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.