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The Last Crusade: Napoleon and the Knights Hospitaller

This post is a part of our “Faith in Revolution” series, which explores the ways that religious ideologies and communities shaped the revolutionary era. Check out the entire series. By Thomas Lecaque Knights on horseback, charging beneath...
From: Age of Revolutions on 16 Dec 2019

Sutton Hoo Burial Ship Anniversary

One of the best blog posts that I read this past summer was on the British Museum blog site. It was written by curator Sue Brunning on the Sutton Hoo ship burial. The post was not only informative, but it was also engaging and written in a way that channeled...
From: Alberti's Window on 4 Oct 2019

How to Bathe in January, c. 7th century

Morgan Library, MS G.74, f. 19r"January... Four baths in the course of the month; soap with sodium carbonate diluted in wine. Make a compound skin lotion by mixing 3 lb. weight aloes, 1 lb. myrrh, 2 egg yolks; combine these and apply to the skin. This...
From: Ask the Past on 20 Jan 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS: Truth and Truthiness: Belief, Authenticity, Rhetoric, and Spin in the Middle Ages & Renaissance

Truth and Truthiness: Belief, Authenticity, Rhetoric, and Spin in the Middle Ages and Renaissance December 1, 2018The 26th Biennial Conference of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program of Barnard CollegePlenary Speakers: Lorna Hutson (University...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 1 Dec 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: Administrative accountability in the later Middle Ages: Records, procedures, and their societal impact

Bucharest, 16-17 November 2018The emergence of new types of financial records, the creation of institutional procedures, and the birth of a bureaucratic corps in a society in which accountability had been largely social and moral represent key developments...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 16 Nov 2018

Call for Papers volume 6

It’s a week of exciting developments here at Cerae, as we’re now accepting submissions for volume 6. Please email with papers on the fascinating theme of Landscapes and everything that that can mean! Submission guidelines...
From: CERAE Impressions: A Blog on 8 Nov 2018

A Medieval Emperor's Natural Language Experiment

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II as depicted in the Shrine of Charlemagne, which he commissioned, c. 1215.The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250) was known as the stupor mundi ("the astonishment of the world") among his European contemporaries....
From: Res Obscura on 23 May 2018

The Emotional Nature of Belief in Demons

By Juanita Feros Ruys, The University of Sydney One of the most interesting aspects of the intellectual history of the Middle Ages is the question of epistemology: how people ‘knew’ things. This is a particularly pertinent question when, as...
From: Histories of Emotion on 8 Sep 2017

Ridolfi on premodern France (Hightlight I)

As announced in the previous post, there will be from now on once in a while posts written by guest scholars, both junior a senior. This post has been written by Leonardo Ridolfi of the IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca. You can find Leonardo’s...
From: Economic Growth in History on 7 Jul 2017

Introducing “highlights”: Ridolfi on premodern France and Jongman on the Roman empire

From now on there will be once in a while posts written by others in this blog. These will be written both by young scholars and by more senior, established scholars. The idea is that these scholars will write short essays about the main conclusions...
From: Economic Growth in History on 20 Jun 2017

Kindle Countdown: Queenship in England

*Exciting Opportunity* If you own a Kindle, today and tomorrow, you can buy my book Queenship in England 1308-1485 for only 99p on Amazon UK and 99c on It's a great deal and well worth taking advantage of.  Amazon UK link:
From: Conor Byrne on 3 May 2017

Queenship in England

Happy New Year! I am delighted to inform you that my new book, Queenship in England, will be published on 12 January 2017 by MadeGlobal. The book is currently available on Amazon to preorder on Kindle, and will be available soon in paperback. You can...
From: Conor Byrne on 4 Jan 2017

"The Shadow of the Cross" by Dmitry Yakhovsky

I am delighted to host new author Dmitry Yakhovsky on his book tour to promote his debut book, The Shadow of the Cross: Imprisonment. Along with penning the novel, Dmitry is also a very talented artist and I will premiering a piece of art that Dmitry...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 8 Dec 2016

Samantha Morris's new book on Cesare Borgia

Today, I am very happy to host the first of two blog tours from Made Global. Today, we have a guest post from Samantha Morris, who has written on Cesare Borgia, the notorious yet fascinating Renaissance statesman, as part of Made Global's In a Nutshell...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 17 Nov 2016

History Today vs. English Heritage: "The DARK Ages"

The English Heritage Society referred to the period from 400 to 1066 A.D. as "the Dark Ages" at an exhibit at Tintagel Castle, and one of the writers at History Today doesn't like it:The term ‘Dark Ages’ found a foothold in the 17th and...

With Chesterton on the Middle Ages

Preparing for my presentation for the Catholic Culture Conference this weekend at the Spiritual Life Center ("Cobbett and Chesterton on Merry Old England"), I've been reading books and essays by Chesterton. Registration closes today at noon, so you'd...

Masculinity(/ies) – Femininity(/ies) in the Middle Ages

WHAT: Call for Papers Masculinity(/ies) – Femininity(/ies) in the Middle Ages Workshop WHEN: 2nd – 3rd March 2016 WHERE: German Historical Institute Paris DEADLINE: 4th January 2016 In the Middle Ages, gender was a crucial principle of classification,...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 14 Dec 2015

"A History of the English Monarchy" extract: The Empress and the Sleeping Saints

My most recent book A History of the English Monarchy covers the English Crown from Roman rule to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, when the monarchy began to shift into a British institution. Over the next few weeks, I'm posting short extracts from...
From: Confessions of a Ci-Devant on 23 Nov 2015

Blog Tour Interview: "The Middle Ages Unlocked"

I interviewed the authors of The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Life in Medieval England, 1050–1300 (Amberley Publishing, 2015), Gillian Polack and Katrin Kania, as part of their U.S. blog tour. One of the things about the book that intrigued...

Catholics, the English Reformation, and Liberty

Bruce P. Frohnen, Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative and Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law, writes about Catholics, the English Reformation, and the idea and ideal of liberty: Were it true that only England provides...

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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Caveats and Work in Progress

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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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For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

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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.