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BANKBAN, bäṉk bän′ (properly BENEDICT BOR), called also Bancbanus. A Hungarian military governor of the Thirteenth Century. There is a story, almost certainly legendary, to the effect that, his wife having been wronged by the Queen's brother, he stormed the royal castle and cut the Queen to pieces. On this are founded two dramas, one in Hungarian by Katona (1827), and the other Grillparzer's Ein treuer Diener seines Herrn (1830).