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Isabella Byron: the ale-drinking, toyboy-chasing 18th-century countess

NEW VIDEO UP! Meet the irresistible Isabella Byron – ale drinker, poet, toyboy chaser & strategic swooner extraordinaire Travelled Europe with a conman Spent her 50s dancing in moonlit French meadows Addicted to love #HouseOfByron...
From: The History of Love on 12 Apr 2020

William, the ‘Wicked Lord’ Byron – actress abducter & cowardly killer?

Dearest readers, A new video is UP! See below for a quick intro to the angry, dissipated career of William, 5th Lord Byron – known to history as ‘the Wicked Lord’ or ‘Devil Byron’/ Features actress abduction, a wolf, &...
From: The History of Love on 10 Apr 2020

How to have a historically accurate lovers’ tiff

Some fiery couples just bloody love a good argument. In case you fall into this bracket, and want to get a bit creative while also appearing irresistibly historically accurate, look no further than this slang dictionary of the 1830s. Of course, it’s...
From: The History of Love on 6 Feb 2018

Exhibition: Love Bites – Caricatures by James Gillray

To mark 200 years since satirist James Gillray’s death, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is currently holding an exhibition in his honour. During his lifetime he created over 1000 prints, and here on display is a group of 60 examples ostensibly...
From: The History of Love on 4 May 2015

A merry life & a short one!: The Drunkard’s Coat of Arms, 1707

Alcohol has long been accountable for the peaks and troughs of many romantic relationships, from bleary-eyed beginnings to booze-fuelled disputes and divorces. It has been at the centre of social life for thousands of years, providing endless amusement...
From: The History of Love on 7 Jul 2014

A New Sort of Holyday for Husbands, or a warning to troublesome wives, 1733

Here is a particularly heartwarming (*cough*) report of one man’s enthusiastic embrace of widowhood in London in 1733. Yes folks, the ‘new holyday for husbands’ is to be enjoyed when your troublesome wife drops dead. Charming. (Although...
From: The History of Love on 3 Jul 2014

Beware the wife who wears the breeches, 1682

Selecting a wife is a tricky business. The main concern of a merry young bachelor was often that, if he chose badly, he could end up chained to a woman intent on wearing the breeches. And let’s face it, there could be little more embarrassing...
From: The History of Love on 24 Jun 2014

Why you shouldn’t marry a lady of learning, 1708

This charming epistle on the horror that is a woman choosing to better herself through education comes from Ned Ward’s The Modern World Disrob’d (1708). I’m particularly taken with the idea that the more languages a lady speaks, the...
From: The History of Love on 2 Apr 2014

Five Things a Man Don’t Like in a Wife, 1785

Five Things a Man don’t like in a Wife - A Woman who will cuckold her Husband - She who carries false Tales from one to another - She who will be drunk before her Husband - She who runs her Husband in Debt without his Knowledge - She who pretends...
From: The History of Love on 28 Mar 2014

The Voyage of Matrimony, from the Volcano of Passions to Misery Town (1826)

And lo, you find yourself embarking upon your first love affair. Egads!, I hear you cry, how am I to navigate this unknown terrain, such uncontrollable bliss, such exquisite ecstasy? Never fear, gentle reader, you merely have to consult this late-Georgian...
From: The History of Love on 12 Feb 2014

A turbulent year in the life of an c18th marriage

And so, as we draw towards the end of the year, it seems only fitting to mark the occasion with a peek at a year in the life of a decidedly unsuccessful Georgian marriage. After marrying on New Year’s Day, our happy couple spend the next twelve...
From: The History of Love on 19 Dec 2013

Northampton: home of broken families & the criminally insane?

This morning a Georgian newspaper unexpectedly arrived at a colleague’s desk. Naturally, I promptly wrested it from him and pored over it like an excited child. I LOVE eighteenth-century newspaper adverts and was delighted to find that this issue...
From: The History of Love on 14 Nov 2013

Could gin save your marriage?

Are you plagued by a nagging wife? Driven to distraction by a drunken sot of a husband? If an extreme solution is required, look no further than this eighteenth-century relationship advice. The answer, of course, is gin. Just give them a gallon (or...
From: The History of Love on 16 Oct 2013

The danger that is the wife who says nothing’s wrong, 1800

Ah, the age-old “What’s wrong?” – “Nothing. *sigh* *huff*” dilemma. I’m fairly confident that few things are as likely to fill a man with a sense of his own impending doom. If anybody out there *hasn’t* had...
From: The History of Love on 10 Sep 2013

How to Sell a Wife, 1787

Unbridled passions! Sibling rivalry! Threatened suicide! Wife selling! A party down the pub! What more could you want from this news report of 1787? Not only does it give a lively insight into love and marriage in the eighteenth century, but it proves...
From: The History of Love on 19 Jul 2013

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Wife Drink Gin, 1752

The c18th print below serves as a reminder that indulging in too much gin can cause mischief. A grim-faced husband trudges and sighs his way along the street, regretting that he has (once again) allowed his merry wife to be to free with the Strip-and-go-naked....
From: The History of Love on 12 Jul 2013

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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.

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Caveats and Work in Progress

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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

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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.