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Lord Nelson & Mr. Pitt: Anecdotes from Nelson's nephew

In the early 1860s, Lord Nelson's nephew briefly corresponded with Lord Stanhope, Pitt's biographer, regarding the character of his famous uncle. He wrote of his fond reminiscences of times spent with Nelson, at Merton and elsewhere, and one of these...

The 'Irresistible Torrent of Eloquence': Pitt's assistance in Lord Mahon's escape from his father

Philip Henry, 4th Earl Stanhope (early 19th century)On April 4th, 1800, Philip Henry Stanhope, then Lord Mahon, wrote from Chevening to his half-sister Lady Hester Stanhope. Then aged just 19, he was worried that his father Charles, Lord Stanhope would...

Hello world! On the drowsy, wandering, somewhat lost feeling one gets after sending off a draft

Day before yesterday, I sent the 4th draft of The Game of Hope (working title) to my editor at Penguin—3 days before the due date. Yay! I woke the next morning with 1) a slight hangover  (Ha! The result of opting for the wine paring at a fantastic...
From: Baroque Explorations on 29 Nov 2014

Lost and found in France’s on-line library archives

It’s simply astonishing what one can now find on-line. In the way of any wander through library stacks, I came upon this title on, the French national library on-line: Tableau historique, littéraire et politique de l’an VI...
From: Baroque Explorations on 21 Nov 2014

New covers for The Shadow Queen and a suitcase of research books

  Tra la! Here’s The Shadow Queen cover for the U.S. Anchor paperback edition, coming out in January: It’s almost identical to the hardcover cover, which pleases me very much, since it is so very striking, my favourite cover ever. I am...
From: Baroque Explorations on 8 Nov 2014

Last day in the bunker, first day of my 70th decade

Today is our day to pack up, for tomorrow we leave first thing, heading to Toronto. On Thursday late afternoon, we’ll be driving into beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I’m always delighted to arrive in San Miguel, but I’m also...
From: Baroque Explorations on 3 Nov 2014

Quarantine: How the spread of deadly diseases were dealt with in late 18th century France

Fear of Ebola is helping me understand how people felt and responded to fear of the plague—the Black Death—in the Napoleonic era. During Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign, there was an outbreak of the bubonic plague after the French capture of...
From: Baroque Explorations on 24 Oct 2014

Embarking on draft 4

Revision is daunting, and each revision is daunting in it’s own way. It always feels like a strange and unwieldy process. How to begin? Where to begin? I began by making a list: easy changes harder changes hard changes When starting out,...
From: Baroque Explorations on 19 Oct 2014

Handwriting samples: Napoleon’s, Josephine’s, and that of Christophe Duroc

I have been falling victim to research excitement. On one search, I came upon these letters, which did not answer my questions, but were too exciting to pass by. All of the letters are part of an auction of letters and manuscripts. The first two were...
From: Baroque Explorations on 19 Oct 2014

On-line research: subscription publication—an 18th century method of fund-raising?

It continues to amaze me what one can find on-line now. I was searching for pre-1805 publications that contained the name Madame Campan, the founder and director of the highly esteemed boarding school Josephine’s daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais,...
From: Baroque Explorations on 18 Oct 2014

Lord Mahon's address on Harley Street: Number 52, now Number 61

Fig. 1: The 1778 Rate Book for Harley Street, showing Number 52: The address of Lord Viscount MahonOn a recent research trip to Westminster City Archives, I had a look at the Rate Books for Harley Street for the year 1778. I chose that year as it...

Run-around ping-pong & other Canadian Thanksgiving sports

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians! We host a rather large table of 20+ family and friends every year—a jolly pot-luck feast followed by fun and games (pool, run-around ping-pong,* a walk down our long driveway in the dark). My favourite holiday. The Game...
From: Baroque Explorations on 11 Oct 2014

"Tones of resistless power": Stratford Canning's reminiscences of William Pitt

Figure 1: Stratford Canning as a young manStratford Canning, 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe (1786-1880), was a British politician, an ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, and a cousin of William Pitt's friend and political associate, George Canning....

Surprised by Stanhope

My favorite encounter with a book is one where I think I know what I’m going to find, but then something else entirely happens. My most recent serendipitous encounter came thanks to a tweet: Sjoerd Levelt was tweeting some images for #FlyleafFriday...
From: The Collation on 16 Sep 2014

Giorgione Scholarship

In 2003 the Council of the Frick Collection published an extended lecture by Charles Hope entitled “Giorgione or Titian? History of a Controversy.” * Hope’s essay was the inaugural lecture in a projected series of annual talks to be given by eminent...
From: Giorgione et al... on 7 Sep 2014

Introducing Marie Anne Lenormand, “The Sibyl of the Faubourg Saint-Germain”

Part of my research  for writing my first Young Adult novel about Josephine‘s daughter Hortense involves fortune-telling, mysticism and communing with ghosts. Yes, all quite delicious! Madame Lenormand (or Le Normand) was a famous fortune-teller...
From: Baroque Explorations on 6 Sep 2014

Louisa, The Countess of Stanhope's verses & extracts

Louisa Grenville as a childLouisa Stanhope (1758-1829), the second wife of Charles, the 3rd Earl of Stanhope, was fond of quoting from passages in the books and poems she had read. She was the only daughter of Margaret Eleanor Grenville (neé Banks) and Henry...

Elizabeth Williams' return to Lady Hester Stanhope

Figure 1: Charles Lewis Meryon in later life by Arminius Mayer (c. 1846)In the spring of 1810, Lady Hester Stanhope left England permanently. She took with her a faithful maid and companion, Miss Elizabeth Williams, and they initially set off for the...

The cat sat on … the dog’s mat

I’ve not been blogging very much, mostly because I’m crashing through a 3rd draft of The Game of Hope, the working title of my YA novel about Hortense de Beauharnais. But I’ve also been slow to blog because has been...
From: Baroque Explorations on 25 Jul 2014

Dr. Hope and the Patriots’ “cruel oppressive sentiments”

Last month I wrote about a small collection of letters in the U.K. National Archives from army surgeon Richard Hope to relatives back home in England.Among those letters is one dated 20 Aug 1775, which Dr. Hope sent with a page from the Boston News-Letter...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Jul 2014

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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.