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Black Prince Edward 'not as black as he's painted' Cleared of 'massacre' 647 years on.

Byline: JAMES PODESTA

AN English prince has been wrongly blamed for a massacre by French troops since 1379.

A military historian says Edward of Woodstock unfairly became known as The Black Prince after the French claimed he ordered the deaths of 3,000 innocents in Limoges, 647 years ago.

The prince, eldest son and heir of King Edward III, is still hated across the Channel for his part in the Hundred Years War between the two countries from 1337 to 1453.

But new evidence suggests the prince did not order the killings and that, in fact, French forces butchered 300 of their own countrymen for letting the English into Limoges by opening the city gates.

The findings, in a book by Michael Jones, are intended to "remove an unwarranted stain on the prince's reputation". French chronicler Jean Froissart falsely described "indiscriminate" slaying of men, women and children who threw themselves before the prince but their pleas for mercy were ignored, he says.

"Upwards of 3,000 citizens were put to death that day," Froissart said. But Mr Jones, 62, of South London, found another account by a local chronicler.

This says citizens went to the city gate and let Edward in because they preferred him to a power-mad bishop who had taken over the city. Mr Jones said: "Edward was tough but pious, one of our greatest heroes." Prince Edward died in 1376, aged 45, without becoming king.

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