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Title Beast : werewolves, serial killers, & man-eaters : the mystery of the monsters of the Gévaudan / Gustavo Sánchez Romero & S.R. Schwalb ; foreword by Phil Barnson ; illustrated by Gustavo Sánchez Romero.
Author Romero, Gustavo Sánchez.
Publication New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2016]
Copyright date ©2016
Description 1 online resource : illustrations
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Summary Using modern biology and history to investigate a series of grisly deaths in the countryside of 18th-century France.Something unimaginable occurred from 1764 to 1767 in the remote highlands of south-central France. For three years, a real-life monster, or monsters, ravaged the region, slaughtering by some accounts more than 100 people, mostly women and children, and inflicting severe injuries upon many others. Alarmed rural communities--and their economies--were virtually held hostage by the marauder, and local officials and Louis XV deployed dragoons and crack wolf hunters from far-off Normandy and the King's own court to destroy the menace. And with the creature's reign of terror occurring at the advent of the modern newspaper, it can be said the ferocious attacks in the Gévaudan region were one of the world's first media sensations. Despite extensive historical documentation about this awesome predator, no one seemed to know exactly what it was. Theories abounded: Was it an exotic animal, such as a hyena, that had escaped from a menagerie? A werewolf? A wolf-dog hybrid? A new species? Some kind of conspiracy? Or, as was proposed by the local bishop, was it a scourge of God? To this day, debates on the true nature of La Bete, The Beast," continue. With historical illustrations, composite sketches by the author, on-the-scene modern-day photographs, autopsy analysis, and fictionalized accounts, Beast takes a fascinating look at all the evidence, using a mix of history and modern biology to advance a theory that could solve one of the most bizarre and unexplained killing sprees of all time: France's infamous Beast of the Gévaudan.
Note Online resource; title from READ title page (OverDrive, viewed March 1, 2016).
Subject Gray wolf -- France -- Gévaudan -- Folklore.
Gray wolf -- France -- Gévaudan -- History -- 18th century.
Gévaudan (France) -- History -- 18th century.
Gray wolf. (OCoLC)fst01750255
France -- Gévaudan. (OCoLC)fst01224526
1700-1799
Genre Electronic books.
Folklore. (OCoLC)fst01423784
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author Schwalb, S. R.
OverDrive, Inc.
ISBN 9781632207807 electronic bk.
163220780X electronic bk.

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