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I note such masonry legends were very common in the Middle Age. One immortalised in a Hungarian poem is connected to castle Déva (today in Romanian: Deva; in the German of Transsylvanian Saxons: Diemrich). The legend the poem is based on tells of twelve masons who were trying to build the castle, but the newly built walls tumbled down every midday and midnight. Then they made a pact to wait until the first of the twelve men's wives arrives, and throw her on the fire - and use the ash in the mortar. The unlucky husband was called Kelemen (Clement).

(The castle itself was connected to a lot of important historical events, but was unfortunately destroyed in an accidental munitions explosion during the 1848/9 Hungarian revolution.)

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

by DoDo on Fri Oct 28th, 2005 at 08:20:51 AM EST
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