Thompson, Richard H.

Wolf-Hunting in France in the Reign of Louis XV the Beast of the Gévaudan
1992 0-88946-746-3
The first book-length work in English on a strange episode that exercises perennial fascination for French historians. The Beast of the Gévaudan terrorized an entire countryside for years during the 18th century, killing scores of men, women, and children but ignoring the domestic animals. This is the true story, so far as it can be reconstructed, of the ravages in the province of Gévaudan, and the incompetence, intrigue, corruption, and indifference in high places.