The mysteries of the Beast of Gevaudan
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The author, in continuation of the reference work by Mr. Poucher and Mr. Fabre, developed a polished and very objective study of this tragedy, unique because of the character of this wild animal and its ferocity.
In the heart of Southern France, in June 1764, a mysterious creature rose from the darkest forest and began a deadly and terrifying trek. We were in the age of enlightenment. The sanguinary, unpredictable Beast would suddenly appear; cutting the throat, eating alive young shepherds and shepherdess tending to their livestock. At other times she would enter villages, kidnapping children, their bloody remnants later to be found.
The fear pervading the Gévaudan spread to plateaux and meadows of l'Aubrac, reaching the wild forested area of la Margeride. All was fear: to the trembling of bushes under the spring wind, the sudden flight of a bird from the summer wheat field , to the creak of branches in the frosted forests of winter.