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History of the British Aristocracy: Part One (1849) | Anonymous

The following first chapter in the history of the aristocracy, titled ‘The Aristocracy: Its Origin, Progress, and Decay’, was written anonymously by someone named “Alpha,” and was subsequently published in Reynolds’s Political Instructor in...

On Juliet, matrons, and apostrophe

“Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds, / Toward Phoebus’ lodging; such a waggoner / As Phaeton would whip you to the west, / And bring in cloudy night immediately.” (R&J, 3.2.1-4) I spent the past week working through Juliet’s...
From: Thinking in Arden on 19 Dec 2020

The Clerical Alphabet: Problems in Austen’s Church of England By Brenda S. Co

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.”—Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park Richard Newton’s “Clerical Alphabet” satirizes the English...
From: Jane Austen's World on 9 Jul 2020

Review of Alphaville: Live at the Whisky a Go Go. From Hollywood with Love (2018)

Alphaville's two-night extravanganza at the Whisky a Go Go makes a late but compelling case that they are much more than a synth-pop band. … More Review of Alphaville: Live at the Whisky a Go Go. From Hollywood with Love (2018)
From: Writing Privacy on 23 Feb 2019

‘Une encyclopédie de ma façon’: le chef-d’œuvre méconnu de Voltaire

Voltaire a toujours soutenu la grande entreprise collective de l’Encyclopédie dirigée par D’Alembert et Diderot (consulter cet ouvrage en français ou en anglais). Il a rédigé une quarantaine d’articles...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 5 Oct 2018

Talk to the Scholar (Book)

I have worked on more than fascinating projects this term (besides teaching and administrative duties), all of which may deserve a different post. We worked pretty much with more down than ups on re-establishing Digital Humanities MA programmes in Hungary....
From: Tudor and other studies on 19 Apr 2018

Les manuscrits à la VF: découvertes et partage

Début de la copie de l’article ‘Assassins section 2de’ (Voltaire Foundation: ms.73 [Lespinasse 3], p.14).Une petite armoire à la Voltaire Foundation abrite une collection modeste de manuscrits dont la plupart datent du...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 28 Mar 2018

Arrows of Peace: An Epilogue, 2017

2017 had a bit of everything – old, new, borrowed and blue. In the end, it left me in a much better place. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 28 Jan 2018

Review of Alphaville, Strange Attractor (2017)

"A committed attempt to add something different to the pop landscape." A review of Alphaville's latest album, Strange Attractor (Universal, 2017). Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 11 Apr 2017

The Order of Things (2)

By Saskia Klerk, with Sietske Fransen. Over a year ago, Sietske and I started our ongoing series on a Dutch recipe collection BPL 3603, kept in the Leiden UL. We have already learned much about the manuscript and its compiler from examining a number...
From: The Recipes Project on 23 Feb 2017

Create Chaos to Find Quiet: An Epilogue, 2016

It’s not often that I greet New Year with indifference. On the contrary, I’m notorious for indulging in it. But a change of attitude is exactly what’s needed - so let's begin. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 11 Jan 2017

Voltaire editor, edited and re-edited

The first posthumous edition of Voltaire’s complete works, printed in Kehl in 1784 and financed by Beaumarchais, was recently the subject of a 900-page thesis (Linda Gil, Paris-Sorbonne, 2014). The latest volume of the Œuvres complètes...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 7 Nov 2016

Early Modern Alphabet: L

I haven't blogged in ages because I've been busy, but I'd like to start doing a few posts again so I thought I'd start with something easy :) I did have a grand idea (once upon a time) of blogging the Early Modern Alphabet using letters that I come across...
From: The Early Modern World on 8 Apr 2016


Pour la France, et pour Paris en particulier, l’année 2015 se sera terminée aussi douloureusement qu’elle avait commencé. Il nous a paru opportun, pour cette dernière livraison avant le nouvel an, de revenir sur...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 21 Dec 2015

Do public wars require private obstinacy? Mourning for Paris

ISIL is waging a very 'public' war. Many friends of mine have commented, engaged in debate, and adopted a French flag profile overlay in support of the Paris attacks. Regrettably, I'm abstaining. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 14 Nov 2015

Want a really authentic Shakespeare experience? Try not understanding some words!

At our recent Back-to-School Night, the parent of a former student wanted to know what I thought of a recent article he’d read about whether Shakespeare’s language should be translated “into English.” I hadn’t read the article...
From: Thinking in Arden on 8 Oct 2015

Overcoming procrastination--what we can learn from rats

What's he waiting for? A few weeks ago, I received my editor's notes for A Death Along the River Fleet. As always, the comments were insightful and thorough, but not particularly hard to address or to think through.And yet I found myself wanting to do...
From: Susanna Calkins, Author on 17 Sep 2015

Finite Fortunes: An Epilogue, 2014

2014 had all the ingredients to be the best year I’ve ever had. That it turned out to be one of the worst is quite remarkable. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 9 Feb 2015

Architectural Alphabets

Architecture and Alphabets: two of my favorite things, together. I’ve been meaning to post some images from Jean Baptiste de Pian’s clever alphabet ever since I discovered it a year or so ago, but just never got to it. There’s already...
From: streets of salem on 12 Nov 2014

How to Handle Books, 1345

Yale, Beinecke Marston MS 67, f. 66r"And in the first place as to the opening and closing of books, let there be due moderation, that they be not unclasped in precipitate haste, nor when we have finished our inspection be put away without being duly closed....
From: Ask the Past on 27 Jan 2014

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By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

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

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

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

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

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.