Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Bathory was born in 1560 into one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Transylvania. Her parents were first cousins Anna and Gyorgy (George) Báthory, and she had many powerful relatives - a cardinal, princes, and a cousin who was prime minister of Hungary. The most famous Bathory was King Steven of Poland. 1575-86. She grew up in an era when much of Hungary had been overrun by the Turkish forces of the Ottoman empire and was a battleground between Turkish and Austrian (Hapsburg) armies. Raised on the Bathory estate at Ecsed in Transylvania, some reports say that as a child she was subject to siezures accompanied by intense rage and uncontrollable behavior.