"Bathory Bath Bombs" Shirt
Two people asked for a Bathory design in the span of two days. I know a sign when I see it, and so started work on what was to become this design.
The design is parody, but in my research I really got drawn into her story - I walked away with the conclusion that while Elizabeth Bathory was very likely a killer and a sadist, it's highly unlikely that many of the crimes attributed to her are true, including things like bathing in virgin blood. Upon dedicated research, you find that Bathory lived in a time of patriarchy. We still do, unfortunately, but it was much more... legally enforceable? She was married and her husband died, and it made her wealthy (As far as I know she wasn't under suspicion for his death) and one of the most powerful land owners in her area. When people were prosecuted under the law, either the church or the state took their holdings. A widowed woman has less methods to protect herself. The math is simple. However, she came from a VERY respected family, and she herself was a countess, making it harder to go after her. So they brought the charges that make her famous even to this day, and she died on house arrest.
There was also the fact that one of the people owed her a massive amount of debt that was wiped clean after her prosecution. I think that the moment her husband died she was destined to undergo this treatment. Historically, powerful and single women have always seemed to be a nuisance to powerful men, and the best way in olden times was to claim things like Witchcraft or other violent or blasphemous crimes.
There is, however, evidence that she committed many of the crimes we know her for today, just not on the scale we generally accept as fact - most of the evidence was circumstantial and I don't think would hold up in modern court.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the shirt and the history lesson. I strongly recommend looking into this unique historical case and drawing your own conclusions.
Materials Used: 100% combed and ring-spun cotton
Shipping Timeframes: ~ 3 Weeks
Sizes Offered: XS - XXXL
Colors Offered: Black
Print Type: Direct To Garment
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