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The Sources:

Simon Marsden :
"Vampires - the Twilight World"
Palazzo Editions, Bath, UK, 2011

Klaus T. Steindl & Andreas Sulzer :
"Die Vampir Prinzessin" (DVD)
Pro Omnia, 2007

The Case:

I recently watched a nice docu-drama "Die Vampir Prinzessin". Among other things, it brings us some useful material on the skeletons of our first Cesky Krumlov case. It also tells us more about the Fürstin Eleonora Elisabeth Amalia Magdalena von Schwarzenberg, née Lobkowicz. And then it brings us Rainer Köppl, who tries to demonstrate a connection between the skeletons, the Fürstin, Gerard van Swieten, and Bram Stoker. We will leave most of Köppl's speculations for what they are and focus on his theory that the Fürstin was suspected of being a vampire.

So what does Prof. Dr. Rainer Maria Köppl tell us ? The Fürstin Eleonora lived in Krumlau Castle. She was drinking the milk of wolves. She was interested in magic. She had a pale shrunken appearance and was sensitive to light. When she died, the Emperor's own physician ordered an autopsy, presumably because the Fürstin was suspected of having been infected with the so-called "vampire disease". She was not buried in the family crypt in Vienna, but an unusually deep and strong cellar was constructed inside a church in Krumlau. That, more or less, is the story.

The Date:

The Fürstin Eleonora Elisabeth Amalia Magdalena von Schwarzenberg, née Lobkowicz, is reported to have died in 1741.

The Place:

Krumlau or Cesky Krumlov can be easily found in the Czech Republic, South of Prague and not too far from the Austrian border.

Personal Comments:

The man who should get all credits for turning the Fürstin into a vampire is Rainer Köppl. If the Fürstin thought she was a vampire, or if others thought she was a vampire is not for me to say. It's a nice story though. I am sure I have seen worse ones.

Possible Follow-Up:

Go find yourself a copy of "Die Vampir Prinzessin", watch it and watch it again and see what you make of it. If you think it's a plausible enough story to investigate, you could start by trying to find out as much as you can about the life and death of the Fürstin Eleonora Elisabeth Amalia Magdalena von Schwarzenberg, née Lobkowicz.

© 2011 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed December 2011

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