I've been looking everywhere, both on the net and on JSTOR, for any kind of reference to a story about Curtana having been broken by an angel to prevent a wrongful killing, and so far I haven't found anything to corroborate this story even existing. Can anyone tell me where this came from or where to look to confirm that such a legend/myth was ever written? Corbmobile (talk) 00:19, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
I'm working on a thorough revision, both style and content. Besha 20:24, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm not going to edit it until I've done some research on the crown jewels and the historical Curtanas, but I doubt that Curtana can legitimately be called a type of sword; it's used consistently as a proper name, though it's applied to a few different swords.
I like the restructuring of the latest edit, Fastifex. Besha 16:42, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
- Thanks! I'm looking forward to the results of your original research, and hope to find some fascinating online source coming with it. Depending on what one understands by 'type', it's not at all unlikely that a same word is used both in a general sense (as the 1911 Britannica implies, being originally an anglicized form of a non-name) and, apparantly later, one or more famous ones, which become better-known, especially of the type as such becomes obsolete and/or is no longer commonly giventhe same appelation. Fastifex 06:42, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
- Research is, in this case, a fancy word for "looking at some publications on the Crown Jewels that are maddeningly vague about the origins of the swords and not really all that helpful." Besha 17:17, 20 April 2006 (UTC)
I've removed the reference to Ogier's Cortana being a character in Orlando Innamorato; can someone else verify it before I do? (Book I, Canto vii 1 & Book II Canto xxiii 47). Considering that the reference to the inscription was here incorrectly attached to the English Curtana, when it should have been with Ogier's, I am suspicious that this may also be inaccurate. Besha 17:14, 20 April 2006 (UTC)