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A look ahead to… 15

It is that time of year when people like to look ahead at the year to come. As an alternative, I thought that I would take a look at what we can expect in terms of 500yr anniversaries of English events. By the standards of Henry VIII’s reign, 1522 was...
From: Kirsten Claiden-Yardley on 13 Jan 2022

5 (Tudor) gift ideas

Image: Alhill42 CC BY-SA 4.0 It is the time of year when many people’s thoughts turn to buying Christmas gifts, but what would your shopping have looked like if you were buying in 1521? Here are some ideas for your perfect Tudor Christmas* gifts…....
From: Kirsten Claiden-Yardley on 10 Dec 2021


Although there are certain aspects of my job that I am less than happy about, I have to admit that it has brought me opportunities that even a few years ago I would have found difficult to imagine. Many of these revolve around the chance to travel to...
From: Early Modern Ballads on 19 Jul 2019

Bullet Journalling and Blogger Love

Fig. 1: She's ambidextrous and loving it💙💚💛💜  Blogger LoveI've always thought that it is important to get out of my little blog bubble and connect with other bloggers, so in the interests of being healthy and...
From: The Early Modern World on 25 May 2018

Lancaster Castle

Back in February, as part of the Embodiment and New Materialism conference in Lancaster, I was part of a drama workshop which took place in Lancaster Castle.  It was somewhere that I’d been intending to visit for a long time, but had somehow...
From: Early Modern Ballads on 3 May 2017

Academics with chameleons

I don’t spend a lot of time on Twitter, but I have noticed the hashtag ‘academics with cats’.  Cats are a big thing on Twitter. Personally, I’m not keen on cats – they interfere with the birds and shrews in my garden...
From: Early Modern Ballads on 24 Mar 2017

Summer holidays with history

After being rather unwell at the beginning of 2016, I decided that this summer I would spend as much time on holiday as I could.  This was only made possible by the fact that we have access to a caravan that is currently in Oban, and we have a trailer...
From: Early Modern Ballads on 9 Sep 2016

Design your own Coiffure

Have a good chunk of time on your hands?  No?  Well you may find yourself going to this link anyway.  The V&A have developed a new distraction game in which you can design your own eighteenth-century wig.  You've been warned.You...

Sailor Moon in the 18th Century

Ereya. 18th Century Sailor Moon. 2012. Digital painting. 590 x 675 px. DeviantArt. <> accessed 15 Feb. 2015.This is totally just for fun but here we have a portrait of .... Sailor Moon in the 18th century!  It came up in...

Happy Spring: 18th century fashion, floral fragrances and some recipes to try

It is (finally) a very warm day in NYC and I can't help but think spring.  I hope everyone else is getting nicer weather and ready for flowers and sunny days.  Here are some links to kick off this very springy weekend!Springy RoundupThe Grand...

18th Century Landscapes and a Modern Skirt

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French. Blindman's Buff. Probably c. 1765, oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) Local designer she&reverie continue to be inspired by the 18th century, its fashions, gardens and popular genre paintings....

Spring Cleaning: Part 2

In which I try to organize my home the Konmari way. And omg clothes.Library Journal had a fun review of The Life-changing magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo.  As I am on a spring cleaning kick, I thought...

Spring Cleaning Part 1...Is it spring yet??

Spring is on its way, or at least I am desperately wishing for it to arrive.  The weather in NY has been slightly warmer but we still have plenty of snow and ice in the mornings. I have resorted to pulling out my favorite springtime candles and just...

Happy Halloween! Fun tips for dressing up in 18th-century fashion

Bail, Franck-Antoine, Cutting the Pumpkin. 1910, oil on canvas. Private Collection. Bridgeman Education. Happy Halloween! What are your plans for this weekend? Anyone dressing up? I was invited to one party but still have no costume sorted out. I...

Music to work with! New Playlists and 18th Century Music for Writing, Studying and Research

I love working from home because I always feel so productive! Also - I can actually play music out loud or use headphones if needed! It is also a must when blogging. Music just helps me work. I have even started listening to certain soundtracks when reading,...

A Downton Abbey Experience: Lady Mary's Necklace or Lessons from the Butler

In case you haven't made a journey to Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey) yet or you just need a serious Downton fix - Christies is auctioning off real Downton Abbey experiences this August! For example, you can learn how to set the table with a...

Beautiful Marie Antoinette and 18th century inspired Bridal Shower

What happens when an artist / art historian / blogger needs a fitting bridal shower? Well I have no problems saying that this bridal shower is everything I would have envisioned for myself, thanks to some amazing bridesmaids and my mom. They are not only...

Ladies in Costume: Advice from the Guide

I am going to assume that you are all getting dressed up to the nines, in your most fabulous 18th century garb tonight, if only to hit up your favorite pub or go to a fancy ball your best friend is throwing at his/her mansion. Who knows! In any case I...

Help renovate an historic church into an arts exhibition space #arts #architecture

Vintage postcard of the church. Interested in the arts? This campaign is close to home for me.  Woodside is a lovely historic Neo-gothic stone church in  historic Troy, NY.  Isn't it just beautiful??It has cool history too- In 1860 Henry...

Some 18th century beauty tips (just for fun!)

18th century beauty tips based on A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer. You always want to make sure your look works in print, and above all, elegant. Be the star of the room, catch everyone's attention! Wash the face...

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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.