, but there came a time when the number of deaths was so high that the parish priest of the area refused to continue doing his work, since he considered that there were too many young people who died in strange conditions.
He became suspicious of the countess, so she threatened him not to tell anything.
The last years of Countess Báthory
In recent years it became more careless and began to bury the bodies in random places, where they could be easily discovered by the inhabitants of the nearby areas, such as in the surrounding fields, the stream at the back of the castle, the kitchen garden, etc.
All this was discovered when one of the future victims of the Countess escaped from the castle, so that she was able to inform the authorities of the events that were taking place in the castle.
The King Mátyás II ordered the governor of the province György Thurzo, who was also a cousin of the countess, attack the castle.
The assault took place on December 30, 1610. What they discovered inside horrified them.
Some examples of this are a dead girl in the main room completely bled and another next to her who was still alive with her body pierced.
Girls who had been pierced several times were locked in the castle dungeons; Furthermore, under the castle dozens of lifeless bodies of the young women that he had been assassinating in his obsession to stay young and beautiful were found.
The trial of Isabel Báthory
Between January 2 and 7, 1611, the trial took place for such crimes. The countess's aides were testifying, stating that the number of girls tortured had been much less than it actually was.
A witness known as the maiden Zusanna, showed a list that showed a record of all the young women who had passed through the castle, a list that the countess herself had made and whose number amounted to 650.
As it was found out, they were tortured for weeks and even months on many occasions, both by the servants and by the countess herself.
The torture was carried out with scissors, pins and even irons were driven into them when they were put into cages hanging from the ceiling that offered showers of blood.
After the testimonies came the sentences. All his accomplices were sentenced to death and cremated. For example, in the cases of Ilona Joo and Dorottya Szentes, were condemned to have their fingers pulled off by red-hot pliers so that their bodies were thrown into the fire afterwards.
The judgment of Bathory
These judgments could not be applied to the Countess Báthory due to its nobility. The King Mátyás II He wanted to sentence her to death, but due to a relative of Elisabeth who was Prime Minister, it was not carried out.
Thus, her sentence was to remain imprisoned with life imprisonment in her castle torture chamber, walling off all the windows and entrances to the wings, except for a small gap where food could pass.
On July 31, 1614, he made his last testament known to two priests of the cathedral of the bishopric of Esztergom. It was clear in him that he wanted his properties to pass to his children in equal parts.
At the end of that year, one of the jailers wanted to see the countess for a moment and, taking a little look through the opening through which the food was passed, he could see that she was dead on the floor.
At first they wanted to bury her in the town to which the castle belonged, but after the protests of the inhabitants of the area it was decided to transfer the body to the original place of the Báthory family, the city of Ecsed.
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