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Galatea 101 #3

Bea Webster talks about the process of turning sixteenth-century English into British Sign Language and the creation of appropriate signs, the importance of a diverse rehearsal room, and what it’s like playing a character about to be sacrificed… Part...
From: Before Shakespeare on 19 Aug 2021

Galatea 101 #

Nadia Nadarajah and Brian Duffy tell us about their experiences working on the play Galatea, including translations into British Sign Language, exploring the character of the goddess Diana, and using physical communication and visual vernacular. The work...
From: Before Shakespeare on 19 Aug 2021


This week and next, Galatea is back on its feet once more! Now heading towards a production in collaboration with Wildworks, director and theatremaker Emma Frankland has gathered theatremakers at the 101 Outdoor Creation Space (made possible thanks to...
From: Before Shakespeare on 18 Aug 2021

A Collection of Art from Bengal via Berwickshire

Last month the Herald in Scotland reported on a collection of Indian art coming to the National Museums Scotland: Brought back from India in 1766, the collection, which features paintings and lacquer work, was formed by Captain Archibald Swinton while...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Jul 2021

The Mystery of “Our Old Friend”

Among the toasts at the Royal Welch Fusilier officers’ dinner on 1 Mar 1775 that I described back here was: “Our old friend.”Most of the toasts that day were to people or historical events. Though the allusions could be stark (“Plume of Feathers....
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Jun 2021

Founders Feeling Homesick—and Using That Word

At this posting earlier in the month, I said that the first documented use of the English word “homesickness” was in 1756 and that the adjective “homesick” followed. I was relying on Etymology Online, but that turns out to be mistaken. The Oxford...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Jun 2021

“Hardly men left enough to saddle their goat!”

Francis Grose (1731-1791, shown here) had a short career in the British army, filling the lowest officer’s rank of cornet during the 1740s. He later became a militia captain and adjutant. But his heart was in historical research. Grose, a hard-working...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Jun 2021

June 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Advertisements … are by him translated gratis.” When printer Henry Miller (Johann Heinrich Müller) moved to a new location in the spring of 1771, he placed advertisements...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Jun 2021

Nostalgia “a frequent disease in the American army”

The words “nostalgia” and “nostalgic” don’t appear in any of the letters and other sources available at Founders Online. But of course most of those writers weren’t physicians. American doctors did use the diagnosis of nostalgia, learning...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Jun 2021

A Mistaken Idea of Nostalgia’s Origin

As I discussed yesterday, in 1688 the medical school graduate Johannes Hofer (1669-1752) published a dissertation proposing a new diagnostic term: nostalgia. The symptoms of this condition, Hofer wrote, included: continued sadness, meditation only of...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Jun 2021

Adams on Ruggles on Young

On 8 Feb 1789, John Adams wrote to Dr. Benjamin Rush about the creation of Pennsylvania’s wartime constitution, which was too simple and radical for his tastes. Adams listed Dr. Thomas Young, whom he had known in Boston, as one of the four men principly...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Jun 2021

Dublin Seminar on Disabilities, 25-26 June

The 2021 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife will take place online on 25-26 June. This year’s theme is “Living with Disabilities in New England, 1630-1930.”The founder and longtime director of the Dublin Seminar, Peter Benes, passed away in...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 May 2021

“A conception that rivers were boundaries”?

In the Aacimotaatiiyankwi discussion of Little Turtle’s speech at the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, the scholars noted how that Myaamia (Miami) leader referred to the territory at stake. Hunter Lockwood: …one of the things I noticed about that...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 May 2021

Parsing Little Turtle’s Speech

Last month the Aacimotaatiiyankwi blog of the Myaamia (Miami) community shared an interesting conversation about the records from an 1795 treaty conference. Representatives of the Myaamia (Miami) and other Native nations and of the U.S. government met...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 May 2021

Immigration, Travel, and Social Mobility: TIDE and Middling Culture Case Studies

We are thrilled to host a blog written by members of the TIDE project. TIDE investigates “how mobility in the great age of travel and discovery shaped English perceptions of human identity based on cultural identification and difference.”...
From: Middling Culture on 11 May 2021

“Representing the General and Committees as a set of idiots”

As I related yesterday, in April 1775 the Massachusetts Provincial Congress’s committee of safety ordered Abijah Brown of Waltham to prepare three cannon for use. Then, about three weeks later, the congress ordered him to deliver those three guns...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 May 2021

The accomplished letter-writer; or, Universal correspondent

Title: The accomplished letter-writer; or, Universal correspondent. : Containing familiar letters on the most common occasions in life. Also a variety of more elegant letters for examples and improvement of style, from the best modern authors, together...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 7 Apr 2021

The Influence of a Stamp Act Cartoon

The more I thought about the British cartoon “The Deplorable State of America or S——ch Government,” shown above, the more I wondered about its influence on American politics. Scholars believe that this print, from an unknown artist,...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Mar 2021

February 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “All ADVERTISEMENTS … translated gratis.” Henry Miller (Johann Heinrich Muller) printed the Wochentliche Philadelphische Staatsbote from January 1762 through...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Feb 2021

What Frederick the Great Thought of Washington

The Bicentennial dubbed the time between the Continental Army’s expedition against Trenton on 25 Dec 1776 and the Battle of Princeton on 3 Jan 1777 the “ten crucial days” of the New Jersey campaign. More recently, William L. Kidder wrote...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Jan 2021

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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.