Les chasseurs luttent contre la Bête du Gévaudan

Andrea Saba

The Beast of Gévaudan

work of the devil or simple animal?

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Andrea Saba - La Bête du Gévaudan - Oeuvre du diable ou simple animal ? - 2013

On the parish register of Saint-Étienne-de-Lugdarès, in Gévaudan, it is written, on June 30, 1764, that a 14-year-old girl, Jeanne Boulet, was “killed by a ferocious beast”.

Thus begins the enigmatic story of the Beast of Gévaudan told in this book, which reads like a thriller. A meticulous investigation that reveals to us, page after page, these mysterious and disturbing events that occurred during the reign of Louis XV.

You will know all about the successive beats led by Étienne Lafont, the Comte de Morangès, Captain Duhamel, the wolf-keeper Denneval, the harquebus-carrier Antoine de Beauternes... Even the Bishop of Mende got involved. In vain, because the Beast was malignant.

You will meet Jean and Antoine Chastel, intimately linked to the hunt for the Beast, while discovering the world of lycanthropy and werewolves.

You will follow the wanderings of the Beast in this remote and miserable region, its ubiquity, under the probable influence of a sadist, whose turpitudes make one shudder.

Andrea Saba's erudition on this Beast of Gévaudan authorizes him to reveal his own opinion in the last pages, so convinced is he of having finally pierced the secret that has intrigued us so much for centuries. But start at the beginning and follow the chilling timeline of the Beast's attacks, and reading this book won't let you down, day or night.

Year of publication of the presented edition : 2013 (223 pages)

Editor : La Vallée Heureuse

ISBN : 9782366960075

The author :

Andrea Saba devotes a cult passion to the wolf, in these mountains, these green valleys of the Grenoble region, which he has been enhancing since the age of thirteen, when he was only a young shepherd. Born on July 22, 1941, in Grenoble, after technical studies, he became site manager in La Ciotat, then commercial in dietetic products. He will eventually create his own distribution network.

But the beast does not let go! In contact with the poetry of life that he knows how to listen to, the wolf enters his universe with all its mysteries. Andrea Saba then embarked on the phantasmagorical trail of the “beast of Gévaudan” and continued her investigations for many years. Traveling over hills and dales, the most remote regions of Gévaudan, he documents himself, meets on the spot the last enthusiasts of this legend, who leave indelible traces there, and raises one of the great question marks of the History of France.

Andrea Saba - La Bête du Gévaudan - Oeuvre du diable ou simple animal ? - 2013

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