Title, La condesa sangrienta. Volume 3 of El ojo sin párpado. Author, Valentine Penrose. Translated by, María Teresa Gallego Urrutia, Isabel Reverte Cejudo. Results 61 – 90 of COMTESSE SANGLANTE (LA) by PENROSE VALENTINE and a great selection of related La condesa sangrienta: Penrose, Valentine. : La condesa sangrienta: Siruela. Tapa dura con sobrecubierta. 18 cm. Ex Libris anterior propietario. Libro en almacén, llamar antes de pasar a.

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Dec 24, Ashley rated it liked it. Wow, this book is atrocious!

And this section was in an appendix after the book. Totally unreliable as a history but ok as a macabre and Surrealistic fantasy.

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The Bloody Countess: The Atrocities of Erzsebet Bathory by Valentine Penrose

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? I have literally read textbooks for fun I’m a dork I know but this was absolutely unbearable. No trivia or quizzes yet. The title condwsa this biography, written by the poet Valentine Penrose, is misleading. There is very little in this book that cannot be learned elsewhere and the sources are somewhat lacking. While the rich prose of this book is a joy to read, I doubt its historical accuracy.

Get to Know Us. Nov 25, Darrell rated it liked it Shelves: What a terrifying time to live through. Non sono molto soddisfatta da questa lettura.

La Condesa Sangrienta Valentine Penrose I

Most of them were afflicted by mental illness, but that didn’t matter since they had brilliantly survived the turmoils of their time, a dark era of continuous warfare and political murders. The authors created a mishmosh of a book with little organization and constant jumping between subjects.


Towards the end it goes off without warning onto an extended tangent about Gilles De Rais – condesaa simlarly monstrous figure, who has hitherto been mentioned in passing.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Her marriage determined the end of her freedom, especially when her mother-in-law tried to repress her temperament. Penrose writes about the occult as if it were real and she describes the historical figures involved as if she knew them personally, when in fact the historical record is far too fragmentary to be sure of anyone’s personality or motivations.

If you’re interested, there is a bit about her online, although you need to sort through the sensationalism versus known facts – that’s why I ended up with this book. In a desperate attempt to preserve her beauty, she started to perform human sacrifices and secret rites in which sex and torture were a daily occurrence.

Penrose was a poet, though: These years witnessed a reign of cruelty unsurpassed in the annals of mass murder, with the Countess’ depredations on the virgin girls of the Carpathians leading to some deaths. Sep 26, Runningrabbit rated it really liked it. Just one more exasperating foible of this very odd book.

May 25, Sarah added it. Or made it all up. Descended from one of the most ancient aristocratic families of Europe, Erzsebet Bathory bore the psychotic aberrations of centuries of intermarriage. In the heart of her room, encircled by candelabras, nothing but herself; a self always unseizable, and whose many faces she was forever unable to assemble in a single look.


The author wrote this biography without altering the essential facts nor exaggerating them: Perplexingly awful; I’m one of those gullible fraidy-cat types who loves a good story about serial killers medieval or otherwisebut I couldn’t finish this. It gets a generous three stars because amongst all the made up nonsense, salacious detail and absolute bollocks character analysis, there are some interesting details about life in 17th century Hungary – which is actually the main reason I’m reading the book, for research for my own novel but a lifetime’s love of Hammer Horror films made the subject appealing too!

Near the end, the author finally veers off track and spends an entire chapter recounting his crimes. Explore the Home Gift Guide. SO if you’re interested just in the character like me, the loads of Hungarian history is pretty boring.

Brinker rated it liked it. The poor translation by Alexander Trocchi doesn’t help.

Sure, there were comparisons between the lifestyles of both, but I was not expecting this Fascinating character, darker than darkness itself.