In this article, about revising the reputation of Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince, I wrote of the 2016 biography of the prince by Michael Jones, in which an undoubted stain on the prince’s memory was reconsidered. The prince apparently ordered the sack the city of Limoges, and slaughter of at least 3,000 inhabitants. This number, and the incredible accompanying cruelty, was reported by Froissart, who wrote later of course, and may have had a hidden agenda for blackening the prince’s memory. Whatever his purpose, blacken it he certainly did.
Anyway, the Jones biography mentions evidence in the form of a newly-unearthed French chronicle which reveals the French themselves to have been guilty of what happened at Limoges. See also here for another review that mentions this aspect of the Michael Jones book.
I have been rambling around on Google, looking for something else, and have come upon this article which was written in 2014, two years before the Jones book. This BBC article reveals that a French historian, Dr Guilhem Pepin, had discovered in a Spanish archive, a letter (illustrated top above) written by the prince himself, explaining what happened. This letter demonstrates that a maximum of 100 French soldiers and 200 French citizens perished at Limoges. A far cry from 3,000. Jones indicates that the French took revenge on Limoges for supporting the English, so why, if the prince’s letter was found in 2014, did Jones not refer to it in 2016?
His biography of the Black Prince should drop through my letterbox soon, and maybe he does refer to the letter, but right now, he certainly does not seem to have done so.
In the meantime I am left with the thought that Froissart did to the Black Prince what all that Tudor propaganda did to Richard III.