Judith Hare, Countess of Listowel

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Judith de Marffy-Mantuano
Spouse William Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel (m.1933-1945)
Born (1903-07-12)12 July 1903, Kaposvar, Hungary
Died 15 July 2003(2003-07-15) (aged 100)

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


She was born Judith de Marffy-Mantuano on the family estate in Kaposvar, Hungary. on 12th, 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. 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 Count Ciano, Mussolini's son-in-law, and her kinsman, the Hungarian prime minister Paul Teleki, not to side with 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[1]


  1. ^ "Judith, Countess of Listowel". Obituaries (The Telegraph). July 21, 2003. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 

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