|dc.description.abstract||How is it that one of the most notorious serial killers of all time becomes so unknown? His comrade, Joan of Arc, is quite well known throughout the world, and from a historical point of view, it is difficult to mention her achievements without also mentioning Gilles’ contributions. Yet most people have never heard of him. His association with the character of Bluebeard is far from the reality of his crimes. Rather than killing wives, as in the Bluebeard tale, he actually brutally mutilated children. His life has been the subject of several novels and even referenced in a number of modern rock songs.
It is important to remember figures such as Gilles de Rais. They hold the keys to the mysteries of psychopathic personalities. Although the first feeling may be horror, his life quickly leads to a sense of fascination, and a study of one of the most astounding personalities in history. It is impossible to compare him to regular criminals. He was tall and handsome, skilled at fighting, devoted, loyal, passionate, and devout. He was one of the richest men of his day, and the owner of territories larger than some of today’s countries. He was a man of quality, a scholar, a supporter of the arts and music. Completing the paradox is his love of death and blood. They mystery is how both of these sides of him can exist at the same time.
All these elements of Gilles de Rais create a character unlike any other in history which is why it is so important to study him.||en_US