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The Working Man’s Robin Hood: The Writings of Allan Cunningham (1784–1842)

By Stephen Basdeo In 1832, the publisher Charles Knight had a bright idea: every Saturday he would publish a new magazine which whose aim was to educate working-class readers about their world. It would not contain news, and would therefore be exempt...

Æthelstan and Cnut – Emperors or Kings?

Should we consider the most ambitious Anglo-Saxon kings as reigning over ‘empires’, or are historians misusing that term? In his new article (now live on the Cerae website), Matt Firth examines ‘empires’ as a category...
From: CERAE Impressions: A Blog on 4 May 2019

No Longer a “Dark Age”: Susan Oosthuizen’s “The Emergence of the English” (2019)

By Stephen Basdeo Professor Susan Oosthuizen’s The Emergence of the English (2019) is a lively and engaging book which takes aim at many widely and long-held assumptions about the emergence of an “English” people in the British Isles...

Review: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War at the British Library

MGM, at its zenith in the 1940s, used to boast that it had more stars than there are in heaven on its roster. It’s a phrase that came back to me walking round the current, jaw-droppingly good exhibition at the British Library, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms:...
From: Mathew Lyons on 6 Dec 2018

The stories manuscript tell: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms is monumental. The British Library has become accustomed to putting on ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions that cram its gallery with items — and visitors — to the point of sensory overload: feasts for the eyes which...

Wat Tyler: 18th- & 19th-Century Literary Afterlives

“When Adam delved and Eve span, who then was the gentleman?” – John Ball, Radical Preacher, 14th Century Late fourteenth-century England had its fair share of problems: socio-economic tensions had been fuelled by the Black Death, and...

Review: Paul Kingsnorth’s “The Wake” (2014)

Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake (Manchester: Unbound, 2014) 372pp. PB £8.99 ISBN 978-1-78352-098-5 Although a review of this work has already been posted on the website of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, I am participating in a round...

Hollywood History: Richard the Lionheart

On Wednesday last week, Turner Classic Movies showed a series of Medieval swashbucklers (plus of a couple of outliers (set during the reigns of Charles II of England and of Philip II of Spain)--among them three featuring Richard the Lionheart: The Adventures...

Rediscovering the Collections… the Anglo-Saxons of Stratford-upon-Avon

Whilst looking through the archaeology, it has been amazing to see the number of objects which can be traced to a particular grave. In the past, detailed notes were not always taken in the way that archaeologists would do today, making it difficult sometimes...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 17 Oct 2014

Digging up the Collections…..The Romans of Stratford

Men working at one of the Tiddington excavations. From the archive at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust This week I have been rediscovering some of the hidden gems from Roman Tiddington. Shakespeare’s interest in the Romans is evident from his plays...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 5 Jun 2014

Rediscovering the Collection

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is known for its collections relating to Shakespeare, his life, times and legacy.  We talk a lot about Shakespeare’s Stratford but the town has existed as a settlement since the Iron Age and has had a rich and vibrant...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 16 May 2014

Laurence Nowell

The Nowell family were interlinked with various patrons and practitioners of literature and learning.  As discussed in 2007 in Wyman H. Herendeen’s biography of William Camden, Robert Nowell (d. 1569) was Attorney General of the Court of Wards; Alexander...
From: Sixteenth Century Scholars on 26 Mar 2014

The Anglo-Saxon Laws in Sixteenth Century Histories

The Early English Laws project based at the Institute of Historical Research and the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London has digitalised all English legal texts up to, and including the issuing of Magna Carta in 1215.  The project...
From: Sixteenth Century Scholars on 12 Mar 2014

The corruption of history I – The English Reformation and revised history

Aelfric’s Catholic Homilies (1060, Cotton MS Cleopatra B XIII f.13r) © British Library As the Reformation became more bloody and arguments more entrenched, an accusation was made by Protestant scholars that Roman Catholics had, over the centuries,...
From: Sixteenth Century Scholars on 12 Feb 2014

The 'She-Wolf' Aelfthryth, queen consort of Edgar I

Above: Edgar (c.943-975), king of England and husband of Aelfthryth.The infamous epithet 'she-wolf' as a term to denigrate and condemn controversial royal women who participated in domestic politics has most famously been associated with the fifteenth-century...
From: Conor Byrne on 15 Sep 2013

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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

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

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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.