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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

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

Notes on Post Tags Search

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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:

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.