User talk:Simoncursitor

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Hello and welcome to Cunnan,

Good work on what you've been working on so far, we normally start by encouraging new users to make edits but you've beaten us to it. Feel free to edit your user page to tell us about yourself and link to any other websites you're involved in.

One small tip: you can sign your user-name on talk pages by typing ~~~ for something like "Tobin" or by typing ~~~~ for "Tobin 09:04, 7 Oct 2004 (EST)".


Kingdom of Alvia

Since you added it to Other re-enactment sites, could you explain what exactly Alvia is coz the homepage confuses me. Is it a fictional kingdom played within Far Isles or is it a breakaway group from Far Isles? - Cian Gillebhrath

Alvia as such never existed, and, in due course, will come off here. It was "invented" as a Far Isles plot device. I offered to flesh it out, did so, and found that the people who'd started it had forgotten saying I could, and thought someone had run with the idea and founded it. However, the FI have stuck with it and (for those who don't know the *truth*) I don't want to spoil the illusion that it might be Out There Somewhere. It's here short-term simply for that reason (and because I built the p*gg*ng web-site and I'm proud(-ish) of it. Thank you for bothering to look at it. It will also die eventually, but I have three more heraldic devices to put on, and several Guilds yet to do. Not to mention possibly the Return of Wicked!Alix and her Dupe-Princess!Ysabeau.
--Simoncursitor 18:42, 4 Nov 2004 (EST)

Some really beautiful writing about english monachs. thankyouTiff 08:22, 5 Jan 2005 (CST)

"post-racialist Uk PoV"? Your additions are good and in-depth, so what is a "post-racialist"? Are you meaning a modern Brit having a Roman PoV in the timeline of the "post-Roman Empire"? - Cian Gillebhrath No, merely writing as someone whose ancestors were probably at least indirectly responsible for the annihilation of African civilization. We will certainly have benefited from it, given that without it there would be no British Empire, just a muddy island occasionally conquered by the French.

User Status

You have just been upgraded to sysop level. As you did not ask for this you will be relieved to know that this status comes with no obligations. It does however allow you to do a number of things such as edit the Main Page, and block spammers. To block spammers go to the Recent Changes page, where the block option will come up for any user that has not logged in (ie, they are an IP address). If they have logged in, you can block them by going to Special pages, scrolling to the bottom, clicking on Block User and typing in their name.

There are a couple of other minor things you can do, including protecting pages, but there is only one page where it was felt that was necessary, so it's not a commonly used power.

If you have any further questions, just put them up here. In part this is our way of saying both that we trust you, and we appreciate your efforts on the wiki. Conrad Leviston 08:54, 27 May 2005 (CDT)

  • Thank you -- I will endeavour to live up to the high standards you have set. I hope you don't mind if I exercise this, later this week, by just slotting in the Scottish kings onto the Main Page, so that I can get to them quicker, for edits. May I say that Cunnan has fast become one of my favourite sites to visit and to contribute to, because of the peaceful and scholarly atmosphere -- something which I sometimes miss in Real Life, let alone on the World Wide Weirdness.

--Simoncursitor 04:40, 30 May 2005 (CDT)

the mango issue

In solidarity with your decision to delete the spurious mango page, I have researched and written a little blurb about the period relevance of mangos. --Elyas 17:05, 14 Jun 2005 (CDT)

Thank you. I'm pleased everything has "worked out". --Simoncursitor 02:06, 15 Jun 2005 (CDT)


I have edited the England page with a view to creating links useful to those with English personae. With this in mind I have attempted to create pages for distinct eras, e.g. Anglo-Saxon England. I am not totally happy with the way that I have grouped the eras (I think an Angevin England page might be a good idea), but my English history is not good enough for me to do this with any confidence. Could you take a look at it for me and group the eras into what you think is useful from a cultural point of view?

not my question, but I'm not convinced by your middle eras. I guess i think more in terms of archeology than history. 1066 is a clear change, but changes such as gaining anjevin kings didn't really change the overall society.

  • perhaps: Roman England/brittain, Anglo saxon england, anglo-norman england, medieval england

Weather medeival england starts in 1155 or sometime later, is a bit to argue. Tiff 02:44, 23 Jun 2005 (CDT)

re: Arthur

Please edit away. I am actually not a big Arthuriana person, and have scant knowledge of the subject. But when I saw it was missing it seemed like such a critical thing for an SCA wiki. I figured if I started the framework then it would be easier for more qualified others to fill in the blanks. :) Sabine 11:12, 19 Jul 2005 (CDT)

