The Blood Countess

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Pub Date 28 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 27 Dec 2023

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Two women separated by five hundred years, each with a secret - the infamous ‘Blood Countess’(1560-1614), notorious for bathing in the blood of six-hundred-and-fifty women in Renaissance Hungary and Transylvania; and the woman driven to re-write her story in the present - an academic who lives in and out of time because of a near death experience and who escapes ruin at the hands of rival scholars desperate to see her and her world destroyed at any cost.

But Bathory’s story will be told! Not as a murderer or a dark witch, as history would have us believe today, but as a woman who became a subversive printer and smuggler of banned books, rocked the religious foundations of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with only a band of faithful refugee women to help her, and who’s revolutionary ideas would challenge even the Emperor himself! Bathory’s modern day chronicler becomes the cipher of this secret history, uncovering the real life of the Blood Countess. What she doesn’t know is that the Blood Countess is rewriting her across time…

Based on 100s of hours of original historical research, this novel is a transformational account of not only of the infamous story of the so-called Blood Countess, but a searing exploration of what history is and what history does to women.

Two women separated by five hundred years, each with a secret - the infamous ‘Blood Countess’(1560-1614), notorious for bathing in the blood of six-hundred-and-fifty women in Renaissance Hungary and...


A Note From the Publisher

Annouchka Bayley is an Assistant Professor at Cambridge University, Director of the Arts Creativities and Education Masters programme, Chair of the Arts and Creativities Research Group, and a Fellow of Darwin College where she works on the communication of science. She has written, directed and performed over twenty one woman shows and is an Emerging Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She lives in Cambridge.

Annouchka Bayley is an Assistant Professor at Cambridge University, Director of the Arts Creativities and Education Masters programme, Chair of the Arts and Creativities Research Group, and a Fellow...


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Many of us have heard the story of Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess, an alleged Hungarian serial killer of young girls. This book provides a different history. A story about a noble woman trying to survive the political and religious turmoil of the times. Bathory's tale is intertwined with a female academic from the present. It is full of mysticism (which was confusing at times). The book also portrays the suffering of woman and the power of stories.

This book is intense. I liked the historical aspects of the story. The magical elements were a bit complicated but they definitely added to the story. I loved the message of the heart and love.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Troubador for a copy of this book.

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Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I really loved the historical aspect of a story that seems so mysterious and horrific. I liked that the countess was made human and seemed to be so different from all the versions that we can read of her today. It was a fascinating read overall. 3 stars.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Matador Publishing for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.

Wow, what a fascinating and thought-provoking read! This book boldly rewrites the narrative of the notorious Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, and I was hooked from start to finish. I loved how the author wove together the parallel stories of Bathory and a modern-day academic, both driven by a passion for uncovering the truth. The historical details transported me to Renaissance Hungary and Transylvania, and I was captivated by the portrayal of Bathory as a subversive printer and smuggler of banned books. The themes of feminism, power, and the manipulation of history resonated deeply with me. I also appreciated how the author highlighted the cutthroat world of academia, where rival scholars will stop at nothing to discredit one another. Overall, this book has left a lasting impression on me, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a compelling and intelligent read.

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The cover is what drew me in and I’m so glad I got to read this, it had a great story and I loved the historical fiction element. It took Bathory and created a great story with it, I kinda loved the supernatural elements to this book and getting to go on this journey. I could tell the author researched the Countess and it showed.

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