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The Real Face of William Pitt

In June 1865, Philip Henry, the 5th Lord Stanhope, wrote in his notes that the cast of Mr. Pitt's head after death was presented to him on behalf of the late Francis Turner, Esq. [1]Turner had died the previous year, and his son wrote to Stanhope in 1865...

The Physician vs. The Lover: The rift between Dr. Meryon and Michael Bruce

When Lady Hester Stanhope was travelling through Malta in the summer of 1810, she was not expecting that her physician Dr. Meryon, and her much younger lover Michael Bruce, would not get along. Unfortunately, living in such close proximity and competing...

Hope and Pain on Bunker Hill

Yesterday I quoted the start of a 12 July 1775 letter from Richard Hope, surgeon for the British army’s 52nd Regiment in Boston. That was actually Dr. Hope’s second report on the Battle of Bunker Hill to relatives back in England. He had sent another...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Jun 2014

Dr. Richard Hope’s “great contusion”

A month ago I was in London, visiting the British Library and the National Archives (as well as friends).One set of documents I looked at in the latter institution was a collection of fifteen letters from Dr. Richard Hope, surgeon attached to His Majesty’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Jun 2014

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 49

I on my horse, and Love on me, doth try Our horsemanships, while by strange work I prove A horseman to my horse, a horse to Love; And now man’s wrongs in me, poor beast, descry. The reins wherewith my rider doth me tie, Are humbled thoughts, which...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 16 May 2014

Crichope Linn and the Covenanter’s Cave: Building Tradition

  Crichope Linn © Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse. Today, it is hard to spot Crichope Linn. Even from the road, there is little sign that this sublime site was visited by tourists such as Sir Walter Scott and Jane and Thomas Carlyle. However,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 13 Apr 2014

Claverhouse’s Raid on Mitchellslacks

Simpson published the following traditional story in 1856, a few years after his Traditions of the Covenanters had been published. The story allegedly relates to a raid by John Graham of Claverhouse on Mitchellslacks in August, 1685. Claverhouse in Scott’s...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Apr 2014

In the works …website reno, book launch fever, and the revelations of my 14-year-old self

I’ve so much in the works, right now. For one thing, this website, which is being redesigned (long overdue!). Here’s a sample of how it is going to look: The main change, however, is that the site will be simplified and weeded, to make it...
From: Baroque Explorations on 19 Feb 2014

On-line research, book-buying and image hunting: a guide for the wary

I’m at a research-intensive stage of Draft 2.0 of The Game of Hope. (YA1) I’m working to fill in all the pot-holes before sending it off—that is, all the xxx’s in the manuscript, the xxx’s I throw in while rushing through Draft...
From: Baroque Explorations on 7 Feb 2014

Apologies (and a brief explanation)

My apologies to the subscribers to this blog for the mysterious “sss” “sss” “sss” blog post you were sent recently. I make most of the changes to my website myself, and in this case I rather messed up! But some things...
From: Baroque Explorations on 4 Nov 2013

Last day in the bunker; looking forward, looking back, looking side-ways

Today is my last day in “the bunker”—my lovely basement office in our Ontario home. I have another lovely office awaiting in Mexico, but this one is my favourite, and I always feel a little sad leaving.  It’s said that “home...
From: Baroque Explorations on 25 Oct 2013

A lovely new novel from Salley Vickers, The Cleaner of Chartres, and foretelling the future with The Game of Hope

When I was asked by Penguin US if I would be interested in reading Salley Vickers’ new novel, The Cleaner of Chartres, of course I said yes. I’d read Miss Garnet’s Angel by her, and enjoyed it very much.  The Cleaner of Chartres...
From: Baroque Explorations on 11 Oct 2013

Toronto Theatre: More Thoughts

About a year ago, prompted by the mess at the Factory Theatre, I started writing a series of blog posts about what bothered me about our city’s theatre scene. Kelly Nestruck’s article in this Saturday’s Globe and Mail about one of Toronto’s...
From: dispositio on 28 Jul 2013

17th-century Jews: Carving a Place in the New World

This week the Hoydens are pleased to welcome Patricia O'Sullivan.  Patricia is passionate  about bringing to light odd bits of history. Her first three novels deal with Sephardic Jews and Native Americans and she has also written about Irish slaves...
From: Hoydens & Firebrands on 14 Apr 2013

The Escape From the Devil’s Beef Tub

Above the Strait Step © Chris Heaton and licensed for reuse. According to traditions recorded in the nineteenth century, after John Hunter was killed above the Devil’s Beef Tub in 1685, his companion, ‘——-‘ Welsh, the ‘Babe of Tweedhopefoot’,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 7 Feb 2013

Orkney and Shetland Road Trip, Part 2

A terrific day of naval heritage, stunning scenery and very high winds on the Orkney island of Hoy! The ferry deposited us at Lyness, which from 1917 was the Royal Navy’s principal base for the Scapa Flow anchorage, home to the Grand Fleet in the...
From: Gentlemen and Tarpaulins on 28 Jan 2013

Lady Hester Stanhope on...Political Hostesses' Hospitality

Lady Hester Stanhope was not a woman to hold her tongue, which was only more apparent when her doctor (and close friend) released her memoirs in 1845 - which was more like his memoirs of her.  In it, William Pitt's niece remembered the various environments...

Exhibition News: “Fate, Hope and Charity: Revealed: The hidden stories of the Foundling Hospital tokens” at the Foundling Museum

Foundling Hospital Tokens © The Foundling Museum, London I thought you all would appreciate advance notice of the Foundling Hospital’s next major exhibition. It is to be entitled, Fate, Hope and Charity, and will tell, for the first time the stores...
From: Austenonly on 13 Nov 2012

A Dispute within the Artillery Company in 1768

Here’s an anecdote from Zachariah Whitman’s 1842 History of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. As I’ve described before, that organization wasn’t a part of the provincial militia but a private organization men joined to improve their...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Sep 2012

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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

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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.