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Learn the ropes in the ancient art of smuggling!

Coastal Exploration's converted whelker, Salford, off Norfolk. Picture: Peter Naylor.https://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/travel/shady-sailing-norfolk-smugglers-school-with-coastal-exploration-co/news-story/4433a7bdff9fcfb1c8015b1898dea482
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 23 Jun 2018

Potlotek women create Model 18th century Mi’kmaq dress

A young Mi’kmaq woman, left, will stroll the streets of the national historic site attired in traditional dress. The dress was made by a group of women from Potlotek First Nation.http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1579583-potlotek-women-create-model-18th-century-mi%E2%80%99kmaq-dress
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 23 Jun 2018

Outlaws vs. Vampires

By Stephen Basdeo Vampires first appeared in English popular culture with the publication of Robert Southey’s epic narrative poem Thalaba the Destroyer (1801). Thalaba’s bride, Oneiza, dies on their wedding day, but she returns afterwards...

The Torn Bible of the Covenanter and Assassin Balfour at RUSI #History #Scotland

‘253.–Bible which belonged to John Balfour of Kinloch, “The Covenanter,” who, with others, took up arms against the [allegedly] intolerant Government of Charles II.; he fought at Drumclog, where, on [correction] 1 June, 1679, the...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 21 Jun 2018

Cricket, Quoits and Fives: Sporting Prints of the 18th Century

In an earlier blog, we looked at the first three in a series of six prints by Robert Dighton, held in the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, which illustrate a selection of the sports played during the latter half of the eighteenth-century,...
From: All Things Georgian on 21 Jun 2018

To the stocks! Hanna's Town plans annual frontier court

Step back in time and visit the Revolutionary War-era village of Hanna's Town which served as the first English Court west of the Allegheny Mountains at the frontier court re-enactment June 23-24. Experience the excitement of the people as they gathered,...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 21 Jun 2018

What Peter Fidler Didn’t Report

George Colpitts Peter Fidler was going where few Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) traders had gone in the summer of 1800: the South Branch territories of present-day southern Saskatchewan and Alberta. He was to build Chesterfield House at the junction...
From: Borealia on 18 Jun 2018

Aberdeen and the Jacobites

Having recently done blog posts on Edinburgh and Stirling, today we thought we would write about another Scottish city’s connection to the Jacobites; here are some significant events that took place in Aberdeen. During the 1715 Jacobite Rising,...
From: Culloden Battlefield on 16 Jun 2018

The Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt, 1618-1622 Laurence Spring

This came this morning and I am already enjoying it. Such an interesting battle - all manner of troops present including plenty of Brits - the battle is a who's who of 17thc military history.Review to come 
From: Wars of Louis Quatorze on 16 Jun 2018

Diver recovers rare sandglass timer from 18th century warship Invincible sunk of Isle of Wight

Georgian warship Invincible sank after smashing into a sandbank shortly after leaving Portsmouth in February 1758.https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6535275/diver-recovers-sand-timer-warship-invincible-isle-wight/Not the one found, but an example of an 18th...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 16 Jun 2018

Reviews in the JMH, June 2018

The Journal of Modern History 90/2 (2018): Miriam Bodian reviews Nicole Reinhardt, Voices of Conscience: Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France (Oxford, 2016). María Bárbara Zepeda Cortés reviews...
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 15 Jun 2018

Sir Joseph Banks’ fishing trips in Lincolnshire

Sir Joseph Banks, Bt by Joshua Reynolds; National Portrait Gallery, LondonJust in case you weren’t aware of Sir Joseph Banks, he was born in London, but when he was 21 he inherited the impressive estate of Revesby Abbey in Lincolnshire from his...
From: All Things Georgian on 14 Jun 2018

The English Civil War, 1642-1651: an illustrated military history: Author: Philip J. Haythornthwaite: Illustrated by: Jeffrey J. Burn Blandford Press, Nov 1983

A bit of nostalgia fur Naseby day.When I first started ECW reenactment in the mid 80s this was the first port of call - published by Blandford Press Nov 1983. I still recall the thrill this book gave me so many years ago. If you don't have it it's worth...
From: Wars of Louis Quatorze on 14 Jun 2018

Dimas and Gestas: Bandits Crucified with Christ

By Stephen Basdeo Banditry and outlawry always flourish whenever and wherever the state is weak and/or unwilling to enforce its laws. Medieval England is a prime example of this, and of course it is during this period that stories of Robin Hood first...

A multi-functional book for a multi-functional instrument

Probably the most talked about astronomical instrument in recent years is the so-called Antikythera Mechanism, several corroded chunks of bronze gear work found in the sea of the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera at the end of the nineteenth century....
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 13 Jun 2018

The Surprising Practice of Binding Old Books With Scraps of Even Older Books.

The wood on this 1480 edition of the Vulgate bears the traces of a manuscript wrapped around it.https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/book-waste-printed-garbage
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 13 Jun 2018

The Golden Age of Pageantry

My title does not refer to the made-up medieval era but rather to the first decades of the twentieth century–when civic pageants reigned on both sides of the Atlantic! Datewise, we’re right in the midst of the anniversaries of Salem’s...
From: streets of salem on 12 Jun 2018

Foot Ball, Trap Ball and Four Corners: Sporting Prints of the 18th Century

A series of six prints by Robert Dighton, held in the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, illustrate a selection of the sports played during the latter half of the eighteenth-century, some now better known than others. First, we have...
From: All Things Georgian on 12 Jun 2018

The Most Valuable Treasure Ship found off the coast of Cornwall England. The President Merchant Ship-East India Company.

Isaac Sailmaker - Two Views of an East Indiaman of the Time of King William III.https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6497046/britains-richest-shipwreck-worth-8million-today-is-found-off-cornwall/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5826637/Divers-discover-17th-century-anchors-330-year-old-remains-Britains-richest-shipwreck.html
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 12 Jun 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:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s={search term or phrase}

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

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

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

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=Gunpowder%20Plot&exact=on

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.