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Viking longship

Richard, nice work on Viking longship. Substitute any image you'd like; just trying to stimulate your thoughts re images. You can have as many images as you want. We have a "Gallery" subpage to use if you want to show several or more images without cluttering the Main Article. On the Gallery subpage, if you want the reader to view a copyrighted image, link to it, and annotate the link. For example, see Thylakoid/Gallery.

I divided up your paragraphs for easier readability; you may want to do it differently.

I hope you will continue to develop the article, and branch out to tell us more about the Vikings. Fascinating story, especially re Europeanean history, which you alluded to. And England.

Keep up the good work.

Anthony.Sebastian 20:08, 22 September 2012 (UTC), Managing Editor

The changes look good to me, and I'll keep the book details in the main article as the bibliography subpage may be out of the way. There doesn't seem to be much about Vikings here, so I hope to add to that. I probably won't tackle the main article just, and writing about smaller topics such as the Danelaw in England will help me get to grips with the subject. In particular there should be some interesting biographies to add, including Alfred the Great. Richard Nevell 21:34, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Sounds like a good plan. Anthony.Sebastian 01:27, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

High Middle Ages

Richard: We have articles started on the Middle Ages ( and one on its periodization (, but not one specifically on the High Middle Ages, your specialty.

A challenge. From a course I once took, topics/headings might include:

“Demography and the Commercial Revolution; Those Who Fought—The Nobles; The Chivalric Code Feudalism; Those Who Worked—The Peasants; Those Who Worked—The Townspeople; Women in Medieval Society; Those Who Prayed—The Monks; Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Movement; Heretics and Heresy; The Medieval Inquisitions; Jews and Christians; The Origins of Scholasticism; Aquinas and the Problem of Aristotle; The First Universities; The People's Crusade; The Conquest of Jerusalem; The Norman Conquest; Philip II of France; Magna Carta; Empire versus Papacy; Emperor Frederick II.”[1]

You could make High Middle Ages a “portal” article, briefly giving the nub of each topic and referring the reader to the appropriate Citizendium article that covers the topic in more depth, some of which you might need to initiate yourself later.

What thinketh thou?

  1. Daileader P. High Middle Ages. The Great Courses.

Anthony.Sebastian 21:33, 16 October 2012 (UTC), Managing Editor

That sounds like a sensible framework. I like the idea of using High Middle Ages as a portal to summarise the sub topics as it would allow each to be worked on its own. That breaks it down into manageable parts; "women in medieval society" on its own is a substantial subject. At the moment I've somehow got sidetracked into Roman subjects. It's a while since I studied Ancient History, but it's nice to pick up the books again. Richard Nevell 20:49, 24 October 2012 (UTC)


In response to your question, I could certainly look at any changes to the article. I will put it on my watchlist. --Martin Wyatt 21:18, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Richard, I gave the article a good first read through and made a bunch of comments about some thoughts I had while reading it. take them for what they're worth. I'd also recommend that someone take a real slow read through it to catch spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. I saw a few but didn't note them. Let's see what others think and if we can't get this approved. Russell D. Jones 21:00, 25 October 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback, it's been really helpful. I'm proofreading it myself to hopefully get rid of the most egregious mistakes before I'll ask Martin to take another look. Richard Nevell 22:26, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
Take a look Russell D. Jones 01:19, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
I have gone through the article and made some corrections. --Martin Wyatt 14:59, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks very much for catching those. I'm happy to return the favour if you let me know. Richard Nevell 13:58, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

Other topics

If you could take a look at the article on George Fox I should be grateful. I know there is some repetition at the beginning, due to my starting from a stub which someone else had created. --Martin Wyatt 20:01, 14 November 2012 (UTC) P.S. I have also done most of the article on Edmund Spenser, which could also do with some looking at.--Martin Wyatt 20:04, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Seeing your interest in medieval history, I wonder whether it extends to Robin Hood. I have created a stub article. --Martin Wyatt 22:41, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

