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‘He moved his backside and body as mankind do when in copulation with womankind’ Bestiality in eighteenth-century Wales

**Content warning: this post contains details of a sexual nature which some readers may find offensive or upsetting** In keeping with last week’s raunchy theme, I thought I’d write about a court case relating to a far more extreme form of sexually...
From: Deviant Maternity on 9 Aug 2016

Wait, that’s not a prayer! When parish records turn raunchy

Anyone who’s spent countless hours researching in the archives knows the feeling of elation that comes over you when you find that proverbial needle in the haystack. Whether it’s a letter, a diary, a parish register entry, or a court deposition,...
From: Deviant Maternity on 2 Aug 2016

Book Review – Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany

Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany  by Margaret Brannan Lewis (Routledge, 2016), 204 pages, £95 Hardcover, £34.99 Kindle Infanticide and Abortion in Early Modern Germany by Margaret Brannan Lewis is a compelling...
From: Deviant Maternity on 20 Jun 2016

Call for Papers – Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference 2016 University of Exeter, 28-29 July 2016

https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/staff/funke/research/I’m co-organising this year’s Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference at the University of Exeter. If you’re a postgraduate researcher working in any related field and would...
From: Deviant Maternity on 13 Jan 2016

Book Review – Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports

Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports by Marion Pluskota (Routledge, 2015), 178 pp, £95 hardcover     Prostitution and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Ports by Marion Pluskota adds to the growing body of scholarship...
From: Deviant Maternity on 11 Jan 2016

‘For shipping his corpse which was become very loathsome and nauseous.’ The provision of care for the poor, sick and dying in the eighteenth-century

I’ve recently become rather obsessed with the medical app ‘figure 1‘ which provides a fascinating glimpse into medical cases around the world. It’s not for the faint of heart. Nor is this post. While searching for evidence...
From: Deviant Maternity on 16 Nov 2015

Breast Cancer and Parish Poor Relief in the Eighteenth Century

In Breast Cancer in the Eighteenth Century (which I recently reviewed) Marjo Kaartinen notes that this disease was a great equaliser which afflicted rich and poor women alike. First-hand accounts of the experience of breast cancer are rare, and those...
From: Deviant Maternity on 18 Mar 2015

Book Review – Breast Cancer in the Eighteenth Century

Breast Cancer in the Eighteenth-Century by Marjo Kaartinen (London: Pickering Chatto, 2013), 256 pp Print: £60  eBook: £24    Breast Cancer in the Eighteenth Century is a compelling and compassionate investigation of both contemporary...
From: Deviant Maternity on 15 Mar 2015

Back to Basics: What Isn’t Cultural History?

Deviant Maternity:I’ve changed my blog’s URL so wanted to reblog one of my more popular posts for anyone looking for it. Thanks for reading! Originally posted on Deviant Maternity: If the past is to be understood as an enormous landscape...
From: Deviant Maternity on 26 Feb 2015

Tragedy in the Archives

A recent BBC news article made me think it high time to revive my blog, which has remained inactive since last summer due in part to me taking up a Wellcome Trust-funded doctoral post in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter last...
From: Deviant Maternity on 23 Feb 2015

The Midwife of St. Giles Cripplegate

Originally posted on Perceptions of Pregnancy: The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy...
From: Deviant Maternity on 30 Sep 2014

An Open Letter to Nato Summit UK 2014

This is an open letter written to the organisers and delegates of the NATO Summit UK conference on 4-5 September, 2014 held in Newport and Cardiff. It is based on personal experience and observation, and as a Cardiff resident it is very Cardiff-centric...
From: and after that the dark on 1 Sep 2014

Meatless Monday – Avocado Pasta Salad

This post has nothing to do with history, but everything to do with good taste and ethical eating. As part of the Green Team at BIG I’m sharing some of my favourite vegetarian recipes for our Meatless Monday campaign. Avocado Pasta Salad This is...
From: and after that the dark on 10 Apr 2014

Meatless Monday – Pasta Puttanesca

This post has nothing to do with history, but everything to do with good taste and ethical eating. As part of the Green Team at BIG I’m sharing some of my favourite vegetarian recipes for our Meatless Monday campaign. Pasta Puttanesca This is my...
From: and after that the dark on 10 Apr 2014

Confessions of a Tablet Addict; or, Why I Am Returning to Pen and Paper (Mostly)

When I purchased my tablet computer last year, I knew that it would change the way I worked. I expected that having immediate, portable access to Evernote, SpiderOak, Zotero and iAnnotate would make me a more efficient researcher and lecturer. No longer...

The Will of Frances Hughes, a 17th Century Welsh Midwife

The Last Will and Testament of Frances Hughes of Haverfordwest, MidwifeNational Library of Wales SD/1700/56 Frances Hughes was a midwife and widow who died in Haverfordwest in 1700. The only clues we have of her existence are found in her will, which...
From: and after that the dark on 25 Feb 2014

The Promise and Perils of the Flipped HE Classroom: The Online Lecture

Last year, I ran a module entitled “American Crises: From the Revolution to 1968“. It had a standard teaching configuration of a weekly lecture, a weekly small-group seminar, a 2000-word essay and a 2-hour exam. I provided my students with...

How Open Access Will Save the Humanities (from Themselves)

There is no single open access debate. Instead, the open access debate refers to a variety of concerns from a fluctuating body of stakeholders. As there is little hope for sufficiently addressing them all in so brief a space, this article will limit itself...

Sorry, I don’t speak tattoo.

Maud Wagner, the first known female tattooist in the U.S., 1911. In 1907, she traded a date with her husband-to-be for tattoo lessons. Their daughter, Lotteva Wagner, was also a tattooist. Photograph credit Margot Mifflin (from The New Yorker –...
From: and after that the dark on 16 Nov 2013

Promo: The Echo and the Always

Reblogged from Polly Thomas: I arrived at the location last weekend to do a promo shoot with The Echo and the Always with their latest line-up, to find that Angela had created a masterpiece in the form of a blanket fort. This was such a fun and relaxed...
From: and after that the dark on 7 Nov 2013

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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:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s={search term or phrase}

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

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=london

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=Gunpowder%20Plot&exact=on

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.