Hudjadge, a shah of Persia, suffered much from sleeplessness, and commanded Fitead, his porter and gardener, to tell him tales to while away the weary hours. Fitead declared himself wholly unable to comply with this request. “Then find some one who can,” said Hudjadge, “or suffer death for disobedience.” On reaching home, greatly dejected, he told his only daughter, Moradbak, who was motherless, and only 14 years old, the shah’s command, and she undertook the task. She told the shah the stories called The Oriental Tales, which not only amused him, but cured him, and he married her.—Comte de Caylus: Oriental Tales (1743). (See THOUSAND-AND-ONE.)

Hudson (Sir Geoffrey), the famous dwarf, formerly page to queen Henrietta Maria. Sir Geoffrey tells Julian Peveril how the late queen had him enclosed in a pie and brought to table.—Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak (time, Charles II.).

Vandyke has immortalized sir Geoffrey by his brush; and some of his clothes are said to be preserved in sir Hans Sloane’s museum.

Hudson (Tam), gamekeeper.—Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering (time, George II.).

Hugh, blacksmith at Ringleburn; a friend of Hobbie Elliot, the Heughfoot farmer.—Sir W. Scott: The Black Dwarf (time, Anne).

Hugh, servant at the Maypole inn. This giant in stature and ringleader in the “No Popery riots,” was a natural son of sir John Chester and a gipsy. He loved Dolly Varden, and was very kind to Barnaby Rudge, the half-witted lad. Hugh was executed for his participation in the “Gordon riots.”—Dickens: Barnaby Rudge (1841).

Hugh count of Vermandois, a crusader.— Sir W. Scott: Count Robert of Paris (time, Rufus).

Hugh de Brass (Mr.), in A Regular Fix, by J. M. Morton.

Hugh of Lincoln. Matthew Paris asserts that in 1255 the Jews of Lincoln kidnapped a boy named Hugh, eight years old, crucified him, and threw his body into a pit. Eighteen of the wealthiest Jews of Lincoln were hanged for taking part in this affair, and the boy was buried in state.

There are several documents in Rymer’s Fœdera relative to this event. The story is told in the Chronicles of Matthew Paris. It is the subject of the Prioress’s Tale in Chaucer (q.v.), and Wordsworth has a modernized version of Chaucer’s tale.

A similar story is told of William of Norwich, said to have been crucified by the Jews in 1137.

Percy, in his Reliques, i. 3, has a ballad about a boy named Hew (q.v.), whose mother was “lady Hew of Mirryland town” (Milan). He was enticed by an apple given him by a Jewish damsel, who “stabbed him with a penknife, rolled him in lead, and cast him into a well.”

Werner is another boy said to have been crucified by the Jews. The place of this alleged murder was Bacharach.

Of the innocent boy, who, some years back,
Was taken and crucified by the Jews,
In that ancient town of Bacharach!
   —Longfellow: Golden Legend.

Incredible as it may seem to some persons, the belief that Jews require Christian blood in some of their religious rites is still prevalent in some places.

In 1881 occurred the notorious case of Esther Solymossy, of whose murder the Jew of Tisra-Eszlar (a village in Hungary) was accused. The trial of the Jew lasted two years; and though the accused was acquitted, the villagers generally believed him guilty.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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