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Fertility in the Early Modern Household

Leah Astbury Domestic recipe books in early modern England abound with remedies to promote conception and prevent miscarriage. Frances Springatt’s recipe book, for example, contained a remedy ‘To help conception and strengthen Nature’,...
From: The Recipes Project on 5 Feb 2019

Cold Wombs and Cold Semen: Explaining Sonlessness in Sixteenth-century China

By Yi-Li Wu Throughout imperial China, a family’s well-being and longevity required the birth of sons. [Fig. 1]  Sons performed the ancestral rites, inherited land, and were responsible for supporting aged parents. And only men could take the...
From: The Recipes Project on 18 Dec 2018

Heat and Women’s Fertility in Medieval Recipes

It seems rather ironic to be writing about ‘heat’ in the middle of a heatwave. I’m not sure anyone in Britain at the moment is keen to increase their level of heat any further! However, according to humoral theory, which underpinned...
From: The Recipes Project on 14 Aug 2018

Titillating toes

I have recently been going back over some of the research from my first book and thinking again about aphrodisiacs. Often popular imagination focuses on the foods that we and past societies, including early modern people, consumed to increase their libidos...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 19 Mar 2018

Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine On Offer

Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern England is now available for £35. To make a purchase on the Boydell and Brewer website just enter offer code BB401 at the checkout. A discount flyer and order form can also be found here...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 8 Jun 2017

Conception – Past and Present

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 and its associated bodily and emotional experiences...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 17 Oct 2016

Open Access Papers: Fertility and Childbirth

Open Access papers on Fertility and Childbirth The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research has published two papers available as PDF online here and here. The first one, “The contributions of childbearing within marriage and within...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 24 May 2016

Concealed Fertility Charms

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 and its associated bodily and emotional experiences...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 25 Apr 2016

Infertility and Infidelity in Early Modern England

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 and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 2 Apr 2015

Infertility, Miscarriage and Men

This is a shameless self promotion post I’m afraid. My latest two articles have just been published … ‘They are called Imperfect men’: Male Infertility and Sexual Health in Early Modern England’ The first is available open access...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 3 Jan 2015

History of Women’s Health Conference, USA, April 2015

What: History of Women’s Health conference Where: The PennsylvaniaHospital, Philadelphia When: 29 April 2015 Deadline for Submissions: 5 December 2014 Themes The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on areas of women’s health from...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 30 Nov 2014

Gods and Monsters: Historicizing Ritual, Public Memory, and the Religious Imagination

What: Gods and Monsters: Historicizing Ritual, Public Memory, and the Religious Imagination Where: San Francisco State University When: 25 April 2015 Deadline for Submissions: 13 February 2015 Fertility is one of the conference themes. Themes The...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 30 Nov 2014

The ‘Eggs’ Affair’: Egg Donation in 21st Century Israel

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 and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 30 Nov 2014

Book Launched: Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine

Joachim BeuckelaerKitchen Interior. Wikimedia Commons It was common knowledge in early modern England that sexual desire was malleable, and could be increased or decreased by a range of foods – including artichokes, oysters and parsnips. This book...
From: Dr Jennifer Evans on 3 Oct 2014

Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine

It was common knowledge in early modern England that sexual desire was malleable, and could be increased or decreased by a range of foods – including artichokes, oysters and parsnips. This book argues that these aphrodisiacs were used not simply...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 3 Oct 2014

The Midwife of St. Giles Cripplegate

This week, I have been a guest blogger for the Perceptions of Pregnancy Network.  Here is a link to the blog post – thank you for inviting me to contribute! The Midwife of St. Giles Cripplegate.
From: The History Fox on 30 Sep 2014

The Midwife of St. Giles Cripplegate

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 and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 29 Sep 2014

Review: Old Age and Disease

Today’s post is the second in our series of book reviews.   Old Age and Disease in Early Modern Medicine by Daniel Schäfer (Pickering and Chatto, 2011)   Schäfer begins Old Age and Disease (after a brief introduction outlining his sources...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 27 Aug 2014

The Mistaken Midwife

Midwives have been mentioned often on this blog. They were a central feature of many women’s birthing experiences in the early modern period. Their work, character and bodily condition have, at various points, all come under the scrutiny of their...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 13 Aug 2014

Beans, Nuts and Pulses

‘When Beans were the Food of Lust’, BBC History Magazine (April 2014) In this month’s BBC History Magazine you can find my article all about flatulent aphrodisiacs. Throughout early modern medical treatises and botanical works writers...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 7 Apr 2014

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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:

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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:

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

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

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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.