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Going for the burn – or the bounce

We’re used to doctors extolling the benefits of exercise today, but that recognition is not a modern phenomenon. Among the six ‘non-naturals’ of humoural thinking – diet, air, exercise, sleep, evacuations and the passions...

vfreie: An officer and a corporal buying saddle blankets, 1736...

vfreie: An officer and a corporal buying saddle blankets, 1736 - Illustration by Austrian artist Johann Franz Hörmannsperger (b. 1710) Source The everyday domestic scenes usually fascinate me much more than the portraits from the 18th century.

Now I can see where the Big Bad Wolf stories come from: sheep...

Now I can see where the Big Bad Wolf stories come from: sheep herding is anything but idyllic in this engraving. While the farmer’s dogs dispatch one wolf in the bottom of this frame, another wolf tears through the paddock fence. The engraver put quite...

Gout gets even

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to my article in April’s History Today on gout and its resurgence:

A tale of successful detection

Lady Elizabeth Hastings (1682–1739), known as Lady Betty,  daughter of the seventh Earl of Huntingdon,  lived at Ledston Hall in Castleford, Yorkshire. She never married (although her letters reveal many persistent suitors) and was a significant donor...

A begging letter

Portrait of Nicholas Lechmere Pateshall, William Pateshall (1779-1832) was the second son of Ann and Edmund Lechmere Pateshall, whose fourth son Nicholas is pictured above. This wealthy family lived at Allensmore Court, 4...

A few little wagers

Gambling was a popular activity in the eighteenth century, and some of the sums involved are staggering. I recently came across an example of someone using it almost as a means of making money, since the outcome was much more in his own hands than on...

Here comes the sun

To celebrate the brief appearance of the sun, these short verses were found on a tiny piece of paper in an anonymous eighteenth-century recipe book: Written upon a sun dial Thus steals the silent hours away The sun thus hastens to the sea And men to mingle...

Fancy a takeaway?

Recipes for that Friday-night special the curry were quite common in manuscripts in the second half of the eighteenth century; Hannah Glasse included a recipe for a very mild curry in her printed recipe book in 1751. But other influences from the East...

Quaking pudding

This classic Elizabethan dessert was so called because ‘if it be rite it will shake like jelly’ and was a little like a panna cotta or a bread pudding. The original cooking method sounds quite tricky, as the ingredients were tied in a cloth...

All I want for Christmas

For Stir-Up Sunday, here are some early Christmas recipes. The first is for plum pudding; Christmas pudding probably didn’t make an appearance as a name until Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery for Private Families in 1845. The first is probably...

Straight from the cow

Syllabub (or sillabub, and other variants) had been known in England since the sixteenth century, but by the eighteenth century this alcoholic dessert had become particularly popular, especially in its whipped variety. Mrs Raikes’ ‘Everlasting...

Gilding the gingerbread

Advertisement from Daily Journal, October 9, 1727 Gingerbread has been a favourite confection since at least mediaeval times. One can find frequent references to the occupation of gingerbread bakers or gingerbread women, whose wares were sold from shops,...

Do It Yourself: Tooth powder

Oral hygiene is so much a part of most people’s lives today that we rarely give a thought to what we’re cleaning our teeth with. Advertisements for tooth powder can be found from the early eighteenth century, although with extravagant claims...

Do It Yourself: Vinegar

For the latest in this series of recipes for products we normally wouldn’t make today, I thought I’d take a look at vinegar. A versatile liquid, vinegar was used for preserving, in medicines and for cleaning, as well as for disguising smells...

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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Caveats and Work in Progress

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This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

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In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.