E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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 Prioresss Tale of Chaucer, which Wordsworth has modernised. In Rymers Fdera are several documents relating to this event.