Traces the life and crimes of Gilles de Rais, executed in 1440 for murdering as many as 200 children. Places his life in historical context and gives as complete a history as we are likely to see, starting several generations back in his family and taking us through the year he fought by the... read more
“War is at best a kind of organised criminality, and heroes, frequently, psychopaths whose condition is suddenly found, in moments of crisis, to be useful.”Author
“It is good to encourage him <Gilles de Rais> to be evil.”Georges de la Tremoille
“Asked whether he had offered the Devil his soul, Gilles replied that he had not. It was something he consistently refused to do.”Author
“He returned to his old habits like a dog to his vomit.”Author
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