Scottish Monarchs

I took a look at the Scottish Monarchs list. Gosh you'rs doing a good job! I have a little template that I would like to use to pretty up the pages. You can see what I have currently on the Duncan II page. If you would like to see any changes to the template let me know on the Template talk:Scottish Monarch page. Using the template is pretty straightforward, but in case you are confuse by something, I'll write a set of instructions at Template talk:Scottish Monarch. Conrad Leviston 21:21, 19 Jul 2005 (CDT)


Hi, I've done a quick page on garb the heraldic charge. See Talk:Garb for related issues if you want to comment on it. Conrad Leviston 04:09, 7 Sep 2005 (CDT)

You asked me: Would you mind my undoing your re-direct, and turning it into a disambiguation, so as to allow the secondary, heraldic, meaning of "garb", as a stask of corn, to be recorded ? --Simoncursitor 02:38, 7 Sep 2005 (CDT)

Looks like you have this taken care of. I like the new page. Thanks. --JakeVortex 11:57, 21 Oct 2005 (CDT)


Sorry -- the "erased silliness" bit was about buses being an endagered species -- not the actual use of "viking" as a verb. I'm actually looking into the etymology of the word "viking" -- it appears to have something to do with a "vyk" or "creek", unless my Norse is worse than my Latin, in which case I'm dead wrong.

Of course, it could be like the Canadian use verb "jigging", which can mean "to dance a jig" or "to go hunting for small game". I've never danced a jig before, but I've been 'coon jiggin', greytail jiggin' and coney jiggin' (raccoon, squirrel and rabbit, respectively.

Re: the North Pole

Go ahead -- the article was written as part of a vandalism spree, and I was so demoralized at that point that I just wiped it and went to bed.

Oddly, it has inspired me to do some research on the medieval concept of the "Ultima Thule", as the land beyond the northlands, the furthest extent of the world. I'll post an article on it, eventually. User:Paul Matisz 20 Apr 2006, 01:30 EST


Simon: Is it possible to block this yahoo for more than 24 or 48 hours (say indefinitely, or for 3-4 months at the least)? He keeps coming back and messing up articles, and I can see he's bee blocked multiple times?

Also, how does one block a user, or erase an entire article? User:Paul Matisz

Spoke too soon!

Religion in the Renaissance has been repeatedly vandalized again, looks like by the same people. I've corrected it. Guilty parties: User:, User: and User:

It's not that I mind, so much, it's just that the vandalism is really juvenile. Makes you wish for a higher form of vandal.

Credit where credits due

Keep on going Simon with your monarchs, etc. articles, but don't forget the copyright "policy". I noticed that James I etc were mainly cut'n'paste from Wikipedia articles. Even the article is going to be added to or rewritten later, we should at least credit Wikipedia with being the source of the original text. - Cian Gillebhrath 15:13, 11 May 2006 (EST)

Horses Branle

As far as I know, the Horses Branle is a dance, not a particular dance step, so I have undone the "dance step" category you added to the page. - Cian Gillebhrath Sorry -- this was added because the article specifies the steps being used, rather thsn just describing the dance.

Eadric Streona

I would recommend looking up anything Anglo Saxon on, but also Frank Stenton's History of Anglo Saxon England or Francis Palgrave History of the Anglo Saxons or The House of Ehelred by Thomas Kelley, but original sources would be Chronicon ex Chrononicis by Florence and John of Worcester, William of Malmesbury, Roger of Wendover,Walter Mapp, Geoffery de Gaimar and of course the Anglo Saxon Chronicle plus the works of Aethelweard the Historian- possibly Eadric's father- who wrote in excruciatingly bad Latin (which makes him something of a personal hero) but had access to a now lost version of the ASC. Thanks for the appreciation. Streona 06:17, 30 November 2007 (EST)

Re: enbunjalated

Actually, what I find fascinating about the term is its legs. It was a one-off joke on the Rialto ( in the late 80s or early 90s. Someone liked it enough to put it in their random sig file, so it popped up now and then on Rialto postings. Then I was tooling around here another decade or so on and found that some one had put it on Cunnan. I was quite bemused ... AlexandreDavigne 00:02, 7 March 2009 (EST)

Mostly Myth

There is a more comprehensive and presumably accurate description of the Battle of Badon on Wikipedia at:

The Arthurian legend is just that, although the facts around the battle seem to be generally accurate.

Politely, on this matter, and knowing the rigorous standards Wikipedia applies to its content, I would rather pay attention to what British sources in the early Medieval say (based on their access to sources now lost to us) than on what a Wikipedia editor decides would make "good copy" for his article. -- Simoncursitor

Deleting pages

Hi Simon. Are you having trouble deleting pages? According to you should be able to do almost anything. If you are having problems, I suggest you send Yves a word. - Cian Gillebhrath (talk) 21:46, 7 March 2013 (EST)