Les chasseurs luttent contre la Bête du Gévaudan

Pierre Benoist - Bernard Soulier

Blood in the valley,

when the Beast of Gevaudan prowled between Saugues and Langeac

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Book Pierre Benoist - Bernard Soulier Blood in the valley, when the Beast of Gévaudan prowled between Saugues and Langeac

In the 18th century, for three years, a cannibal beast raged in the former diocese of Gévaudan corresponding to the current department of Lozère and the cantons of Saugues.


But, during the last two years of its existence, this animal, which was mainly confined between Saugues and Pinols, was also repeatedly brought closer to the Langeac region which was then part of the province of Auvergne.

The children guarding the herds of cows or the women working in the fields were then his usual prey.


The best hunters in the kingdom tracked him down to the Allier gorges. 250 years ago, near Saint Julien des Chazes, a famous hunter sent by Louis XV even killed, with the help of shooters from Langeac, a large wolf, considered for a time to be the only devouring beast.


On June 19, 1767, a last animal was killed on Mont Mouchet in the canton of Pinols, thus ending the famous episode of the "Beast of Gévaudan" which was therefore also a bit like the "Beast of Auvergne"! Here is the duly documented historical account of these extraordinary facts.


Year of publication of the presented edition : 2015 (64 pages)

Editor : Édition de l’Arzalier

The authors:

Pierre Benoist born in 1947, in an Altiligienne family established between Prades and Auteyrac, he returned to the country of his childhood where these ancestors lived for many generations. When he retired, he moved into the family home. He does not call himself a writer or a historian, he is simply a "writer-link", the one who tries to transmit the history of the men of the past to those of the present so that it is perpetuated in the future.

Passionate about history and genealogy, for more than 30 years his research has led him from archives to libraries in search of the Haut Allier valley.


Bernard Soulier is president of the historical associations “Au pays de la Bête du Gévaudan”. A native of Auvers, at the foot of Mont Mouchet, he has been trying for 40 years, tirelessly seeking new documents, to understand this bloody episode which remains one of the greatest mysteries in the history of France.

Book Pierre Benoist - Bernard Soulier Blood in the valley, when the Beast of Gévaudan prowled between Saugues and Langeac

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