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`Read Book ¿ The Real Bluebeard: The Life of Gilles de Rais õ This work aims to get behind the myths and present the real Bluebeard, Gilles de Rais, one of the most enduring baddies of history His infamy lives on, the precursor of our own time s serial killers and a founding father of the cult of the child snatching bogeyman The Reality Matrix Effect Gilles de Rais Iris and Ruby one of the most enduring baddies of history His infamy lives on Redeeming the Rogue Knight (The Danby Brothers the precursor of our own time s serial killers and a founding father of the cult of the child snatching bogeyman Excellent book on a vile human being. Poor ol Gilles All he wanted was to be loved If he d only been cuddled as a child then maybe he wouldn t have developed a taste for wanton violence and wouldn t have captured, tortured and killed tens, maybe hundreds of children.Annoyingly the author takes this stance only slightly exaggerated here near the end of the book Such psychological explanations always annoy me as they always come across as an excuse for the person s actions No doubt it comes from an attempt to understand the s Poor ol Gilles All he wanted was to be loved If he d only been cuddled as a child then maybe he wouldn t have developed a taste for wanton violence and wouldn t have captured, tortured and killed tens, maybe hundreds of children.Annoyingly the author takes this stance only slightly exaggerated here near the end of the book Such psychological explanations always annoy me as they always come across as an excuse for the person s actions No doubt it comes from an attempt to understand the subject s motives, it s just that sometimes I just don t see the point in making the attempt.Anyway the book is short but covers a lot of ground It starts off by describing Gilles de Rais ancestors and gives the reader a glimpse into French society near the end of the Hundred Years War Admittedly it all gets a bit confusing, especially if you aren t familiar with the period as I m not But if you hang on in there you find out about Gilles relationship with his grandfather and then Gilles involvement with Joan of Arc s army at the Siege of Orl ans.Part Two then descends into the horrors in the years following Gilles military career and his retreat into murder, debauchery, alchemy and black magic Part Three covers the trial and takes a quick look into how his story morphed into the Bluebeard legend It s surprising this chapter is so short as I d imagine that the trial and the legend would have warrantedspace I may seek out the Georges Bataille book at some point which I assume will expand on this part of the story WOW, what a fascinating biography I wouldn t have thought it possible to obtain so much information on a man who died in 1440 and then put it together into a coherent picture The author lacks psychological insight, in my opinion, but she tells the story well and what a story This book gives amazing insight and perspective on the child killer and torturer, Gilles de Rais More than La Bas or anything else i have read about him, Benedetti portrays de Rais as a human a very flawed and disturbed human but still a human The sensationalism and myth of Bluebeard is dispelled, and he is shown in the context of his age and also of his circumstance Never dry and well paced throughout, this book fires the imagination and allows us to see the man behind the grotesque and This book gives amazing insight and perspective on the child killer and torturer, Gilles de Rais More than La Bas or anything else i have read about him, Benedetti portrays de Rais as a human a very flawed and disturbed human but still a human The sensationalism and myth of Bluebeard is dispelled, and he is shown in the context of his age and also of his circumstance Never dry and well paced throughout, this book fires the imagination and allows us to see the man behind the grotesque and inhuman acts he committed