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Gilles de Rais

1405 - 1440

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Gilles de Rais (c. 1405 – 26 October 1440), Baron de Rais (French: [də ʁɛ]), was a knight and lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou, a leader in the French army, and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gilles de Rais has received more than 3,681,188 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Gilles de Rais is the 11th most popular extremist (down from 10th in 2019), the 236th most popular biography from France (down from 225th in 2019) and the most popular French Extremist.

Gilles de Rais is most famous for being a French nobleman who was accused of kidnapping, torturing, and murdering hundreds of children in the 15th century.

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Among extremists, Gilles de Rais ranks 11 out of 209Before him are Gavrilo Princip, Osama bin Laden, Ted Bundy, Herostratus, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Man in the Iron Mask. After him are Ted Kaczynski, Andrei Chikatilo, Ramón Mercader, Abdullah Öcalan, Zodiac Killer, and Ed Gein.

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Among people born in 1405, Gilles de Rais ranks 3Before him are Skanderbeg and Pope Pius II. After him are John II of Castile, Thomas Malory, Sophia of Halshany, Ulugh Muhammad, Maria of Trebizond, and Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers. Among people deceased in 1440, Gilles de Rais ranks 1After him are Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg, Frances of Rome, Sigismund Kęstutaitis, Cennino Cennini, Itzcoatl, Dietrich, Count of Oldenburg, and Irene Gattilusio.

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In France

Among people born in France, Gilles de Rais ranks 236 out of 6,011Before him are Jean-Michel Jarre (1948), Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796), François Boucher (1703), Madame du Barry (1743), Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796), and Honoré Daumier (1808). After him are Paul Signac (1863), François Quesnay (1694), Georges Clemenceau (1841), Pope Clement IV (1190), Zinedine Zidane (1972), and Jean Marais (1913).

Among EXTREMISTS In France

Among extremists born in France, Gilles de Rais ranks 1After him are Henri Désiré Landru (1869), Madame de Brinvilliers (1630), Jean II, Duke of Alençon (1409), Robert-François Damiens (1715), Michel Fourniret (1942), Jacques Mesrine (1936), Édouard Vaillant (1840), and Zacarias Moussaoui (1968).