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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.

Wow, haven't yet heard the legend myself. Upon checking, the origin of the name is more recent: a poet from a rival wine-groving region invented the name "bull's blood" in 1846; and the legend must be still younger (it wasn't incorporated into the novel, but the anachronistic wine brand name was).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Oct 21st, 2008 at 05:59:35 AM EST
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