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Playing and Creating With Jane

Spring is a time for gift giving in my family: birthdays, holidays, hostess thank you’s, and Mother’s Day gifts all enter into the equation. This is a perfect time to consider the bounty of choices in stores and online. Museum gift shops have been...
From: Jane Austen's World on 20 Apr 2022

Give a gift of love: Jane Austen’s illustrated novels

I own quite a few copies of each of Jane Austen’s novels. Many are annotated, some are old editions or designed for children. Others are illustrated with different artists, many of whom are well known. Most recently I purchased Sense and Sensibility...
From: Jane Austen's World on 3 Apr 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

‘The Best That Ever I Had’: Gifting a Medical Recipe in Early Modern Yorkshire

By Emma Marshall On 4th September 1700, the elderly gentlewoman Alice Thornton sat down to write to Lady Henrietta Maria Yarburgh. Both women lived in the East Riding of Yorkshire, but Thornton opened her letter by saying that she was ‘soe a great...
From: The Recipes Project on 13 May 2021

December 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “NEW-YEARS PRESENTS.” In the late colonial period, most advertisers did not prompt prospective customers to think of their merchandise in association with Christmas...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 Dec 2020

The Power of Gifts in Early Modern Convents

By Claire Walker, The University of Adelaide In my daughter’s bedroom there is a picture of Marlin, Nemo and Dory painted by a family friend for my son’s second or third birthday, and a carnival mask I purchased during a conference in Venice...
From: Histories of Emotion on 18 May 2018

Salem Tokens, and my appreciation

Periodically, but continually, I get tokens from readers of my blog—scanned pictures or stories from old magazines, little pamphlets, scraps of Salem history—which I place in a file for safekeeping with the intent that I will devote one post...
From: streets of salem on 13 Nov 2017

A Grandmother’s Gift

I’m almost done with a long stretch of rather intense work, obligations, and events, and feeling grateful to the friends and family who supported me while I was in the midst of it. I should feel grateful more often I think, and so I was trying...
From: streets of salem on 24 Jul 2017

Family, Friends and Gifts: Bess of Hardwick’s Correspondents

For today’s post, I’ve chosen four letters written to Bess of Hardwick by female relatives and friends of varying ages and status, revisiting the themes of material culture and gift-giving in Magdalen Lloyd’s letters but in a very different...
From: Early Modern Notes on 10 Mar 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Nomadic Objects: Material Circulations, Appropriations and the Formation of Identities in the Early Modern Period (16th-18th c.)

International Conference – March 2-4, 2017Musée National de la Renaissance (Écouen), Musée Cognac-Jay (Paris, 3e),Maison de la Recherche de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, 5e)This interdisciplinary conference,...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 2 Mar 2017

Happy New Year, early modern style!

  Dear readers, Happy 2017! For your reading pleasure in the first RECIRC blog post of the year, I’ve rounded up several examples of New Year-themed writings and related practices from the early modern period: epistolary exchanges, gift giving,...
From: RECIRC on 17 Jan 2017

January 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette (January 8, 1767).“Books for Children, very proper for Christmas and New Year’s Gifts.” John Mein made a fairly unique appeal to potential...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Jan 2017

Writing tables: or, making information management look good

While working at the Folger Shakespeare Library last September, I was surprised when, along with a manuscript, I also received a pair of white gloves. Although such gloves had been required in reading rooms decades ago, many research libraries...
From: RECIRC on 11 May 2016

Ye Olde Ask the Past Gift Guide

The Graphic (1874), The British Library Shopping got you down? Don't worry – the Past has done this before. Here assembled for your triumphant gift-giving is the wisdom of the ages (or at least the 19th century).Recipe for success: (1) spend...
From: Ask the Past on 15 Dec 2015

Revolutionary War History Geek Gift Guide 2015

We realize that finding the perfect Revolution-themed holiday gift is not easy. For the past three years Journal of the American Revolution has been guiding readers through the difficult process of finding gifts inspired by our nation’s...

Revolutionary War History Geek Gift Guide 2014

It’s that time of year again – time to find the perfect holiday gift for the history lover in your life, even if that person is you! Sharpen up your quill, mix up some ink powder, smooth out a new sheet of laid paper and start making out that list....

Ride the TITLE WAVE into the 17th century

Books by Eve LaPlante, David Teems, Francis Bremer, John Fox, and Nathaniel Philbrick.  There’s a vast crowd of enthusiasts reading and discussing everything medieval and renaissance. But time didn’t stop with Elizabeth Tudor’s death in 1603....
From: Hoydens and Firebrands on 18 Nov 2014

St. Edward the Confessor and Papal Gifts

Pope Francis wisely featured St. Edward the Confessor (in the center of the left half of the Wilton Diptych, behind Richard III) in his gifts to both Queen Elizabeth II and her great grandson Prince George. St. Edward is a shared saint between...

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