e collegio D. Catharinæ, eligit Honoratissimum Virum Dominum Sainsbury de Turville in Cancellarium hujus academiæ
|17 September 2014|
"How can you read an encyclopaedia at a time like this?"
A five year old vandalism revert
On 19 September 2005, IP user 126.96.36.199 added to List of Latin phrases, in relation to the term ecce homo: "Oscar Wilde thus opened his defense on trial for sodomy, characteristically using a well known Biblical reference as a double entendre." After some re-editing the claim was still there until 26 November 2010.
Nice try. The three trials (Wilde's libel prosecution of Marquess of Queensberry, an aborted first trial for gross indecency, and the second trial in which he was convicted) were recorded in shorthand at the time and the shorthand record was then written up and published for the Notable British Trials series in June 1948. A fuller record of the libel trial was discovered much later and published as 'The Irish Peacock and the Scarlet Marquess' in 2003. This statement appears nowhere in any of the trials. Nor does any book about the trial or about Oscar Wilde mention it.
It must be remembered, first, that Oscar Wilde was represented by counsel at his trial, not appearing in person, so he made no speech; he went into the witness box to be examined and cross-examined, but that was to answer questions. It must also be remembered that the term 'homosexual' was in 1895 a relatively new one: it had been coined in 1869 but was confined to academic books (mostly in German) until the 20th century. The libel which Wilde took action over described him as a 'somdomite' (Queensberry misspelling 'sodomite' due to his anger), and that was the usual term.
This was, in short, really a piece of vandalism (possibly from an Uncyclopedia user?) which amazingly managed to last five years before detection.
Prosopography target list
Please note that I am not "reserving" these articles for me to create; feel free to write them yourself. It is just a way of focusing my attention and reminding me of what needs to be done.
Articles I would like to write or expand some day
- Crown Agents
- History of Parliament / History of Parliament Trust
- Lawless v Ireland, the first case heard by the European Court of Human Rights
Sir Frank Newsamsubstantially completed
- Montagu Norman, 1st Baron Norman
- Notable British Trials series
- John Poulson
- Evelyn Sharp, Baroness Sharp
- Jim Slater
- Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden
- Women in the British House of Commons - was an astonishing omission
The twenty former MPs whose service dates back the furthest are:
|Rank||Member||Date of first election|
|1||John Freeman||26 July 1945|
|2||Denis Healey||7 February 1952|
|3||Roy Mason||31 March 1953|
|4||John Eden||18 February 1954|
|5||James Ramsden||11 March 1954|
|6||Lord Balniel||26 May 1955|
|7||Robin Chichester-Clark||26 May 1955|
|8||Sir Richard Body||26 May 1955|
|9||Tom Mitchell||26 May 1955 (did not take the oath)|
|10||Edward du Cann||14 February 1956|
|11||Philip Goodhart||21 March 1957|
|12||Dr Alan Thompson||8 October 1959|
|13||Jeremy Thorpe||8 October 1959|
|14||Clive Bossom||8 October 1959|
|15||Sir John Wells||8 October 1959|
|16||John Morris||8 October 1959|
|17||James Prior||8 October 1959|
|18||John Hollingworth||8 October 1959|
|19||Timothy Kitson||8 October 1959|
|20||Dudley Smith||8 October 1959|
Note that ties are broken by an examination of which MP took the oath of allegiance first. Thanks to Timrollpickering for this suggestion.
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|I, Chrislk02, award you this barnstar for calming down with the recomended cup of tea when I got a little heated at WP:RFCN. It was very much appreciated. -- Chrislk02 (Chris Kreider) 20:37, 26 February 2007 (UTC)|
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|In recognition of your excellent anti-vandalism efforts, I award you this anti-vandal barnstar. Happy editing and keep up the great work! Lradrama 19:40, 6 October 2007 (UTC)|
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|Awarded to Sam Blacketer (rather belatedly) for his exceptional contributions to Did You Know? Thanks to your efforts, dozens of MPs not only have articles, but quite good ones, and its efforts like yours that help Wikipedia excel above and beyond. Keep up the good work! --JayHenry 23:55, 4 November 2007 (UTC)|
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|Thanks a lot for dealing with that IP on The Wave (board). It was almost blocked instantly after my AIV report. STORMTRACKER 94 22:03, 27 November 2007 (UTC)|
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|I present this barnstar to you for working to successfully close Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/C68-FM-SV. NE2 06:41, 25 September 2008 (UTC)|