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Gilbert of Sempringham [St Gilbert of Sempringham] (1083–1189), monastic reformer, was the son, probably the eldest, of Jocelin, a Norman knightly tenant of Alfred of Lincoln, and an unnamed Anglo-Saxon mother, through whom his father presumably came into his estates, most of which were concentrated in ...

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Hugh of Lincoln [St Hugh of Lincoln, Little St Hugh] (c. 1246–1255), supposed victim of crucifixion, was the son of Beatrice of Lincoln. He is known as Little St Hugh to distinguish him from St Hugh, bishop of Lincoln (1140?–1200). His death, in all probability accidental, and most likely on 27 August 1255, was the catalyst for the accusation of ritual murder aimed at the Jewish community of ...

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Wentworth, Jane [Anne] [called the Maid of Ipswich] (c. 1503–1572?), visionary, was a daughter of Sir Roger Wentworth of Gosfield, Essex, and came of a prominent East Anglian gentry family. Her remarkable story is recorded in a contemporary narrative by Robert, Lord Curzon...