The Beast of the Cevennes and the Beast of Gévaudan
in 50 questions
Despite the passing centuries, the Gévaudan region remains marked by the presence of a mythical beast.
It is time to tell its incredible story….
Why did the beast snatch women and children in these poor, rural areas?
And how to exterminate it?
250 years after these bloody events which shook the entire region, we discover how the legend was born…
Fascination with the Beast of Gévaudan has spanned centuries. By also evoking the Beast of the Cévennes, the author Jean-Pierre Chabrol emphasizes what is unique about the one in Gévaudan: its extraordinary fame and its lasting impression on our collective memory.
What was the chronology of the attacks? How many dead? How many wounded? How did the “Beast” attack humans? How did the population defend itself? What strategies were envisioned and applied to eliminate the “Beast”? When and how did it disappear? What fables were created about it? What role did the media play? What is the dark legend of the Chastels?
In 50 answers, the historian Jean-Paul Chabrol tackles all facets of this abnormal and sensational event. An historic analysis, richly illustrated, which puts the wolf back at the center of concerns which never cease to challenge us.
Year of publication of the presented edition : 2018 (124 pages)
Editor : Alcide
The author : A licensed historian, Jean-Paul Chabrol is a specialist on the Gévaudan and the Cévennes, especially their unique social and religious elements. He is the author of fifteen works focused on the Camisard war and the development of religious prophecy.