This Day in History: 1370-09-14

On 14th September 1370, John of Gaunt, lord of Pontefract, led an army to the walls of Limoges, Aquitaine, situated between Poitiers and Bergerac, with the ill Black Prince giving orders from his litter. Attempting to recover the city from Charles V’s brother, the Duke of Berry, with actions including a five-days’ siege, mines and counter-mines being dug, hand-to-hand fighting and a massacre of the city-folk by the French defenders, the English forces triumphed.