Hugh of Lincoln
It is said that the Jews in 1255 stole a boy named Hugh, whom
they tortured for ten days and then crucified. Eighteen of the richest
Jews of Lincoln were hanged for taking part in this affair, and the boy
was buried in state. This is the subject of The Prioress's Talc
of Chaucer, which Wordsworth has modernised. In Rymer's Foedera
are several documents relating to this event.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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