Black Widow IX – Elizabeth Báthory Cross-Stitch Pattern (No Bodies No Worries Series) | Members Only

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14 ct 71×69 Stitches (12,9 x 12,5 cm) (5,1 x 4,9 in.)
16 ct 71×69 Stitches (11,3 x 11,0 cm) (4,4 x 4,3 in.)
18 ct 71×69 Stitches (10,0 x 9,7 cm) (3,9 x 3,8 in.)

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The story of Elizabeth Báthory captivated my gullible heart the second I heard about it. A Hungarian noblewoman accused of bathing in the blood of servants to retain her beauty. A she-devil, painted as perverse, depraved, spoiled, and egocentric.

I immediately believed the lore of Elizabeth because how cool was it that she was known as Countess Dracula?!

Alas, it turns out that the Blood Countess was a myth.

Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a real person who, in all likelihood, became a victim of a vicious campaign to remove her from her privileged position in what was known at the time as the Kingdom of Hungary. Most likely, a politically motivated witch-hunt ended up as a successful spiel because the alleged perpetrator was a woman. I mean, the accounts from the trial do not inspire confidence:

“Most of the witnesses testified that they had heard the accusations from others but did not see it themselves. The servants confessed under torture, which is not credible in contemporary proceedings.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Yet, the story of a countess resorting to torture and murder to stave off the inevitable signs of ageing is too good not to birth endless creative iterations in music, movies, art, and literature.

And now, also in cross-stitch.

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