Not just the writers. It was a common belief at the time as well.I entirely sympathise with those writers of historical fiction who apparently got to point 4. and wondered 'How the hell did Richelieu manage that?'
I've read... three?... novels with three different explanations for the event, because real life just seemed vaguely embarrassing.
Helps the rep, and discourages would-be adventurers from trying their luck.Not just the writers. It was a common belief at the time as well.