Most appealing woman in history

Discussion in 'History Talk' started by OracleLady, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. OracleLady

    OracleLady Member

    In all your studies, what woman do you find most appealing or interesting in history? I have never been able to decide. The movies present possible choices. Books offer more. All are colored with the prejudices of those who write about them or who portray them.
  2. Nadai

    Nadai Active Member

    Apparently Countess Dracula (Countess Elizabeth Bathory) was a great beauty. She was intellegent, literate (something not very women in her time could boast about), extremely wealthy, and she was diverse in very many languages. If it weren't for the fact that she was a blood-loving serial-killer, she'd have been a great catch;)
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  3. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    Marilyn Monroe.
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  4. Nadai

    Nadai Active Member

    I want to change my answer!:D Thumbs up for Marilyn. I've had this black and white of her hanging on my wall since I got it as a gift from my older sister when I was still in high school:)
    [​IMG]I did a copy of it for an art project in high school, but I couldn't do her justice. She was stunning.
  5. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    I have a small poster of Marilyn, and one of Audrey Hepburn as well. They are my two favourite old-time actresses.
  6. RLynn

    RLynn Active Member

    Isabella Rossellini.
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  7. magickz

    magickz Active Member

    Bathory is what I did a huge story for back in the years I went to school, its one of the best pieces I ever wrote (and I aced the course). Tons of women stand out and I am working (this month) on a new piece for my blog about women through history. I am going to need to keep an eye out on this thread for some extra's.
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  8. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    I have some interest in Elizabeth Bathory. What could you tell me about her?
  9. Nadai

    Nadai Active Member

    ...A comment from the thread "Vampires"
    Who was the real vampire was the Lady Countess Elizabeth Bathory de Esced. She was a Hungarian countess who was actually known for torturing her servants, eating their flesh, and drinking their blood.
    Torture methods were believed to included: Severe beatings over extended periods of time, often leading to death. The burning or mutilation of hands, sometimes also of faces and genetalia. Biting the flesh off the faces, arms and other body parts. Freezing to death. Surgery on victims, often fatal. Starving of victims. Blood draings by way of spikes. And sexual abuse.
    Apparently one day a servant girl was brushing her hair and made the mistake of pulling too hard. The countess struck the girl so hard that she drew blood, some of which splattered on the countess. When she cleaned the blood away she saw that her skin had become smoother. From that point on she and her voodoo servant began collecting young girls. She opened a school for girls, non of which ever received any education or were ever seen again. She would torture them and try to draw as much blood from them as possible then bathe in it. Eventually, as corpses began to pile up and the female population began to dwindle, she was discovered and arrested. Her voodoo servant was put to death immediately after her trial(her fingers were ripped out with hot pokers before she was burned at the stake), but because Bathory was a countess, she was sentenced to house arrest, against the King's wishes. Unfortunately, without her supply of young virgin blood(according to the legend) she died shortly after her incarceration(4 years). Because there was a great deal of untouched food found in her room no one knows exactly when she died. A book was later found, written by Lady Bathory, listing 650 women killed between the years of 1585 and 1610(the book was later lost)! Though a few believed that the case of the countess was a conspiracy brought on by politics (she was an extremely well educated woman with a great deal of wealth and power) several testimonies said otherwise. Upon her arrest three women were discovered in her possession, one dead, one dying, and one severely injured.
    She was a TRUE vampire.
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  10. OracleLady

    OracleLady Member

    I wonder what it is that happens in the make-up of people like this? There's no way I can think of anyone who tops Bathory de Esced in terms of sheer shock and awe. My mind turns to Cleopatra, Eleanor of Aquitane, Madame Curie and Elizabeth Tudor. Catherine the Great was pretty spicy, and Marie Antoinette is a passing thought. Harriet Tubman served her people well. Not one comes close to Bathory in shock value.
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  11. Nadai

    Nadai Active Member

    Agreed. She was one in a million. Especially in her time.
  12. Myrddin

    Myrddin Well-Known Member

    Oooo... thank you. I'm loving this stuff, I really am.
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  13. Misa

    Misa Member

    There was also Delphine LaLaurie, Catalina de los Rios y Lisperguer, Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova, I'd say Queen Elisabeth I of England had it out for two other female royals, Mary Queen of Scotland and Grace O'Malley and her sister being Queen Mary "Bloody Mary" and her mother being Anne Boleyn - and certainly James the son of Mary of Scotland who was her heir was claimed as king of England, Scotland and Ireland.

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