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The Week in Academic Gossip

The academic world can sometimes be a strange old world. Often the people running an institutions official Twitter account (or an account associated with an institution) might get carried away and accidentally libel someone. A professor might get dis-invited...

October 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Said Report is FALSE.” In late October 1770, Richard Clark, a watch- and clockmaker, took to the pages of the South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal to address...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Oct 2020

Midwives and Gossips

Tuesday 5 May 2020 is International Day of the Midwife, which falls during the World Health Organisation’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife making it a double celebration. Midwifery and childbirth is something we’ve discussed a few times on this...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 5 May 2020

September 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? New-York Journal (September 8, 1768).“He has been mistaken for a Dancing-Master, whose Behaviour to his Scholars gave just Offence.” Peter Vianey needed to do some...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Sep 2018

Gawker, Gossip, and the General Advertiser

I can’t say that I was ever the most avid reader, or the biggest fan, of Gawker. But as the trenchant news website was forced to shut down this week as the result of the combined forces of Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan, I realized that I was being...
From: The Junto on 25 Aug 2016


What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago this week? Newport Mercury (July 21, 1766).Mary Cowley was the subject of some gossip by “Envious or Prejudiced” residents of Newport. She placed this advertisement in part to promote...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Jul 2016

Six old women discussing their cats

 Two rows of women quarter-length and in profile, some cradling cats in their arms, with captions inscribed in ink near each figure: This is my Queensbury the finest Tom Cat in England; I’m going to see Arabella’s catery she had two...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 8 Apr 2014

Alexander Hamilton's Adultery and Apology

From the Smithsonian Magazine July 25, 2013Alexander Hamilton (1755 or 1757-1804) by John Trumbull  1806In the summer of 1791, Alexander Hamilton received a visitor.Maria Reynolds, a 23-year-old blonde, came to Hamilton’s Philadelphia residence...
From: 18th-century American Women on 6 Oct 2013

The c17th Carrie Bradshaw?

The tendency of women to gossip about their sex lives with their friends has set men a-fretting for centuries. Far from being a phenomenon of the ‘Sex & the City’ era, women of the seventeenth century were just as likely to have intimate...
From: The History of Love on 30 Sep 2013

Shakespeare’s World in 100 objects: Number 79, a Glass ‘Gossip’s Bowl’?

Today’s blog is by Victoria Jackson, Doctoral Researcher in the History Department at Birmingham. Victoria takes a look at a Glass Bowl which may or may not have been a ‘Gossip’s Bowl’! A Glass ‘Gossip’s Bowl’?   An Elizabethan...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 14 Jun 2013

Your One and Only Source into the Scandalous Lives of London’s Elite: Evelina

Frances Burney’s Evelina takes an interesting perspective on the elite society of London. In reference to the chosen title, after reading a few pages of Evelina, the television series Gossip Girl came to mind. For those of you who are aware of the...
From: Women Writers, 1660-1800 on 25 Mar 2013

Taylor Swift is the New Elizabeth Hands

The poem “On the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant Maid” is the discourse between a group of upper class women discussing a maid’s written work in the paper. Gossip,...
From: Women Writers, 1660-1800 on 21 Feb 2013

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.