This volcanic plateau, carved out by glaciers, is crossed by an old Roman road, from Germany and Switzerland to Spain.
In villages that dot this immensity, Nasbinals, Marchastel, Saint-Chely-d'Aubrac or Laguiole, say scary legends of lost travelers, "died of cold" or murdered by bandits or the "Beast of Gevaudan."
The ghost of the dead pilgrims on Aubrac:
The foundation of the Order of Aubrac hospital in 1120 by a noble Compostela pilgrim named Adalard Eyne, viscount of Flanders, is the subject of stories, two centuries later.
Returning from his pilgrimage with his troop of thirty knights, he crosses the Aubrac at dusk. The troop seek shelter for the night and set his heart on a cave ... they find twenty murdered travelers heads, probably also the pilgrims. Christ appeared and asked Adalard to found a hospital in this dangerous place. Adalard ended his pilgrimage and returned to base it.
Another version of the legend is shown in a tapestry of the 17th century stretched in the church: Adalard would have made his vow starting to Compostela, but had forgotten. Back through Aubrac in return he was rebuked by Christ, who brought down his mule in the snow.
A third version of 19 century: Adalard attacked by bandits on the way, vowed if he escaped them, to found an asylum here to receive and escort the pilgrims ... that he will when he return : He built a hospital, run by priests, brothers and sisters, and guarded by twelve knights to escort pilgrims. He remained there until the end of his days.
For those who want to judge the historical truth, I refer you to the site: Saint Jacques / Aubrac
The "Beast of Gevaudan"
The Beast of Gevaudan is an animal source ofa series of attacks against humans occurred between 30 June 1764 and 19 June 1767. These attacks, often fatal, among a hundred, took place mainly in the north of the former country of Gevaudan (which generally corresponds to the current department of Lozere), a breeding area.
The "Beast of Gevaudan" quickly passed from the stage of the news story, to the point of mobilizing many royal troops and give rise to all sorts of rumors, both the nature of this "beast" - in turn seen as a wolf, an exotic pet and even a werewolf ... or a serial killer in more recent times, as the reasons which drove to address populations - the divine punishment to the theory of the trained animal to kill.
Among the many animals slaughtered during this period, two canines are believed to be the Beast. The first is a great wolf killed by François Antoine, arquebuse holder of the King of France, on the field of the royal abbey of Chazes in September 1765. Once the wolf stuffed in Versailles, the newspapers and the Court lost interest in this case, although other deaths were deplored later. Jean Chastel, farmer from La Besseyre-Saint-Mary, killed the second beast, identified as a wolf or large dog in June 1767. According to the tradition, the animal killed by Chastel, was well the Beast of Gevaudan, past this date, no fatal attack was not reported in the province. (From Wikipedia)