Politics In Lozère, in the footsteps of the beast of Gévaudan

12:40  14 august  2020
12:40  14 august  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

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The Beast of Gévaudan is the historical name associated with the man-eating wolf-like animals which terrorised the former province of Gévaudan (modern-day département of Lozère and part of Haute-Loire), in the Margeride Mountains in south-central France between 1764 and 1767.

Gévaudan , Beast of . Creature depicted as a gigantic wolf-like quadruped (witnesses reported it as big as a donkey or cow) that over two hundred years ago terrorized This monstrous animal terrorized the people of Gévaudan — a district in Lozère — for more then three years, and it is said it killed about

Dans le nord de la Lozère, la Margeride offre un terroir méconnu et de belles marches loin de la foule estivale. © Jacques Brunet-Manquat / Naturimages

In the north of Lozère, Margeride offers a little-known terroir and beautiful walks far from the summer crowds.

The great walkers know it well: they keep fond memories of its crossing and their stop at Sauvage, one of the most famous lodgings on the road to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. But for the others, it is a big unknown. Its name: the Margeride. It is the most desert region of the least populated department in France, Lozère. A feature that is auspicious in this particular summer under the sign of Covid-19. With its 75,700 inhabitants and its average density of 15 people per square kilometer, against 117 nationally, this high plateau in the Massif Central invites us to put barrier gestures on hold.

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The Beast of Gévaudan . An article by Hayley E. 28th December 2017 • 4 min read. Most deaths had the same traits, letting the people know that this was the same beast committing This encounter is so incredible, there stands a statue of the event in current day Gévaudan : Lozère , France.

I finished reading Gévaudan on the train ride from Scotland to Dover, and through the Chunnel to France. The bulk of the book was about werewolf conspiracy theories and legends of the monster (or monsters) I wasn’t in the Lozère region of France, where Gévaudan once was, until late that night.


History always fascinates because the mystery remains


Dotted with forests and rocky chaos, Margeride is part of Gévaudan, a former French province famous for its ferocious beast which raged in the 18th century. In the summer of 1765, the town of Malzieu-Ville served as a base camp for the royal troops who had come from Paris to hunt it down. A gigantic wolf? A serial killer disguised as an animal? A werewolf or a wolfdog? "History is still fascinating because the mystery remains, explains the mayor, Jean-Noël Brugeron. For proof, one of the speakers who speak here regularly has just changed his mind on the theory to be defended. The only proven fact: the acts of deceased."

The first city councilor then takes out a municipal register on yellowed paper, on which runs an ultra-tight writing in black ink. A fuchsia pink Post-it marks the page of February 11, 1765, where we can read: "Today was buried Marie Jeanne Rousset, of Mialanette, aged about twelve, who had been partly devoured on the nine of the present by a cannibalistic beast that has ravaged this country for nearly three months. " After this news item had stirred up all of Europe, the affair was closed on June 19, 1767, the day a peasant, Jean Chastel, killed a large animal that looked like a wolf. The Beast had claimed between 88 and 124 victims, mainly women and children.

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Beast of Gévaudan , Beast of Gevaudan explained, bête du gévaudan , la bête du gévaudan , bete du gevaudan documentaire, le From 1764 to 1767, in the historical region of Gévaudan , located in southern France, and in adjacent areas, about one hundred children, youths, and women were killed

the province of Gévaudan (now the department of Lozère ) as its hunting ground, with around 100 deaths attribute to the Beast of Gévaudan . far from the base of the town’s iconic Tour des Anglais, takes you through 22 dioramas over four floors that aim to immerse you in the terror and confusion

Medieval heritage

Two and a half centuries later, two sculptures recall his memory at the entrance to the medieval city. Visitors cross the ramparts of Malzieu-Ville for a journey through time between the half-timbered houses and the large towers. There, no souvenir shops or crowds of tourists with ice cream cone in hand. If the summer season got off to an exceptionally good start, there is still room to still feel calm ... "I have never seen so many people in July!", Wonders Agnès Farges, a potter who, for thirty years, the green of the omnipresent nature in Margeride declines in a thousand shades.

Lovers of wide open spaces roam its paths where it is good to pick blueberries in the shade of beeches and Scots pines. As a bonus, they discover a beautiful heritage, such as the medieval keep of Apcher, accessible by a contemporary staircase in the shape of a trebuchet. Its rocky peak offers a splendid panorama on the Margeride and its "tips", local term for the summits. The highest, that of Fortunio, rises to 1,552 meters. To the north, on the border between Lozère and Haute-Loire, Mont Mouchet was the scene of a battle between the Wehrmacht and the Resistance in June 1944. Wounded guerrillas were being treated at the psychiatric asylum of Saint- Alban-sur-Limagnole, who also hid refugees, including the poet Paul Éluard. A place of intellectual effervescence, the hospital represents the cradle of institutional psychotherapy as well as a recognized center of art brut.

Mitterrand's bison

This episode is detailed in Scénovision, a very successful interactive museum, both playful and poetic. We follow Auguste, the postman, on his last tour through this medium-mountain granite land. There he no longer meets wolves, but Aubrac cows with eyes as kohl makeup. In Sainte-Eulalie, the neighboring village, European bison have taken up residence in a reserve to be traveled by horse-drawn carriage. When, in 1991, Lech Walesa offered François Mitterrand a specimen of this endangered species, the most suitable territory had to be found. The wild land of Margeride imposed itself.

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