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Pass Ye Remote: A Quest for Early Modern Entertainment Through Online Learning Resources

Welcome to Elizabethan England via the digital world! We’re lucky to have a range of exciting and innovative online resources at our disposal that make it possible to explore the entertainment and cultural activities of early modern England through...
From: Before Shakespeare on 16 Mar 2020

August 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston-Gazette (August 28, 1769). “Tavern at the King’s Arms on Boston Neck.” In the summer of 1769, the George Tavern on Boston Neck became the Tavern at the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Aug 2019

June 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-London Gazette (June 30, 1769). “A neat BOAT, suitable for the reception of passengers.” Readers encountered four advertisements for transportation via “Passage...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Jun 2019

The House of Commons Steeplechase

Although it has passed the world of racing by, so far as I’m aware, this month is the 130th anniversary of what was apparently the first House of Commons Steeplechase, and possibly also the first occasion on which a formal sporting competition had...
From: History of Parliament on 26 Apr 2019

October 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Journal (October 27, 1768).“A grand set of Fire-works.” The proprietors of Ranelagh Garden advertised leisure activities, especially fireworks displays, to...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 Oct 2018


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Gazette: Or, the Weekly Post-Boy (June 20, 1768).“The commodious Inn, in Princeton, long known by the name of the Hudibras.” As spring turned to summer in 1768,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Jun 2018

June 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Large or small Entertainments provided, in the most genteel Manner.” New-York Journal (June 16, 1768).As summer arrived in New York in 1768, Josiah Davenport continued...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Jun 2018

Summer Reading List

My entire summer can be summed up by the fact that I am only now offering up this “summer reading list” on August 2! I’m still teaching for a few weeks yet, but other obligations have lifted, so I’d really like to get into my library...
From: streets of salem on 2 Aug 2017

June 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (June 12, 1767).“The Indian King Tavern and London Coffee House in Salem, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay.” Thomas Sommerville was the proprietor...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Jun 2017

Crown and Anchor Dice Game.

Dice Players By Giuseppe Maria Crespi.  The dice game known as Crown and Anchor has been known since the early 18th century, & was apparently a favourite game played by seamen. Approx. 17.5 x 17 inches. Hand painted gambling board for the...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 1 Mar 2017

January 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Mercury (January 19, 1767).“SKATES, OF different sizes.” Hubert Van Wagenen sold a variety of goods – from “Ironmongery and Cutlery” to textiles...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Jan 2017


What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (September 20, 1766).“To be RUN … by any Horse, Mare, or Gelding.” Yesterday’s advertisement promoted a lottery for “SUNDRY Millinery Goods”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Sep 2016

September 18

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? Pennsylvania Gazette (September 18, 1766).“Those gentlemen and ladies that incline to take the country air … may depend upon having good usage.” Residents of Philadelphia...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 Sep 2016

Casting Dice

The sheer beauty of the Chestnut Street park this spring–just outside my bedroom window–combined with the solicitousness of my neighbors in picking up after their dogs (newly allowed this year) has got me thinking about lawn games, played,...
From: streets of salem on 21 May 2015

A West India sportsman

A satire on the decadence of Englishmen in West Indies, published shortly after the successful passage of Wilberforce’s bill to abolish slavery. Printmaker: F., J., printmaker. Title: A West India sportsman : [graphic] / : Make haste with...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 28 Oct 2014

People of the 18th-century leisure class knew how to...

People of the 18th-century leisure class knew how to entertain themselves. Painting offered hours of “heureusement,” for both the artist and the sitters. An evening filled with musical diversions was typical following supper in a wealthy household....

English Pleasure Gardens

Vauxhall Gardens shewing the Grand Walk at the Entrance of the Garden and the Orchestra with the Music Playing. John S. Muller, ca. 1715-1792, German, active in Britain; after Samuel Wale, 1721-1786, British. After 1751. Yale Center for British Art, Paul...

Book Review: The Gods of Gotham

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye My rating: 2 of 5 stars What is it about 1850s New York and 1890s London? Lately I feel I’ve been swamped in sepia tone, between Copper and Ripper Street on BBC America, Lincoln (all right, that’s 1860s Washington,...
From: Diane Jakacki on 31 Jan 2013

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.