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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2009, 10:42:40 pm »

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There are two recent films based on the attacks of the Beast: Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)[10], directed by Christophe Gans, and La bête du Gévaudan (2003)[11], directed by Patrick Volson.

Brotherhood of the Wolf, while based on the records of the creature, also took several creative liberties in order to make the story more entertaining. Rather than a wolf or wolf-dog crossbreed, the movie portrays the creature as a lion equipped with armor to make it seem more threatening. The Beast is the instrument of the film's titular secret organization, which attempts to undermine public confidence in the king and ultimately take over the country by stating that the Beast is a divine punishment for the King's indulgence of the modern embrace of science over religion.
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« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2009, 10:44:57 pm »

The Beast of Gévaudan (French: Bête du Gévaudan) was a creature that terrorized the general area of the former province of Gévaudan, in today's Lozère département, in the Margeride Mountains in south-central France, in the general timeframe of 1764 to 1767.
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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2009, 10:45:47 pm »

Wolf of Soissons


The Wolf of Soissons was a man-eating wolf which terrorized the commune of Soissons northeast of Paris over a period of two days in 1765, attacking eighteen people, four of which died from their wounds.

The first victims of the wolf were a pregnant woman and her unborn child, attacked in the parish of Septmont on the last day of February. Diligent locals had taken the infant, a scant four or five months old, from the womb to be baptized before it died when the wolf struck again not three hundred yards from the scene of the first attack. One Madame d'Amberief and her son survived only by fighting together.

On 1 March near the hamlet of Courcelles a man was attacked by the wolf and survived with head wounds. The next victims were two young boys, named Boucher and Maréchal, who were savaged on the road to Paris, both badly wounded. A farmer on horseback lost part of his face to the wolf before escaping to a local mill, where a boy of seventeen was caught unawares and slain. After these atrocities the wolf fled to Bazoches, where it partially decapitated a woman and severely wounded a girl, who ran screaming to the village for help. Four citizens of Bazoches set an ambush at the body of the latest victim, but when the wolf returned it proved too much for them and the villagers soon found themselves fighting for their lives. The arrival of more peasants from the village finally put the wolf to flight, chasing it into a courtyard where it fought with a chained dog. When the chain broke the wolf was pursued through a pasture, where it killed a number of sheep, and into a stable, where a servant and cattle were mutilated.
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« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2009, 10:45:56 pm »

The episode ended when one Antoine Saverelle, former member of the local militia, tracked the wolf to small lane armed with a pitchfork. The wolf sprang at him but he managed to pin its head to the ground with the instrument, holding it down for roughly fifteen minutes before an armed peasant came to his aid and killed the animal. Saverelle received a reward of three-hundred livres from Louis XV of France for his bravery.
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« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2009, 10:46:27 pm »

Wolves of Périgord

The Wolves of Périgord were a pack of man-eating wolves that dominated the northwestern regions of Périgord, France, in February of 1766. According to official records, the wolves killed eighteen people and wounded many others before they were eliminated.

Louis XV took personal interest in the case, rewarding a man for his courage in saving a victim of the wolves with the promise of a cash reward and an exemption of militia service for his children. The man, a sexagenarian with a billhook, had rescued an armed marksman and his companions from marauding wolves after their gunpowder had been depleted. Records indicate that citizens of Périgord, known as Sieurs de Fayard, killed three wolves, and a professional hunter slew a fourth. A general hunt ended in the death of two wolves, male and female. The female was noted as having a double row of teeth in the jaw, suggesting the possibility of wolf-dog hybridization.
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« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2009, 10:47:00 pm »



Two of the Wolves of Perigord, on display at the chateau of Razac, Thiviers
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« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2009, 10:47:35 pm »

Wolf of Sarlat


The Wolf of Sarlat attacked and wounded seventeen people in Sarlat, France, in June 1766. Unlike other wolves that had become man-eaters, it was notable in that it attacked only grown men, standing on its hind legs to get at the face and neck. A burgher of Saint-Julien, Monsieur Dubex de Descamps, gathered a hunting party of one-hundred men and set out after the animal. In the pursuit the wolf turned on the hunters, injuring two of them. Dubex trapped the wolf in a meadow, dismounted, and shot it at point-blank range as it charged him. The wolf was roughly thirty inches at the withers and four feet, four inches in length. The huntsmen noted that its appearance combined some physical characteristics typical of foxes and greyhounds, suggesting hybridization.
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« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2009, 10:48:17 pm »

Wolves of Paris

The Wolves of Paris were a man-eating wolf pack that entered Paris during the winter of 1450 through breaches in the city walls, killing forty people. A wolf named Courtaud, or "Bobtail", was the leader of the pack. Eventually the wolves were destroyed when Parisians, furious at the depredations, lured Courtaud and his pack into the heart of the city, where they were stoned and speared to death before the gates of Notre Dame Cathedral.
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« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2009, 10:49:06 pm »

Wolf of Ansbach

The Wolf of Ansbach was a man-eating wolf that attacked and killed an unknown number of people in the Principality of Ansbach in 1685, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire.

