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A time when smoking could result in sudden death

Between 1671 and 1730 at least seventeen Londoners died as a result of smoking. This may not seem particularly surprising to modern eyes but at that time the consumption of tobacco was enjoyed by smoking it in clay pipes rather than cigarettes (or their...

Slugs in a saw-pit hell to pay

“Two timorous duellists face each other at close quarters in a saw-pit, trembling and dropping their weapons, namely pistol and blunderbuss; each has a heap of weapons at his feet: sabres, rapier, pistol, more blunderbusses. The hair of both rises...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 7 Jun 2019

Modern aquatics

“A Thames wherry passes close to the wall of a riverside tavern, and is about to go under a high timber bridge. The two oarsmen have immense artificial-looking whiskers and curled hair, cf. British Museum satires no. 15962, no hats, and wear striped...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 6 Jun 2019

Anti-Smoking, ca. 1879

In 1879 the Phrenological Journal published two short anti-smoking reports. The first, in February, purportedly summarized an article in the British Medical Monthly: “What Smoking does for Boys.” Apparently a physician concerned by the number...
From: Darin Hayton on 15 Mar 2017

Tinder Tubes.

There has been a lot of speculation as to the use of the Tinder Tube and its manufacture date. Personally I have yet to see one made before the 19th century, though I see many 18th century living historians carrying these for fire lighting. I have found...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 22 Oct 2015

The last jig, or Adieu to Old England

A scene in a tavern cellar, with a young woman, gaily dressed, dancing a jig with a man wearing an apron; at left, a sailor playing the violin, at right, a sailor sitting on steps and leaning forward, smoking, resting his arms on a barrel, another beside...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 9 Jul 2013

The Drying Smoke

Last week I looked at the controversy over the effects of coffee - was it an aphrodisiac or did it cause men to become impotent and infertile.  This is really a brief follow-up to that post to show that it was not only coffee that men and women worried...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 31 May 2013

Call for Papers: Tobacco in the Early Modern imagination

A one-day conference at Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 15 March 2013Plenary speaker: Dr Lucy Munro (Keele University)We are looking for several 20 minute papers on any aspect of the way that tobacco was represented, formulated, desired, commodified,...
From: The Renaissance Diary... on 15 Mar 2013

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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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This is the basic structure:

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

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

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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.