Judith Hare, Countess of Listowel

Judith de Márffy-Mantuano
Born(1903-07-12)12 July 1903, Kaposvár, Hungary
Died15 July 2003(2003-07-15) (aged 100)
SpouseWilliam Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel (m.1933–1945)

Judith, Countess of Listowel (12 July 1903 – 15 July 2003) was a Hungarian-born journalist and writer who married William Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel in 1933.


She was born Judit Márffy-Mantuano de Versegh et Leno on the family estate in Kaposvár, Hungary, on 12 July 1903. In 1926, she won a scholarship to study economic history at the London School of Economics, where she met "Billy" Hare, the future 5th Earl of Listowel.[1] The couple were ill-fitted, they travelled around Europe together and separately for the rest of the decade. After World War II was declared, Lady Listowel urged both Galeazzo Ciano, Benito Mussolini's son-in-law, and her kinsman, the Hungarian prime minister Pál Teleki, not to side with Adolf Hitler.

Beginning her career as an author in the 1920s, Lady Listowel produced a volume of short stories about Hungarian society, as well as other works including: This I Have Seen (1943), which was an account of her early life, Crusader In The Secret War (1952), an account of the activities of Jan Kowalewski during World War II, Manual of Modern Manners (1959) The Modern Hostess (1961), which attracted widespread attention, The Making of Tanganyika (1965), Dusk on the Danube (1969) and the thoroughly researched "A Hapsburg Tragedy—Crown Prince Rudolf" (1978).

She died 3 days after her 100th birthday in July 2003, possibly in England.[2]


  1. ^ "Judith, Countess of Listowel". The Times.
  2. ^ "Judith, Countess of Listowel". Obituaries. The Telegraph. 21 July 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2008.

The Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, holds files of Judith Hare reflecting her interest in Southern African affairs.

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