Christianity Would Not Want a World from which Violence was Excluded': God, Bataille and Derrida on the Sovereign Logic of Religious Child Killing

Nick Mansfield

Abstract

This article explores Georges Bataille's attempts to locate Gilles de Rais (1404–1440)—military figurehead, national hero, serial child-killer, archetype of Bluebeard—in a cultural, historical and political imaginary, and in a religious inscape. Bataille does this in his essay 'The Tragedy of Gilles de Rais', where de Rais finds his place as a remnant of the collapsing world of the feudal seigneur, a world he had outlived, with its military reforms and complex ecclesiastical politics.


Keywords

Gilles de Rais; christianity; violence; Bataille

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