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I heard that the Turkish army was alarmed by the wine-stained beards of the defenders of Eger.  They wondered what these crazy Magyars drank and heard that it was "bull's blood," hence the nickname for a kind of wine.

I've read the novel and have a copy (in translation) in my library.  A great story, heartbreaking as is most of Hungarian history.

Now, what I'd really like to know about is the life of Szechenyi Istvan in the last decades of his life, when he was institutionalized but still writing and agitating for progress in his beloved country.  

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Mon Oct 20th, 2008 at 05:21:46 PM EST

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