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NIU HGSA Conference Call for Papers

The History Graduate Student Association at Northern Illinois University is organizing its 13th annual HGSA Conference on the theme of Constructing History through the Prism of Perspective, Identity, and Memory. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the...

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

It is more important than ever to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year and to remember his vital work for racial equality and social justice. The killing of George Floyd and so many other African Americans over the past year has underscored...

The Sun Center Publishing Co?

I stumbled across a letter (ok, more accurately put: I stumbled across a scan of a letter) from 1911 sent to a R. A. Bell in Montana: This brief note suggests so many interesting projects, not the least of which is: What on earth was this course, New...
From: Darin Hayton on 4 Jan 2021

Ten Favorite Reads of

Despite the trauma of the pandemic (or maybe because of it), 2020 turned out to be an amazing year of reading for me. I managed to finish 44 books by the end of December, a personal record since I began keeping track in 2012 (you can see my yearly lists...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 4 Jan 2021

Art & Fear & Columbus

Perhaps surprisingly, perhaps not, Art & Fear. Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by Bayles and Orland contains a lot of useful information for professors and teachers and anybody trying to encourage others to think and express...
From: Darin Hayton on 10 Dec 2020

Dress UP Salem

Maybe you’ve seen this week’s New Yorker cover: a woman in her apartment on her computer, presumably in a Zoom meeting. She’s wearing a lovely blouse, earrings, and lipstick and her hair looks great, so all “above”...
From: streets of salem on 5 Dec 2020

Why Read Historical Fiction Set in Sixteenth Century France? Reason #1

Over the past few weeks, we've examined ESCAPE, RELEVANCE, DRAMA, EMOTION, GLITZ, HISTORY, FRANCE, CHATEAUX and LITERARY LINEAGE as reasons to read historical fiction set in sixteenth century France. All of these contribute, in their own way, to our culminating...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 11 Nov 2020

Deviation, Discovery and Donors: my Last Word on the PEM’s Phillips Library

A big week—was there an election?—as the official judgement from the Massachusetts Judicial Court came down regarding the movement of the Phillips Library to a remote Collection Center by the Peabody Essex Museum in response to the latter’s...
From: streets of salem on 5 Nov 2020

Netflix’s Barbarians Series and German History

A new Netflix series, entitled Barbarians, depicts warfare between the Roman Empire and Germanic peoples, culminating in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest. According to The New York Times, “German nationalists, including the Nazis, have used the...

Teach My Research: Jesuits and Demons in New France

Mairi Cowan [Teach My Research is an occasional series at Borealia to help connect research and teaching, putting the latest scholarship on early Canadian history–Indigenous, French, British, or early national, to about 1900–into our...
From: Borealia on 26 Oct 2020

Why Read Historical Fiction Set in Sixteenth Century France? Reason #9

Two reasons left! As a literature professor as well as a writer, I hold this one close to my heart.Reason #9--LITERARY LINEAGECurrent historical fiction set in sixteenth century France participates in a rich tradition stretching back to the seventeenth...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 23 Oct 2020

Why Read Historical Fiction Set in Sixteenth Century France? Reason #8

The next reason I'll propose for reading historical fiction set in sixteenth century France is a corollary of Reason #7--FRANCE, but one that merits its own mention...Reason #8--CHATEAUXFrance's scenic countryside is dotted with thousands of castles....
From: Writing the Renaissance on 20 Oct 2020

Why Read Historical Fiction Set in Sixteenth Century France? Reason #7

Today's reason almost goes without saying...Reason #7--FRANCEFrance is the most popular travel destination in the world, visited by 89 million foreign tourists in 2018 alone. The country's vineyards beaches mountainsand vibrant cities tug...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 17 Oct 2020

Why Read Historical Fiction Set in Sixteenth Century France? Reason #6

ESCAPE, RELEVANCE, DRAMA, EMOTION, GLITZ are the factors we've examined so far. Now it's time for one that, though obvious, nevertheless deserves attention...Reason #6--HISTORYIn today's educational landscape, the study of history hardly occupies a prominent...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 12 Oct 2020

Artemisia Gentileschi Exhibition in London

A major exhibition on Artemisia Gentileschi’s paintings just opened at the National Gallery in London. The New York Times reports: “The National Gallery opted for a one-word title for its new blockbuster show: ‘Artemisia.’...

Anna Belfrage’s ‘Glory and Gore’ Blog Event

Acclaimed historical fiction author Anna Belfrage kindly invited me on a blog event entitled, ‘Glory and Gore: The Dichotomy of the Glorious 17th Century’, and I’m honoured to have been the first guest in her line-up! Other authors of...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 5 Oct 2020

Why Read Historical Fiction Set in Sixteenth Century France? Reason #4

ESCAPE, RELEVANCE, and DRAMA--these are the reasons I've examined so far to promote historical fiction set in what scholars call the "Early Modern" era. Today, we'll talk about...Reason #4: EMOTIONAlthough manners and mores have changed over the centuries,...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 2 Oct 2020

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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.