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Records and Reminiscences: Some Interesting Aspects of Chiquart’s Du fait de cuisine (1420)

By Sarah Peters Kernan With the holiday season behind me, I am already reminiscing about my family’s recent celebrations and thinking ahead to next year. I have gathered recipes I would like to try next year, made notes about recipes that worked...
From: The Recipes Project on 18 Jan 2018

Queenship in England

Happy New Year! I am delighted to inform you that my new book, Queenship in England, will be published on 12 January 2017 by MadeGlobal. The book is currently available on Amazon to preorder on Kindle, and will be available soon in paperback. You can...
From: Conor Byrne on 4 Jan 2017

New Resource for Late Medieval English Magic

By Laura Mitchell Late Medieval English Magic: English Manuscripts Containing 15th-century Magical Texts is a project born out of the dissertation research I conducted at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto. I undertook a survey of...
From: The Recipes Project on 20 May 2014

The Independent Scholar- Italian Voices and Desperately Seeking EEBO

Gordon Square- Eagle Clawed Virginia Wolfe puns are too tempting to resist Well, maybe I flatter myself with the slightly pompous “Independent Scholar” sobriquet. Amateur historian perhaps? Historical blogger? Semi-trained historical layman?...
From: The Eagle Clawed Wolfe on 18 Mar 2014

Medieval Makeup ‘Artists’. Painting Wood and Skin

by Marjolijn Bol What there is stays the same. That she can never change.                                                      … Continue reading →
From: The Recipes Project on 18 Feb 2014

Medieval Fertility and Pregnancy Tests

By Catherine Rider Tests are a familiar part of modern pregnancy.  There are tests to show if a woman is pregnant and track the progress of the pregnancy, often revealing in the process whether she is expecting a boy or … Continue reading →
From: The Recipes Project on 8 Aug 2013

A Brief History of Old Men (and Women) Part One: Steel Bonnets on Grey Pates

If you will forgive the vagueness of this anecdote, there were two women on television, one a BBC presenter, the other a historian who should have known better (it may have been Bethany Hughes, who I rather like, so my apologies if I calumnise her). They...
From: The Eagle Clawed Wolfe on 12 May 2013

Gender and Political Culture 1400-1800 Conference

Gender and Political Culture 1400-1800 Conference Gender and Political Culture 1400-1800 is a conference to be held at the University of Plymouth 29-31 August 2013. Confirmed keynote speaker are: Professor Barbara J. Harris (University of North Carolina,...
From: 17thC on 20 Mar 2013

Gunpowder, treason, and plot? Not quite.

In keeping with the theme of my previous post, I wanted to look at another of the numerous trick recipes I’ve come across. The topic I’ve chosen for this post is rather less rude than the last one, however. In late medieval books of secrets and recipe...
From: The Recipes Project on 23 Jan 2013

Cesare Borgia and the Great Pox

Cesare Borgia by Altobello MeloneOne of the most well known facts about Cesare Borgia, aside from the fact that he was a bit (a lot) of a sociopath who seemed to enjoy having people killed, is that he suffered from Syphilis and often tended to go about...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 6 Jan 2013

A Spaniard in Samarkand, 1404

Special note: an earlier version of this post appeared on a new blog I helped develop in partnership with Not Even Past of the University of Texas at Austin and Origins (Ohio State University). Check it out here: On...
From: Res Obscura on 23 Oct 2012

“And it is a marvellous thing”: The Lighter Side of Magic

By Laura Mitchell In my last post I discussed the line between healing charms and recipes in fifteenth-century recipe collections and how the line between charm and recipe could blur. Healing charms, however, are obviously not the only kind of charm that...
From: The Recipes Project on 23 Oct 2012

Caterina Sforza Part 4 - 1488: The Death of Girolamo Riario

San Mercuriale, ForliIn May 1487, Caterina Sforza began to take the reigns of power. Her husband had suddenly been taken ill with a mysterious illness and as he lay in his sick bed she had to govern Forli and Imola in his stead. Yet Caterina had to watch...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 19 Oct 2012

Caterina Sforza Part 3 - Countess of Forli

The fortress of Ravaldino, ForliWhen Giralomo Riario and his wife Caterina Sforza were given the town of Forli, trouble was already brewing. The town itself had been politically unstable for over 500 years and was still subject to bitter rivalries, battles...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 14 Oct 2012

Caterina Sforza Part 2 - The Rome Years

Gina McKee as Caterina Sforza in The BorgiasAs Caterina left her childhood home of Milan, she was accompanied on her way to Rome by a lavish parade. Caterina had brought with her 40 relatives and servants, and her new husband Giralomo Riaro added a considerable...
From: Loyalty Binds Me on 5 Oct 2012

Magic or Medicine? Healing Charms in Fifteenth-Century English Recipe Collections

By Laura Mitchell Charms can be found in all manner of medieval manuscripts, scrawled in the margins or added (seemingly at random) on blank pages and in the flyleaves. Usually they were simply stuck in some place convenient by someone who thought they...
From: The Recipes Project on 13 Sep 2012

Notes on Post Tags Search

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.