Keith; seriously mate, leave it. They really aren't worth it. Step back and look at 'em. Purblind imbeciles every one; convinced of their own rectitude while they put their hands over their ears and go "la la la" as loudly as they can. The puerile insults, the venom and the sheer unpleasantness of the comments must make you realise you're dealing with idiots. To quote GBS, don't wrestle with pigs. You get dirty and they enjoy it.
Get yourself above the line and leave the BS to the ignorant and the childish. Any sane and sensible person knows you're right - but stay here and you're just wasting your energy swatting mosquitoes. No matter how many books or papers you reference, someone will come back with "Yeah, but you smell and your mum does too". It really isn't worth a tuppeny damn. After all, it's not as if anyone with a serious interest in history would turn to the Mudcat for enlightenment. Would anyone honestly expect to see a thread here referenced in any other than a musical context?
Anyway, time for me to go back to lurking for another few years until the present crop of yahoos and trolls moves on.