Monday, April 02, 2018

Nice guy, but only to rich folks

This chivalry of the Black Prince and his fellows was reserved, like that of Richard the Lion-Hearted, entirely for the well-born. For the common people the prince showed a callous cruelty. For instance, upon hearing of the death of Sir John Chandos, his right-hand man, he assuaged his grief by storming Limoges and having two thousand men, women and children put to the sword without mercy. There was no Froissart to write the grim story of such forgotten men and women, who suffered murder, pillage and torture.

(from A History of England and the British Empire)

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