Gilles de Rais: Who was the real Bluebeard?


An illustration from Histoire de la Prostitution et de la Debauche Chez Tous les Peuples du Globe depuis lAntiquite Jusqua nos Jours by Dr. Th.-F. Debray (1879). Photo by Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis via Getty Images

"Bluebeard" is one of Charles Perrault's most disturbing and grisly stories -- but could it be true? Join Sarah and Katie as they explore the depraved life and crimes of Gilles de Rais, the real-life basis for Perrault's Bluebeard.

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Topics in this Podcast: Who was the real?, literary history, French history, 15th Century, biographies