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Capable of Bruising a Letter: Early Modern Women’s Calligraphy

  Instructional image from Cornelis Dircksz. van Niervaart, Oprecht onderwijs van de leer-konsten (1669, p. 60). Reproduced from Google Books.The art of calligraphy was practiced widely in the seventeenth century with various levels of skill,...

‘A Pinching and Pricking at her Breast’: Bewitched Hearts in Early Modern England

When seventeenth-century people were bewitched they often took it to heart. In Jacobean Cornwall, after crossing Agnes Saunders, a Cornish gentleman is ‘extreemely distempered w[i]th so greate a heavines of […]
From: Inner Lives on 14 Feb 2018

A Valentine Story

So its that time of year again when the world becomes saturated with hearts, chocolate, and romance. This post will perhaps bring you a few moments of relief from all things romantic, as we take a look at Valentine Greatrakes (see the clever segue we...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 14 Feb 2018

Conference CfP: Writing Lives in Europe, 1500-17

University College Dublin, 6th-8th September 2018 This conference on life writing/self writing will address questions related to life writing across Europe between 1500-1700, in particular the influence of different religious, social, cultural and national...
From: Shakespeare in Ireland on 8 Feb 2018

The Duke's Mouthwash

Ferdinando de’ Medici (1549-1609),Scipione Pulzone (1544 - 1598), Private collection.Antonio Neri's father, Neri Neri, was royal physician to the family of Grand Duke Ferdinando de' Medici. As such, he regularly interacted with other members of...
From: Conciatore on 7 Feb 2018

Articles & Review in the JEMH 2017 #6

Journal of Early Modern History 22/6 (2017): Martin Jacobs, “Sephardic Migration and Cultural Transfer: The Ottoman and Spanish Expansion through a Cinquecento Jewish Lens.” José Pedro Paiva, “The Inquisition Tribunal in Goa:...
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 5 Feb 2018

Position in Early Modern European History

Northeastern Illinois University is advertising for a faculty position in Early Modern European History. The position description reads: “Early Modern Europe and the World: Assistant Professor with a strong field in Europe (excluding Russia) from...

Placing Historical Recipes in Fiction: The Lady of the Tower

By Elizabeth St.John Sir Walter Raleigh and Mr. Ruthven being prisoners in the Tower, and addicting themselves to chemistry, she (Lucy St.John Apsley) suffered them to make their rare experiments at her cost, partly to comfort and divert the poor prisoners,...
From: The Recipes Project on 1 Feb 2018

Book Review: “Maids, Wives, Widows” by Sara Read

Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women’s Lives, 1540-1740 by Sara Read is a book I’d been wanting to read since it was originally published in 2015 by Pen & Sword. I became acquainted with Dr Read through Twitter, and she subsequently...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 30 Jan 2018

Following Valerian: New Name, Old Idea

Katherine Foxhall In late August, 1781, Sir Charles Blagden, physician, Francophile, army surgeon and Fellow (later to be Secretary) of the Royal Society of London received a letter from his friend, Thomas Curtis. Curtis was concerned about the health...
From: The Recipes Project on 30 Jan 2018

Graduate Student Conference at the Newberry Library

I am pleased that several of my former graduate students are participating in this week’s Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, sponsored by the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library. “The Center for Renaissance...

New Directions in Early Modern Irish Women’s History

The Women’s History Association of Ireland will host its annual Spring Seminar at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway on Friday 16 February 2018. This one-day interdisciplinary seminar will bring together leading and emerging scholars from...
From: RECIRC on 25 Jan 2018

Old Cookbooks, New Audiences

By Sarah Peters Kernan In my last post I mentioned that relatively few medieval cookbooks included menus for actual events. The ones that did were typically included in cookeries originally composed for noble households; by the fifteenth century, these...
From: The Recipes Project on 25 Jan 2018

Dr. Burges’s Plague Water

By Jana Jackson For early modern pious women, the religious obligation to be healers and competent housewives catalyzed the compilation of extensive medical receipt books during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Accordingly, recipes considered...
From: emroc on 24 Jan 2018

Arguing with Edmund Spenser in Contemporary Irish Poetry

Thursday 15th February, 7-9pm Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1. Tickets: Free, but limited – booking advised. Info from Poetry Ireland website. The Tudor poet, Edmund Spenser, is not remembered fondly in Ireland, despite his...
From: Shakespeare in Ireland on 23 Jan 2018

Bibulous Erasmus

Brian Cummings Ars longa, vita brevis, as you hear every day in the tearoom at the Folger Shakespeare Library. This Christmas at the Folger I made a discovery which made me feel young: Erasmus’s favourite wine! The thought had been with me since...
From: The Recipes Project on 23 Jan 2018

Oxford Seminar in the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, 2018

The seminar, usually held each year in May-June, is being moved forward to January 2018, in order to coincide with the visit of our colleague, the distinguished historian of chemistry Professor Emeritus Bernadette Bensaude Vincent (Université...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 17 Jan 2018

A Dubious Death

Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading through some of the correspondence of the Radcliffe Family, who lived in Hitchin in the eighteenth century. One case has been copied out of the notes of Sir Hans Sloane, a successful medical practitioner...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 17 Jan 2018

Happy New Year from the Steering Committee

When the Steering Committee last met face-to-face in November 2016, we set the goal of having ten recipe collections completely transcribed, vetted, and entered into the Folger’s DROMIO database by the end of 2017. Today there are seventeen...
From: emroc on 11 Jan 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.