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Robert of Bury St Edmunds

(1171—1181)


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(1171–81).

He was alleged to have been crucified by Jews: as in the cases of William of Norwich and ‘little St Hugh’ of Lincoln it is extremely likely that his death was due to other causes and that the cult was a popular expression of anti-Semitic hatred and suspicion. Robert was never canonized; the cult was unofficial, but it survived at least until the time of William Worcestre.

William Worcestre, p. 163; T. Arnold (ed.), Memorials of St Edmund's Abbey (R.S.), i. 223; iii. 6.

Subjects: Christianity.


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