Religion: The Legend of Little Hugh

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So in his Prioresse's Tale Geoffrey Chaucer ended his version of one of the best-known stories of the Middle Ages. "In 1255," according to contemporary Chronicler Matthew Paris, "the Jews of Lincoln stole a boy called Hugh, who was about eight years old." After fattening him up, they were said to have staged a mock re-enactment of the Crucifixion, killing little Hugh to the accompaniment of fiendish tortures. "When the boy was dead," Paris concludes, "they took the body...

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