Forewarning: I often make bad jokes and puns.
The White Lady
AKA: None Found
Origin: Czech Republic
Like most versions of the White Lady, the cause of her unresting spirit is due to to her husband. Perchta was a noblewoman in the 15th century who was forced to marry a harsh and violent nobleman by the name of Jan von Lichtenstein, needless to say the marriage wasn’t a happy one.
She lived with him and his mother and sister, both of which were as horrid as her husband. She was belittled, tormented and teased by them all.. Perchta constantly wrote to both her father and brother, pleading for them to take her back home. (Some of those letters survive to this day.) Finally she went back to her family’s estate safely.
She saw her ex-husband only once after that, on his deathbed. The legend goes that he asked for forgiveness and when she refused, he cursed her. Perchta died a widow in Vienna in 1476. With her death, she became the White Lady, haunting her family’s, Rožmberk, old estates. One in particular is the Rožmberk castle in Český Krumlov, but others claim to have her as a frequent visitor.
Perchta bears news whenever someone sees her. If she’s smiling, good. If she’s solemn-looking or carrying black gloves, bad, really bad.
After Perchta showed up, other White Ladies took up residence in other castles. Another famous White Lady haunts where once stood her home, only a hill away from Perchta’s castle. She threw herself off a cliff when her father refused to allow her to marry the man she loved. Today there stands a hotel, Hotel Růže, but visitors still see a figure dressed in white. And from what I’ve read, there are many, many more.
(The image above is not of Perchta or of the other White Lady I mentioned, I found it here and is the White Lady of Castle Bouzov from what I can gather. Let me know if you know of a better picture to use)