Hi Martin, I like what you've done with Fox's article and left some comments on the article's talk page. I made a few changes to the article's wording, but if you don't like any of it please feel free to undo them. The wording of Spenser's article looks good to me. As you include Hadfield's latest book in the references I assume you've got access to it, but I mentioned in the text that it's uncertain which year Spenser was born in and referenced the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Do you have access to the site, it's quite handy? Richard Nevell 20:43, 17 November 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for the changes to George Fox and Spenser, and for the further suggestions on Fox. As for the picture, I had already left a message on John Stephenson's Talk page to ask him whether he had any more information on it, as Larry Ingle was reduced to using part of a caricature for the main illustration of his biography. The other suggestions I will continue to work on. I don't have a subscription to the ODNB. I seem to remember from somewhere that Hadfield did the entry on Spenser, and he certainly mentions uncertainty on the date of birth in the biography (but I cannot find in the biography whether he was using a Jan-Dec year or a Mar-Mar one, and it seems from what he says that the d o b was probably in March). For many of the edits I have made I rely on the Oxford Companion to Eng Lit as a brief source.--Martin Wyatt 21:06, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Chartres Cathedral

Thank you for uploading the picture. I like how the sky is deep sunny blue. (Chunbum Park 02:51, 28 December 2012 (UTC))

Pompeii, Approval Process

Richard, well done! See my question under Update on Talk page. Approval should be forthcoming. Anthony.Sebastian 04:58, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

I nominated the article for approval pending further revisions. Russell D. Jones 15:39, 1 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the help, both of you. I've been able to come at the article with fresh eyes so there have been a few other proof reading changes aside from those suggested on the Talk page. Richard Nevell 23:16, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

Thank you

Thank you for the comment you left on my talk page. I have been obliged to get a new computer, with a totally new and (as usual) perverse operating system, and am struggling to get used to it. --Martin Wyatt 20:11, 22 February 2013 (UTC)


It looks great! I will feature it. Thank you! (Chunbum Park 01:17, 23 February 2013 (UTC))

Nomination for the Editorial Council

You have been nominated for an Author seat on the Editorial Council in the July-August Special Election. The nominator was myself. To accept or decline this nomination, please visit the Nominations page by midnight UTC on July 27th. You may write an election statement for each if you wish (linked from the Nominations page).

The Editorial Council seat expires on December 31st, 2013. In the event that Referendum 1 is passed, all seats will expire on June 30th, 2014. Thanks! John Stephenson 17:24, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for nominating me John. My apologies for not replying sooner, I realise it's past the deadline, but I only just logged in. I hope the elections go well. Richard Nevell 13:58, 28 July 2013 (UTC)


Haven't seen you around for a while. I should be grateful if you would look at the addition I recently made to the article on Dartmoor, the second para. --Martin Wyatt 21:19, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Martyn, I'll happily take a look. Richard Nevell 18:00, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the note on my talk page. An exhibition on the find opened in Plymouth Museum a week ago, but I have been away and have not seen it yet. I'll take a look at it before making the alteration you suggest, and see if there is anything that can be usefully added. --Martin Wyatt 14:57, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Cowdray House

Richard, you mentioned the Earl of Egmont and later the Earl of Egremont. At first I thought the latter might be a misspelling, then I found out you were talking about two different people. Perhaps it would be better if you gave the names of the individuals for these peerage fellows.

I will try to find an Editor to oversee approval of the article. Anthony.Sebastian (talk) 01:00, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Welcome back

Richard, it heartens me so to see you making an edit here again. Welcome back! I've just returned from a long hiatus also. Pat Palmer (talk) 00:51, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Hi Pat, hopefully at least a handful more to follow! Richard Nevell (talk) 12:19, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

asking to add you as an advisor for CZ planning purposes

Planning/advisory panel

Hi Richard We're putting together a non-public Google group where some of us can brainstorm about how this wiki might develop in the future. I was hoping you'd be willing to join the group and advise. If you are, please email me at pgpalmer A T gmail so that I can add or invite you to the group (CZ-Advisory Panel).Pat Palmer (talk) 01:47, 3 July 2020 (UTC)

Write-a-Thon this weekend

This Sunday, we're getting together on the wiki for the first time in a decade to create and edit articles loosely themed on planets, stars, galaxies and cosmic entities - or anything that involves words like those! For more information, see What's a Write-a-thon? etc. Hope to see you there! John Stephenson (talk) 16:34, 7 January 2021 (UTC)

Sorry I missed it John. I was a bit stumped initially, but I just realised I could have squeak in a page on galactic archaeology. Hope it went well! Richard Nevell (talk) 17:51, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
Richard, We've got another one going this weekend, with the theme "messaging and missives". So if you get a chance, please come party with us. Pat Palmer (talk) 19:47, 15 January 2021 (UTC)