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Blessed James Thompson, aka James Pierce

Blessed James Thompson was a Yorkshireman who studied at Douai and Rheims, and who after ordination, was sent on the English mission. It was 1581. He and Nicholas Fox were ordained to all the minor orders, diaconate and priesthood within twelve (12)...

The End of the Constitutional Telegraphe

When we left off with John S. Lillie on Tuesday, he was feeling triumphant about the election of Thomas Jefferson as President in 1800. His Constitutional Telegraphe newspaper had strongly supported the Jeffersonian party, though—given how Massachusetts...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Nov 2012

Humphry Rant

Humphry Rant was one of the two men on the losing (Yellow or Whig) side of the 1754 election for Bailiff of Ipswich that saw John Gravenor elected. Rant was an Ipswich lawyer about whom I know very little. He was born about 1709, the son of William Rant,...
From: Kirby and his world on 22 Nov 2012

Shakespeare For Fear of Death 1

In Shakespeare versus Shallow (1931), Leslie Hotson wrote that if you wanted to look for new facts about William Shakespeare’s life then you should not “turn to the standard biographies for nourishment” as these were not about research but were...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 22 Nov 2012

What Upset Deborah Putnam?

After Gen. George Washington organized the Continental Army into brigades in late July 1775, Gen. Israel Putnam moved into the Ralph Inman mansion in east Cambridge. He had already stationed his son Daniel there with instructions to see that Elizabeth...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Nov 2012

The Vassalls’ Pension and Tonight’s Lecture in Medford

On 17 June 1858, an anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Massachusetts Historical Society held a special meeting at the house of member Henry W. Longfellow. Members shared some documents about the first owner of that house, John Vassall.Massachusetts...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Nov 2012

What is Modernity for Animals and Us?

By Dr. Susan Nance When did animals become modern? When did humanness, defined in relationship to animals, become equally modern? Here is perhaps one moment in the transition. While people in the Western world were living through the transformation to...
From: Performing Humanity on 12 Nov 2012

Reproduction and Hybridity

  By Dr. Miranda Garno Nesler As Americans prepare to vote this week, a number of issues relevant to this blog have come to the forefront of public debate.  Among them are reproductive rights: women and men’s protected legal access to contraception,...
From: Performing Humanity on 4 Nov 2012

Reason, Compassion, and Humanness in the Animal World

By Dr. Miranda Garno Nesler During the Renaissance, debates raged about the necessary properties that defined humanness and human superiority.  For some, including Jean Bodin, “the real essence of a human being…was not physical form, but the rational...
From: Performing Humanity on 29 Oct 2012

Lady Constance Lytton

Lady Constance Lytton will be a name familiar to anyone who has studied the Votes for Women campaign waged between 1903 and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Her involvement came about by a meeting with that other famous Emmeline, Mrs Pethwick-Lawrence....
From: Good Gentlewoman on 24 Oct 2012

Upcoming Talks in Sudbury and Medford

Yesterday’s posting offers a chance to mention two talks I’m looking forward to giving next month.On Monday, 5 November, I’ll speak to the Sudbury Minutemen about “The Powder Alarm,” the militia mobilization in September 1774 that marked...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Oct 2012

Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine and Chawton House Library

The Emporium at JASNA’s 2012 AGM in NYC provided several delightful surprises, among which was meeting the staff of Jane Austen’s World Magazine and Chawton House Library a their respective booths. Jane Austen’s Regency World editor,...
From: Jane Austen's World on 15 Oct 2012

Parsing “The Jelly-House Maccaroni”

I included this image, titled “The Jelly-House Maccaroni,” in one of my postings on bundling over the past month. Published in London in 1772, it was actually three thousand miles and nearly a full generation distant from the Rhode Island newspaper...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Oct 2012

New England Historical Association conference, 13 Oct.

The New England Historical Association’s fall conference will take place this Saturday, 13 October, at Merrimack College in North Andover.I won’t be able to attend this year, but some of the papers on the program caught my eye:Thomas Goldscheider,...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Oct 2012

Silence and the Human Animal

By Dr. Miranda Garno Nesler In 2008, I wrote a post titled “Silence and the Scold’s Bridle” at Wonders & Marvels.  As a graduate student in the throes of dissertating, I had become enthralled by both the ideological and material methods through...
From: Performing Humanity on 8 Oct 2012

An Insomniac's Reward

One night last week, I was having difficulty sleeping. At about 3:30am I began reading a novel on my smartphone in bed. A half hour later, as I was flicking through the virtual pages, the phone notified me of a new email. A British bookseller had just...
From: Edmond Hoyle, Gent. on 1 Oct 2012

Bestial Empowerment: Approaching Polymorphous Nature

By Dr. Miranda Garno Nesler In a recent PMLA article, early modern scholar Melissa E. Sanchez seeks to “make available a mode of reading that reintegrates some of the foundational work of queer theory [...] into understandings of female sexuality”...
From: Performing Humanity on 1 Oct 2012

The Lasting Legacy of the Black (M)Other

By Dr. Andrea Powell Wolfe Early Modern European travel narratives consistently depict the female African as animalistic in childbirth and infant rearing.  In a widely circulated 1602 narrative, Pieter de Marees claims that the women of Sierra Leone...
From: Performing Humanity on 19 Sep 2012

“Inn-keeping was a favorite occupation”

Earlier this month, Dr. Sam Foreman shared a draft of the Suffolk Resolves, written mostly by Dr. Joseph Warren. That document is headed: At a Convention of the Representative Comtees of the Several Towns & Districts of the County of Suffolk in the...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Sep 2012

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.