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William Maxwell’s Wife

ON 28 JUNE 1679, WILLIAM MAXWELL was quizzed by members of the Scottish Privy Council about his role in a recent uprising. Maxwell, a carrier from Kirkcudbright, Galloway, was one of perhaps as many as 10,000 Scots who gathered in arms across the southwest...
From: Reading Rebel Voices on 19 Oct 2020

Project Update

LIKE MOST OTHER THINGS, work on this project is being somewhat delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Although I do have some source images to work from, with the National Records of Scotland’s (mysterious? certainly steadfast) decision to remain shut...
From: Reading Rebel Voices on 19 Oct 2020

September 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “LISBON LEMONS … to be sold at the Sign of the Basket of Lemons.” The selection of advertisements for the Adverts 250 Project is contingent on which newspapers...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Sep 2020

June 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “RUN AWAY … a NEGRO fellow, named July.” No newspaper advertisements concerning enslaved people appear via the Slavery Adverts 250 Project today, but that...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 Jun 2020

Reconstructing the career of a 20th-c sailor: the case of Wilfried Julius Lackin

In an earlier post, we explained our methodology for reconstructing careers of sailors from 18th-c data. In this one, Daniël Tuik, researcher on our ongoing Sailors on Dutch merchant marine in the 19th and 20th centuries project, tells about his...
From: Maritime Careers on 4 Jun 2020

April 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “MAKES and SELLS the best mould CANDLES.” “WILL repair all sorts of CLOCKS and WATCHES.” Once a week the Adverts 250 Project examines an advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Apr 2020

January 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “THE MARYLAND ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR 1770.” The Adverts 250 Project and the Slavery Adverts 250 Project draw their contents from several databases of eighteenth-century...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Jan 2020


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.” It has been more than a year since any “NEW ADVERTISEMENTS” from Charles Crouch’s South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Jan 2020

July 7

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Connecticut Journal (July 7, 1769). “Hugh Glassford … now carries on his Business, at Glen and Gregory’s.” Moving to a new location prompted Hugh Glassford,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 7 Jul 2019

Interrogating ‘middling culture’: a workshop report

Middling Culture held its first project workshop on Tuesday 25 June 2019. Our team was joined by around 20 experts from different disciplines, including scholars of literature, social and cultural history, archaeology and material culture from both academia...
From: Middling Culture on 5 Jul 2019

Review: Parisot, How America Became Capitalist

Lindsay Keiter reviews James Parisot's new study of capitalism and empire.
From: The Junto on 24 Jun 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Essex Gazette (June 20, 1769). “CANDLES … Very cheap.” On Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, selecting which advertisement to feature on the Adverts 250 Project...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Jun 2019

June 7

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Georgia Gazette (June 7, 1769). “SOLOMON SOLOMONS … A fmall Affortment of JEWELERY.” Earlier this week NPR commentator Cokie Roberts caused quite a hullabaloo...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 7 Jun 2019

Cleaning Text with Python

So all us early modern Europeanists owe the Early English Books Online project a debt of gratitude. Tens of thousands of books published in England before the 19C, all of them scanned, and, in the past few years, downloadable. Thanks to the Text Creation...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 27 May 2019

Sabbatical in the rear-view mirror

Now that my sabbatical has officially ended, the summer begins. I’ll gradually share with the world all the wonderful digital discoveries from my Year of the Digital. Discoveries that have so engulfed my world that I’ve slighted the blog for...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 27 May 2019

You might be Millner

If words like “Army”, “Camp”, “march”, “Day”, “pitch”, and “Leagues” outnumber many common stopwords… You might be a campaign journal. And if the fifth-most common word token...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 11 Jan 2019

From historical source to historical data

Where I offer a taste of just one of the low-hanging fruits acquired over my past five months of Python: The Sabbatical. Digital history is slowly catching on, but, thus far, my impression is that it’s still limited to those with deep pockets –...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 4 Dec 2018

Q&A with L.H. Roper

Today at The Junto, L.H. Roper, professor of history at the State University of New York at New Paltz and coeditor in chief of the Journal of Early American History, joins us to discuss his new book, Advancing Empire: English Interest in Overseas Expansion,...
From: The Junto on 4 Oct 2018

Where the historians are, 2017

“Shaving the yak” is a phrase used to describe the process of programming. It alludes to the fact that you often have to take two, or more, steps backward in order to eventually move one step forward. You want a sweater, so first you need...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 19 Sep 2018

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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.