Martin Krpan

Martin Krpan is the name of an imaginary person apparently living in the period of Turk invasions. He was farmer from Notranjska, earning some extra money by smuggling salt from the Adriatic coast into the Austrian inland. Due to his strongness, he was invited to Vienna to fight against the chief of invading Turk forces, called Brdavs. With a butcher's axe and a linden pole he succeeded to behead Brdavs and to thus save Vienna from Turks.
Martin Krpan is the title of a story, popular with children, written by Fran Levstik in mid-19th century. Depicting a strong Slovenian farmer saving Vienna was an interesting subject in the time when Slovenians were fighting for national rights within the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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