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Madame Blavatsky, WB Yeats and the Theosophical Society

The problem with theosophy, WB Yeats said, was that its followers wanted to turn a good philosophy into a bad religion. Its founder, Madame Blavatsky, seems to have agreed. “There are about half a dozen real theosophists in the world,” she told the...
From: Mathew Lyons on 8 Jul 2021

Francis Bacon, The Essays and Councils, Civil and Moral (1664)

An early inscription on the title page reads: “taken out of his parti[…?]n of scienc[…?] 2d: 2ii–“Francis Bacon’s Essays was one of the polymath’s most popular works, reprinted in over fifty separate English-language...

Edward Reynolds, A Treatise of the Passions and Faculties of the Soul of Man (1656); Ben Jonson, The Works (1692)

One of the aims of Early Modern Female Book Ownership is to document women owners in the hope of discerning patterns of ownership, whether broader or localized to an individual. In Katherine Blount’s case, I had drafted a post in spring 2019 about...

The OED maketh an exact man

“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” So writes Sir Francis Bacon in his essay “Of Studies” (1597). What exactly he means by this three-part aphorism is unclear, so let’s focus just...
From: Michael Ullyot on 16 Jan 2019

Statistics, Power, and Expertise

When we think of knowledge in the context of government, we often think of statistics. In fact, it’s arguable that statistics are not merely an especially prominent form of politically useful knowledge, but that their increasing use, starting in...
From: memorious on 26 Jan 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Truth, Certainty and Toleration: a conference on Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1582-1648)

University of York, 13-14th May 2016Herbert of Cherbury is, today, an under-rated philosopher. However, his main work of philosophy, De veritate (1624) was an internationally influential book in its time, as were his writings on religion De religione...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 13 May 2016

Networking Recipe Writers with “Networking Early Modern Women”

By Melissa Schultheis There are few events that could put me to work before 8 A.M. on a Saturday with a smile on my face, but Networking Early Modern Women was certainly one of them. Networking Women and the subsequent “add-a-thon” trained...
From: The Recipes Project on 16 Feb 2016

Looking to the Edge, or Networking Early Modern Women

It all started when someone noticed a blog post on Anglo-Saxonist Allen J Frantzen's website titled "How to Fight Your Way Out of a Feminist Fog"...
From: The Sloane Letters Blog on 31 Jan 2016

Exploring Six Degrees of Francis Bacon in Beta

By Hillary Nunn Since the beta version of Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (SDFB) debuted in September, users have been joyfully exploring early modern social networks with the interface’s easy-to-use tools and color-coded illustrations. The much anticipated...
From: The Recipes Project on 6 Oct 2015

Harvest time in Shakespeare’s England

A detail from Breughel’s The Hay Harvest For once the English summer hasn’t let us down and until the last few days we’ve enjoyed weeks of fine, warm weather. August is harvest-time. In The Tempest, Shakespeare writes of the “sunburnt...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 11 Aug 2014

Sound advice from the 17th century

For a long time now I’ve been interested in the ways in which the worlds of Restoration experimental philosophy and Restoration trade and other economic activities came into contact. The early Fellows of the Royal Society were adamant that their research...
From: Robert Hooke's London on 30 Nov 2013

Commonplace Books: A Classroom Introduction

Leading up to the start of term, I have been preparing some materials for a class I will be teaching on early modern literature.  Although everybody takes notes when they are reading, I thought it might be interesting to follow the lead of others who...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 29 Aug 2013

Of Francis Bacon’s garden and the “local” moral emblem

The essayist, moral philosopher, and statesman Francis Bacon claims that gardens are “the purest of human pleasures” (430).  In the essay “Of Gardens”, he details the varying perfumes of flowers and the planting of trees, “wild...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 3 Mar 2013

Getting inventive in Shakespeare’s England

Plate from Mathew Baker’s book BBC 2 is currently screening a season, Genius of Invention, accompanied by a listing of 50 Great British Inventions. But although these include the obvious (steam and jet engine) and the quirky (soda water, baby buggy),...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 28 Jan 2013

Sixteenth Century Quote of the Week

"God Almighty first planted a garden; and indeed it is the purest of human pleasures." Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English philosopher, statesman, and scientist "On Gardens" in The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral, by Francis ld. Verulam...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 16 Nov 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.