Les chasseurs luttent contre la Bête du Gévaudan

Philippe Eymard - Dominique Bernard

The Beast of Gévaudan:

from mystery to legend and from legend to the light 

Written in collaboration by Philippe Eymard and Dominique Bernard, both descendants of the Eymard family from a place called Boissières in the municipality of Sainte Marie des Chazes. 


Their common ancestor was Jacques Eymard who was born on May 8th, 1756, in Boissières. He was a vendor and farmer who, on November 20, 1790, married Marie-Anne, the daughter of Claudette Nauton and Jean-Claude. 


Jean-Claude was the first cousin of little Joseph who was devoured by the beast in Servières. 


From a young age, these authors heard stories about the ferocious Beast. Because of this oral tradition, they are able to relay a different vision about the events that happened in Gévaudan. This is especially true for those events that occurred in Chazes, where the Eymard family still resides, and in Pommiers where their descendants settled and where François Antoine, king Louis XV’s royal huntsman, killed the first Beast.


The authors leave it to the reader to decide what the Beast of Gévaudan actually was.


Year of publication of the presented edition : 2013


Residents of Haute-Loire can pick up the book in SAINT PAULIEN.

Otherwise, you can order by mail :

EYMARD Philippe
Villa N° 8
Résidence les Églantiers
07000 - Saint Priest

Price: €20 + €4 shipping costs

Written in collaboration with Philippe Eymard and Dominique Bernard, both descendants of the Eymard family from a place called Boissières, in the commune of Sainte Mare des Chazes.
Written in collaboration with Philippe Eymard and Dominique Bernard, both descendants of the Eymard family from a place called Boissières, in the commune of Sainte Mare des Chazes.

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