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Tea, Maps, and Furniture at Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield is featuring a new exhibit called “Tea Talk: Ritual and Refinement in Early New England Parlors” in the lobby of its Flynt Center museum. The website says:Tea and tea drinking arrived in New England by the late 17th century, a time...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Mar 2013

Looking back and forward: the Birmingham Rep at 100

Barry Jackson I spent Saturday in Birmingham, at the Old Repertory Theatre in Station  Street, which this year celebrates its centenary. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about the history of Barry Jackson’s great theatre. The keynote speech...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 25 Mar 2013

The Travels of Dr Martin Lister: a new internet resource

I was asked to write a post about a new website I created: Every Man’s Companion: Or, An Useful Pocket-Book: The Travel Journal of Dr Martin Lister. In 1663, Martin Lister left his parents’ house in Burwell,...

Celebrating Barry Jackson at the Birmingham Rep and the Shakespeare Memorial

The original Birmingham Repertory Theatre This year the Birmingham Repertory Theatre celebrates its centenary, and over the weekend of 23 and 24 March there is to be a series of talks, discussions and an exhibition to be held at the original theatre in...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 16 Mar 2013

Hans Sloane and the Pit

Headlines today: “‘Black Death pit’ unearthed by Crossrail project“. It’s all very exciting when London starts to dig deep under its surface, with various plague pits, Bronze Age transport networks and more being unearthed....
From: The Sloane Letters Blog on 15 Mar 2013

Georgian Britain: Legacies of British Slave Ownership

Inquiring readers, this rather serious topic of British slave ownership plays a role in Jane Austen’s world and her novels. She addressed the issue in an indirect way in Mansfield Park and Emma, with the Bertram fortune resting on slave trade and...
From: Jane Austen's World on 10 Mar 2013

Charles Scrivenor

Charles Scrivenor subscribed to Kirby’s Historical Account. He was High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1745. The Scrivenors (or Scriveners) were lords of the manor at Sibton in Suffolk. John Scrivener acquired Sibton abbey and built a house adjoining the...
From: Kirby and his world on 5 Mar 2013

More On Period Knives.

More On Period Knives.Today a friend in the States contacted me and asked me about knives, he had been watching the History Channel, and they had shown a knife with rivets securing the handle. Glen remembered what I had said regarding period knives being...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 23 Feb 2013

Beer and Gin

The early 1700s was the time of the gin craze. Far from its modern image of G&Ts for the gin and Jag set, this was the cheap gin of Mother’s Ruin, with the slogan “Drunk for a Penny, Dead Drunk for Twopence, Straw for Nothing.” Gin...
From: Kirby and his world on 22 Feb 2013

Exploring CPP MS 10a214: Looking for Anne Layfielde

by Hillary Nunn, with Rebecca Laroche In an earlier post (18/10/2012), blog readers were introduced to a recipe book found at the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  The volume’s ownership inscription reads,...
From: The Recipes Project on 20 Feb 2013

Theodore Eccleston

Theodore Eccleston subscribed for two set of Kirby’s Twelve Prints and Historical Account, and continued to support Kirby with a subscription to the first edition of Method of Perspective. The Ecclestons were from London, but Theodore’s father...
From: Kirby and his world on 8 Feb 2013

Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews Cervantes’s Don Quixote...

Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews Cervantes’s Don Quixote influenced many great writers. Last week, I shared an image from Charlotte Lennox’s The Female Quixote. This week, the engraving pictures a scene from Henry Fielding’s novel Joseph Andrews,...

MEMORI Seminar Cardiff – This Thursday

Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative ===== Prof. Daniel Wakelin of St Hilda’s, Oxford, will be giving the first MEMORI paper of the semester this Thursday at 5.15 in room 2.03. The title of his talk is ’When Scribes Stop Writing’....
From: Cardiff Shakespeare on 28 Jan 2013

Why I love Ripper Street

I know that I wasn’t all that impressed with Ripper Street (and I’ll admit that as a Ripperologist I was probably looking for reasons to carp and grumble to be honest) at first but as the series has shambled along, I’ve actually fallen...
From: Madame Guillotine on 22 Jan 2013

Lord Chesterfield on Trivial Pursuits, Day 7 REPOST

Originally posted 1/2/11 Dear Lord Chesterfield, As a lady of substantial cranial proportions, I say with all humility that I simply cannot countenance the follies of my age.  To dance and make merry?  Bah!  ‘Tis a waste of sturdy, spinster feet. ...
From: Life Takes Lemons on 12 Jan 2013

Street Cries Ancient and Modern

Paul Sandby (1730 or 1731-1809) Title page of Twelve London Cries (via Wikimedia Commons) An unlikely internet sensation of 2012 was the success of Mohammed Shahid Nazir a seller of fish in Queens market, Upton Park in East London. Having been told after...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 12 Jan 2013

Lord Chesterfield on Political Atmosphere, Day 6 REPOST

Originally posted 12/31/10 Dear Lord Chesterfield, I solemly swear before God and country that all politicians are liars and thieves!  They never accomplish what they vow, and upon my soul, there is a not a noble man among such a house of fools. ...
From: Life Takes Lemons on 10 Jan 2013

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.