Thanks to the prodigious work of some passionnates of the Beast of Gévaudan (Michel DUMAS from Généal 43, Hélène Romain, Bernard Soulier, Alain Bonet), this section dedicated to the documents from the time of the Beast was born.
My purpose here is not to present all the original papers we know - the chronology by Sire Bonet is here for that - but some of the documents that I think are interesting to know or, failing that, to have read once in your life.
If you have ideas of documents that would make nice amongst the others, send them to me and I will add them...
A few death reports to see by yourselves how hard it can by to decypher ancient texts (a translation is above every picture). Still in french but update to come.
One can read a lot in someone's signature. Here are some...
Did the report of Jacques Portefaix exist? Answer here.
Complete report written in the Besset on june 21st 1767. File format .pdf - still in French, sorry ; to read it you need Acrobate Reader.
This is the only other document that talks about the autopsy of the Beast Jean Chastel killed - still in French, sorry.
Comparative work by Clément Drolet, canadian passionate. File format .pdf - still in French, sorry, to read it you need Acrobate Reader.
Report by François Antoine after he met the one he will call in his letters the "Virgin of du Gévaudan", Marie-Jeanne Valet, who fought alone he Beast near Paulhac-en-Margeride - still in French, sorry.
Report by François Antoine about his (fake) hunt in the forest of the royal abbey of the Chazes - still in French, sorry.
Report of the surgeon who studied the beast killed by Antoine at the Chazes forest, and brought to Clermont-Ferrand (because it was killed in Auvergne not in Gévaudan) - still in French, sorry.
Complete booklet by M. Aribaud-Farrère, puiblished in 1962 in Béziers. File format .pdf, - still in French, sorry, to read it you need Acrobate Reader.