Gilles de Rais

1405 - 1440

Gilles de Rais

Gilles de Rais (c. September 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. He is best known for his reputation and later conviction as a confessed serial killer of children. A member of the House of Montmorency-Laval, Gilles de Rais grew up under the tutelage of his maternal grandfather and increased his fortune by marriage. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gilles de Rais has received more than 2,469,580 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 8th most popular extremist.

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Among extremists, Gilles de Rais ranks 8 out of 182Before him are Elizabeth Báthory, John Wilkes Booth, Charles Manson, Gavrilo Princip, Osama bin Laden, and Herostratus. After him are Ted Bundy, Lee Harvey Oswald, Andrei Chikatilo, Ulrike Meinhof, Ramón Mercader, 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, and Ulugh Muhammad. Among people deceased in 1440, Gilles de Rais ranks 1After him are Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg, Frances of Rome, Sigismund Kęstutaitis, Cennino Cennini, and Itzcoatl.

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In France

Among people born in France, Gilles de Rais ranks 205 out of 4,109Before him are Gilles Deleuze (1925), Jeanne Calment (1875), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Jacques de Molay (1243), Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684), and Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême (1775). After him are Jean Racine (1639), Charlotte Corday (1768), Louis VIII of France (1187), Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619), François Truffaut (1932), and Georges Cuvier (1769).

Among EXTREMISTS In France

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

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