In the footsteps of the Beast of Gevaudan and its victims
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During 3 years (1764-1767), the residents of the Gevaudan and of one part of the Auvergne are the prey of an awful scourge : a ferocious animal, with an extreme aggressiveness -misidentified by witnesses- is attacking, hurting and devouring people!
Authorithies consider it extemely seriously and the best hunters are going to track the beast. All the kingdom of France is vibrating to the stories of these events, amply reported in the press of this period. Books of this bloody and truthful chapter are numerous from novels to reasoned arguments and more recently represented in some comics (Jean-Claude Bourret, journalist and writer).
The first goal of this historical study is to update the list of people killed by the beast of Gévaudan, list which can often varies according to the immagination of the authors, between 80 and 120 victims.
This book, moreover its interest in the list of victims, resumes the main points of the story of the beast and offers the authors's view concerning facts and the nature of the animal or of animals involved for something which remains one of the hugest puzzle in the french History, everything always under a historical perspective.
Purchased at the House of the Beast in Auvers
Thanks to Ana Vanýek for the translation.