Initially a nuisance preying on livestock, the wolf soon began attacking women and children. The citizens of Ansbach believed the animal to be a werewolf, a reincarnation of their late and cruel Bürgermeister, whose recent death had gone unlamented. During an organized hunt the locals succeeded in driving the wolf from a nearby forest and chasing it down with dogs until it leaped into an uncovered well for protection. Trapped, the wolf was slain, and its carcass paraded through the city marketplace. It was dressed in a man's clothing and, after severing its muzzle, the crowd placed a mask, wig, and beard upon its head, giving it the appearance of the former Bürgermeister. The wolf's body was then hanged from a gibbet for all to see until it underwent preservation for permanent display at a local museum.
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The Wolf of Ansbach, chased into a well and displayed on a gibbet
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« Reply #28 on: June 08, 2009, 10:51:47 pm »



Welcome on the web site of the Beast of Gévaudan

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« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2009, 10:52:24 pm »

L'histoire

Au commencement de juin de l’année 1764, une femme de Langogne, en Gévaudan, gardant son troupeau de boeufs, aux environs du bourg, fut attaquée par une bête féroce. Les chiens, à l’aspect de la Bête, tremblants de peur, s’enfuirent la queue basse; les boeufs, au contraire, vaillamment groupés autour de leur gardienne, mirent l’animal en fuite. La femme, au reste, n’était pas blessée; elle rentra à Langogne, très émue, la robe et le corsage en lambeaux. À la description qu’elle fit du monstre qui l’avait assaillie, on comprit que la peur lui avait quelque peu troublé la tête. C’était un loup, tout simplement, assuraient les sceptiques; peut-être un loup enragé; le fait n’était pas rare, et l’on n’en parla plus.

Mais quelques semaines plus tard, le bruit se répand, dans toute la vallée de l’Allier supérieur, que la Bête a reparu. Le 3 juillet, à Saint-Étienne-de-Lugdarès, en Vivarais, elle a dévoré une fillette de quatorze ans; le 8 août, elle attaque une fille de Puy-Laurent, en Gévaudan, et la déchire; trois garçons de quinze ans, du village de Chayla-l’Évêque, une femme d’Arzenc, une fillette du village de Thorts, un berger de Chaudeyrac, sont trouvés morts dans les champs; leurs corps, horriblement mutilés, sont à peine reconnaissables. En septembre, une fille de Rocles, un homme de Choisinet, une femme d’Apcher, disparaissent; on recueille leurs débris et des lambeaux de leurs vêtements épars dans les champs et dans les bois. Le 8 octobre, un homme jeune de Pouget rentre au village terrifié, à demi mort : il a rencontré, dans un verger, la Bête, qui lui a lacéré la peau du crâne et de la poitrine. Deux jours plus tard, un enfant de treize ans a également le front ouvert et le cuir chevelu arraché. Le 19, une fille de vingt ans est trouvée aux environs de Saint-Alban, dans une prairie, affreusement déchiquetée : la Bête s’était acharnée sur elle, "avait bu tout son sang", et dévoré ses entrailles.

Tout le Gévaudan en tremblait. Le capitaine Duhamel, aide-major des dragons de Langogne, s’était volontairement mis à la tête d’une troupe de hardis paysans afin de donner la chasse à l’animal mystérieux. Il avait même cerné et tué un grand loup qui lui avait valu dix-huit livres de prime mais les gens de la campagne ne se rassuraient point ; ce vulgaire loup n’était pas la Bête, ainsi qu’on s’efforçait à le leur faire croire, et, de ce fait, on apprit presque aussitôt que celle-ci se moquait des chasseurs et poursuivait ses ravages. Un soir d’octobre, un paysan du village de Julianges, Jean-Pierre Pourcher, rangeait des bottes de paille dans sa grange; le soir tombait, la neige couvrait la campagne. Tout à coup, une ombre passe devant l’étroite fenêtre du hangar. Pourcher est pris d’une "espèce de frayeur", il va décrocher son fusil, se poste à la lucarne de son écurie et il aperçoit dans la rue du village, devant la fontaine, un animal monstrueux et tel qu’il n’en a jamais vu.
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