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Sarvar - a small town in west-Hungary. A thermal bath and the Nadasdy castle are real worth to visit.
The photo has nothing to do with the story below, except the place. Taken in the small "vineyard" of my father, so about 20 grapes(?) - szφlφtφke in hungarian, maybe could one translate it, thanks).

In the 16th century the fortress became the property of the most gifted politician of his age, Tamas Nadasdy, who and afterwoods his decendants strenghtened and developed the fortress. In the 16th century the town and the castle of Sarvar proved both cultural and religious centre of the Hungarian reformation. It is the place where the first book in hungarian was published, Janos Sylvester’s translation of the New Testament.

There are official documents proving the existence of an authentic seventeenth-century countess, Erzsιbet Bathory, who was one of the most bloodthirsty vampiress of all time!!!

Erzsιbet (Elizabeth) Bathory was born in 1560 into one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Transylvania. She grew up in an era when much of Hungary had been overrun by the Turkish forces of the Ottoman empire and was a battleground between Turkish and Austrian (Habsburg) armies.
In 1571, the eleven-year-old Erzsιbet was engaged to the sixteen-year-old Count Ferencz Nadasdy; on May 8, 1575, she and the young count were married.
She also took over the household affairs at Castle Sarvar, the Nadasdy family estate, while Ferencz made war his "career" and began scoring victories against the Turks as early as 1578.

It was at Castle Sarvar that her career of evil really began - with the disciplining of the large household staff, particularly the young girls. In a time period in which cruel and arbitrary behavior by those in power toward those who were servants was common, Erzsιbet's level of cruelty was noteworthy.

Curious? Take a look to Countess Erzsιbet (Elizabeth) Bαthory – The blood Countess

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