Nyírbátor


Here it goes more about Nyírbathor, the land of Báthory family I mentioned in my previous post. I am reblogging this from “Great Hungarian Plain”.

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I left off yesterday with our wanderings. Now, for a few of the things we actually saw: first up was the Bathory Castle. I’ll preface it with a quick history lesson. If you look closely at the name Nyírbátor, you’ll notice the latter half of the name is bátor. In Hungarian, the suffix –i denotes belonging to a place. If we add this suffix to bátor, the result is, of course, bátori, or Bathory in English. If you’ve heard this family name before, it’s probably because of this lady:

This is Elizabeth Bathory (Báthory Erzsébet), known as “The Blood Countess” among other gruesome names. The Bathory family once owned all the land in Nyírbátor, but Elizabeth is their most famous member. Her story, as her nickname suggests, is a bloody one, involving the serial murder of young girls. Legend has it that Elizabeth bathed…

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