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


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.


Gilles de Rais; christianity; violence; Bataille

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