Cicva castle – Elizabeth Bathory

Most people associate Cachtice castle with the Blood Countess, Alzbeta Bathory,  but in her youth she used to live closer to me. Cicva castle, between Lake Domasa and the town of Vranov, was where she was married.

Because she was a Hungarian noble, most foreigners believe she was Hungarian by birth. She was in fact from the territory now known as Slovakia.

Given that she believed the blood of virgins would help to keep her young and beautiful, she qualifies as the only real vampire of the Middle Ages – Vlad Tepes,  Dracula,  was just a sadist in comparison.

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