Elizabeth Báthory

Elizabeth Báthory – Between fact and fiction

Erzsebet or Elizabeth Báthory; the sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess is not a household name, but her story is embedded in popular culture. Elizabeth is believed to have been a mass murderer, with the highest number of victims in the world.  Part fact, part legend, the idea of Elizabeth as a crazed, vampiric, lesbian has contributed massively [read more]

Bohemia

Catherine of Poděbrady – a life cut short

Catherine of Poděbrady and her twin sister Sidonie were born on 11 November 1449 at Poděbrady to King of Bohemia George and his first wife Kunigunde of Šternberk. Kunigunde died giving birth to her and her sister. Wedding negotiations began for her when she was just nine years old. She married Matthias Corvinus on 1 May 1463 at the [read more]