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Summer Retrospective: Deciphering Signature Marks

It seems appropriate to finish up our summer retrospective series with one of the earliest (and perennially most popular) posts. Whether it’s a back-to-basics refresher for you or an answer to the question you’ve been asking yourself, Deciphering...
From: The Collation on 20 Aug 2019

Homesickness: emotions, families, and nations

In a brief visit to Manchester Art Gallery – snatched during a gap in the conference my husband was attending – I was stopped in my tracks by Benoit Aubard’s Homesick (2018). Aubard’s spray-painted graffiti style duvet...
From: Joanne Begiato Muses on History on 20 Aug 2019

Votes of no confidence

The principle that an administration can only function if it has the backing of a majority in the House of Commons is acknowledged to be a fundamental part – perhaps the fundamental part – of not only the British, but of any parliamentary...
From: History of Parliament on 20 Aug 2019

Re-blogged from The Research Whisperer: Stitching together an intellectual life

Stitching together an intellectual life Stitching together an intellectual life — Read on
From: Early Modern Ballads on 20 Aug 2019

Repost – Una McIlvenna: Getting Emotional…

Thought I’d just post a link to a really interesting piece by Una McIlvenna, about her experience of finding some previously undocumented ballads while teaching a class in Melbourne.
From: Early Modern Ballads on 19 Aug 2019

Record of the Week: The Diaries of William Beamont

By Carys Brown William Beamont (1797-1889) was a solicitor, philanthropist and, from 1847, Mayor of Warrington. His diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and family papers provide a fascinating overview of many aspects of Warrington life. Particularly interesting...

Teaching Recipes

If you’re writing a syllabus, you might be interested in using resources and handouts from the “Teaching Recipes” page on Cooking in the Archives.
From: marginal notes on 16 Aug 2019

Funded PhD Studentship on the MACMORRIS Project – IRC and Maynooth University

[Info copied from EURAXESS Ireland – see website for details. Project outline The MACMORRIS project (Mapping Actors and Communities: A Model of Research in Renaissance Ireland in the 16th and 17th Centuries) is a four-year digital-humanities project...
From: Shakespeare in Ireland on 16 Aug 2019

More changes

This week I’ve finished a big overhaul of the wiki. Changes include: there’s now an external identifier for the The Scotland, Scandinavia and Northern European Biographical Database (SSNE). This free to view database created by Steve Murdoch...
From: By The Sword Linked on 16 Aug 2019

How to tell a Serf from a Slave in Medieval England

By Sara M. Butler; posted 15 August 2019. About six months ago, I stumbled across an intriguing 2011 article by Stephen Alsford on the subject of medieval serfdom and the myth that “town air makes free” – that is, escape to a town for...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 15 Aug 2019


Yet another of the figures carved by an unknown craftsman in (we think) 1636 or 37 and preserved in plaster in the Royal Armouries museum. This appears to be a young lad playing the fife, though part of his instrument has disappeared. He wears a short...
From: The 1640s Picturebook on 15 Aug 2019

Finding the human and posthuman in the Anthropocene

Vanessa Daws, #pluralizetheanthropocene (2018) [Cross-posted from the U MN Press blog] A few weeks ago in late July, a tropical rainstorm cascaded onto my home in Connecticut. During high summer in the northeastern United States, violent thunderstorms...
From: The Bookfish on 14 Aug 2019


Continuing the series of figures that used to adorn the staircase of the house that was once known at Cromwell house in Highgate in London we have this fellow, carved we presume like the stairs in 1636 or 37. The original carvings have disappeared, but...
From: The 1640s Picturebook on 13 Aug 2019

Summer Retrospective: Uncut, unopened, untrimmed, uh-oh

It seems fitting that with last week’s retrospective post being all about paper, this week we should turn to the age-old question: just what do you call it when a book still has pages joined together (aside from “difficult to read”)?...
From: The Collation on 13 Aug 2019

Pikeman with Shield

Continuing the series of figures that originally adorned the staircase at Cromwell House in Highgate, here’s an interesting fellow. I’m presuming he was a pikeman as his polearm was probably snapped off early in his life as a newel post, but...
From: The 1640s Picturebook on 12 Aug 2019

Dead Admirals Society Goes Stateside

Our recent trip to the US included some great sightseeing opportunities, and one of them was a wander around lower Manhattan, looking for traces of the original New Amsterdam colony. One unexpected but fascinating by-product of this was the discovery...
From: Gentlemen and Tarpaulins on 12 Aug 2019

Record of the Week: On Marriage, Methodists and Medical Men

by Kate Gibson On Boxing Day 1829, surgeon John Wilson wrote a letter to Mary Parkin declaring his love for her. Both John and Mary had been born and raised in the centre of Whitby, in North Yorkshire. Although Whitby’s population was small, it...

Gift-giving in early modern European encounters with Southeast Asia

James Taylor, winner of the 2019 Hakluyt Society Essay Prize, gives us an insight into the nuances of gift-giving in encounters between early modern Europeans and Southeast Asians, with a extract from his prize-winning essay. ˜˜˜˜˜˜˜...
From: Richard who? on 9 Aug 2019

Slavery Advertisements Published August 9, 1769

The Slavery Adverts 250 Project chronicles the role of newspaper advertising in perpetuating slavery in the era of the American Revolution. The project seeks to reveal the ubiquity of slavery in eighteenth-century life from New England to Georgia...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Aug 2019

Jasmine (Jessimin) butter

This recipe only has two ingredients – jasmine flowers and butter. When I first read the recipe in the Hornyold family manuscript at the Clark Library (MS.2012.011), I knew that jasmine was blooming in the garden outside. It was the perfect occasion...
From: Cooking in the Archives on 8 Aug 2019

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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.