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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449513441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449513443
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kimberly L. Craft holds bachelor and master's degrees as well as a juris (law) doctorate. She also received a Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache from the Goethe Institut in Munich. Prof. Craft has served on various faculties, including DePaul University and Florida A&M College of Law. An attorney and legal historian, Prof. Craft has spent over a decade researching the life and trial of Countess Báthory and over a year translating original source material into English.

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Kimberly L. Craft, Esq. holds bachelor and master's degrees in the humanities as well as a juris doctorate. An attorney and legal historian, Craft spent years researching the history of Countess Erzsebet Bathory, including more than a year devoted solely to translating original source material. Regarding her book, "Infamous Lady: The True Story of Countess Erzsebet Bathory," she says that it provides one of the few times in which her love of the law, history, European languages, and a good horror story can all come together in one place. Readers can learn more about Countess Bathory at the website They can also join Professor Craft's group, The Community of Bathory Scholars and Enthusiasts there, as well as on Facebook.

Customer Reviews

This book was very well written and factual; unlike some of the other books I have read on Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
It took a great deal of effort from the author to translate all those original documents to the English language and the fruit of her work can be enjoyed in this book.
Tommy Skylar
Intriguing, frightening and exciting all in one, I finished reading this book within two days as I just could not put it down.
Loran Scollo

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By R.T.Maurice on February 14, 2010
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I was so pleased to find Infamous Lady. I'd been looking for new information on Countess Bathory's life for years, and could never find what I was looking for. This book delivered and more.
Dr. Craft's writing style makes this easy to understand and wonderful to read, and I was pleased to see that it wasn't another royal biography caught up on European politics. She even included copies of translations she had made of important documents regarding the legal proceedings, an unexplainable resource for anyone looking for something more regarding this whole story.
She also takes the time to assess and debunk any of the myths and legends regarding the Countess according to the information she found (equally infamous Aunt Klara being one of them), and it leaves the reader with the opportunity to decide for themselves how they feel about what happened to the Countess and if the idea that the whole scenario was a political ploy to steal a wealthy widow's land is truth or just another piece of fiction, like the infamous blood baths.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes biographies, and anyone who has read the other works that have been produced about the Countess and is looking for something more factual than fantasy.
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I consider myself a voracious reader with an appetite for good thrillers and crime dramas. I often read a lot of fiction as I am picky about history and biographies, many of which I often find to be too lengthy and written "over my head". I would avoid books about notorious historical figures because I thought I would lose interest halfway through, until now....Kim Craft's "Infamous Lady" changed all of that! This is truly one of the best book's I've had the pleasure of reading! I heard about this Countess from my granddaughters since they're into the vampire craze that is so popular now, we were watching a TV documentary and Countess Bathory was mentioned in it, all of that murder and torture seemed so outrageous, how could a lady like her be, for all intents and purposes, a crazed serial killer that needed to kill so many girls for their blood in order to stay young looking? I could hardly believe my eyes!! That's when the girls said they heard about Dr. Craft's book "Infamous Lady" and how it told a truer story; they checked it out of the library at first and told their friends, soon it was on a back hold so they asked their mom to purchased it and passed it along to their friends, who absolutely loved it! Needless to say, I was intrigued at how there could be a non-fiction, historical biography /reference book that actually captured the attention of teenagers and that they even learned from it! I had to see for myself and I tell you I was hooked! While some of the material can be a bit graphic and portray some of the cruelty and violence that took place in her court,(it kept me up at night, almost a little hesitant to go to sleep as I worried there might be a chance I would have a nightmare) the book is very well written, engaging, and really quite educational.Read more ›
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Pewsagl on April 18, 2012
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I found the level of historical scholarship to be rather light-weight, and was disappointed by that. There were no notes, no bibliography, no index, and almost half of the book was not the author's own historical work, but was rather reproductions of letters and such. These are interesting, but in the end I was disappointed that the author's original material was quite short and left a lot of questions for me. Perhaps no serious and qualified historically trained scholar/expert has ever dealt with this specific subject at length? I found the book to be interesting an entertaining, but not of the scholarly authority and thoroughness that I was hoping for. For example, I was not satisified with the exploration of potential conspiracy theories. Was she framed? Is it historically feasible that she could have been? Can these theories be confidently dismissed or do they hold some plausibility? Where does the carful academic analysis of the matter leave us? I was left thinking - wait a second, that's it? So, I liked it, I did learn a lot and it is a very interesting subject. I'm simply hoping for a more serious scholar to take it up someday and really treat the subject with more depth and analysis (and then presented in a book that is readable for laymen like myself).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee Freeman on October 11, 2011
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Not since the late Prof. Raymond T. McNally's 1984 *Dracula was a Woman* has there been a scholarly biography that attempted to examine the facts surrounding the life and crimes of Erzsebet Bathory, the Lady Widow Nadasdy, the so-called "Blood Countess." But even McNally's otherwise great book catered to the more sensational aspects connected with Elizabeth Bathory in that the second half of the book explored the occult themes connected to her crimes (vampirism, necrophilia, lycanthropy, etc.) in the popular imagination, and of course there was its title *Dracula was a Woman.* Kimberly Craft's book is a very well-researched historical biography which examines the historical facts that can be adduced regarding the "Infamous Lady's" life and crimes. So if you're looking for tales of lesbian vampirism this is probably not the book for you.

My one complaint is that the book has no footnotes/endnotes or index, but this is a minor point. A bibliography and extensive appendices are included. Also, I would've liked the author to examine more fully the possible motivations for the Countess' crimes, but again that's a minor point.

I'm eager to get Ms. Craft's companion volume of newly-translated letters regarding the Countess, her crimes and subsequent trial.

All-in-all, *Infamous Lady* is a great book.
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