The Real Bluebeard - The life of Gilles de Rais, by Jean Benedetti
Published by Sutton in 2003, 207 pages. Paperback (N3720)
Brand New Book
This work aims to get behind the myths and examine the real Bluebeard, Gilles de Rais, one of the most enduring 'evil men' of history. A well born French soldier who fought alongside Joan of Arc, Gilles was found guilty of abusing and murdering over 140 children, and he was hanged and then burned, his body placed in a coffin of iron....
What led the Marshal of France, scion of a great house, to turn to sorcery and from there to horrific deeds still shocking in their systematic cruelty many centuries later? Should we take de Rais' spectacular confession at face value, or like much which occurred at the hands of the Inquisition, is it a phantasmagoria of Satanism, letting a society hear the things which it secretly longs for yet publicly abominates? The infamy of Gilles de Rais lives on, the precursor of our own time's serial killers and a founding father of the cult of the child-snatching bogeyman.