The Beast of the Cevennes and the Beast of Gévaudan
in 50 questions
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Despite the centuries that have passed, Gévaudan has remained marked by the presence of a mythical beast. It was time to tell this incredible story...
Why did this beast prey on women and children in these poor countrysides?
And how to get rid of it?
More than 250 years after these bloody events that shook an entire region, let's find out how the legend was born...
The fascination for the Beast of Gévaudan has spanned the centuries. By also evoking the Beast of the Cévennes, the historian Jean-Paul Chabrol underlines what makes the particularity of that of Gévaudan: its extraordinary fame and its lasting inscription in the collective memory. What was the timeline of the attacks? How many deaths? How many injured? How did the "Beast" attack its human prey? How did the people defend themselves? What stratagems have been applied or sometimes considered to eliminate the "Beast"? When and how did she disappear? What fables were created around her? What role did the media play? What is the black legend of the Chastels?
In 50 answers, the historian Jean-Paul Chabrol addresses all the facets of this extraordinary and sensational affair. A very richly illustrated historical analysis that puts the wolf back at the heart of concerns that never cease to challenge us.
Year of publication of the presented edition : 2018 (124 pages)
Editor : Alcide
The author : With a degree in history, Jean-Paul Chabrol is a specialist in Gévaudan and the Cévennes, in particular the social and religious singularities of these territories. He is the author of fifteen books devoted to the war of the Camisards and the prophetic phenomenon.