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Managing Melancholy

In 1621 the scholar Robert Burton published The Anatomy of Melancholy. In this weighty tome Burton presented a medical discussion of the disease Melancholy (what would now cover a range of conditions including depression). The English translation of Lazare...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 17 Mar 2020

The Man with an Elephant’s Nose

by Amie Bolissian McRae In sixteenth-century Leuven, a troubled man sent for a physician to help him with his unusually long nose. The man believed that his nose was of ‘such a prodigious length’, it resembled the ‘snoute’...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 6 Mar 2019

Changing Places in America ‒ An Emotional History

By Susan J. Matt (Weber State University) Sitting on a plane last week, I spoke with the woman next to me. An American whose mother was Tongan, she had spent her childhood in Tonga. She missed the small island she’d lived on, noting that ‘everyone...
From: Histories of Emotion on 12 May 2017

Patient #1

On May 20, 1817, five days after the Friends’ Asylum opened, a woman in her late 40s, who had been suffering from melancholy for 11 years was admitted to the asylum as Patient #1.[1] Neither the superintendent nor the attending physician noted who...
From: Darin Hayton on 17 Mar 2017

Fire writing and Emotional Health

Image: ‘Bushfire burning through undergrowth’. n.d. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.By Grace Moore, The University of Melbourne  Earlier this month, after almost eight years, survivors of the Black Saturday bushfires of February...
From: Histories of Emotion on 29 Dec 2016

Emotions Left Behind: Other Narratives of Early Modern Migration

Sebastian Vrancx, Soldiers plundering a farmhouse, ca. 1600. Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin.By Susan Broomhall, The University of Western Australia In National Refugee Week (19–26 June 2016), it seems fitting to consider the emotional experiences...
From: Histories of Emotion on 24 Jun 2016

Valuing sadness, past and present

March was a big month for me – my first monograph, Beyond Melancholy, came out with Oxford University Press. The book focuses on the different ways in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries understood and thought about sadness,...
From: Digital Shakespeares on 21 Jun 2016

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 96

Thought, with good cause thou lik’st so well the night, Since kind or chance gives both one livery; Both sadly black, both blackly darkened be, Night barred from sun, thou from thy own sun’s light. Silence in...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 3 Mar 2016

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 94

Grief, find the words; for thou hast made my brain So dark with misty vapours, which arise From out thy heavy mould, that inbent eyes Can scarce discern the shape of mine own pain. Do thou then (for thou canst), do thou complain For my poor soul, which...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 5 Feb 2016

Sorrowful spaces: more on the material culture of emotions

The interface between material culture and emotions is something that I am thinking a lot about. I wrote a blog post on the house as an object and a space that materialises emotions – ‘The voice of the house’. Here… Continue reading →
From: Joanne Bailey Muses on History on 19 Feb 2015

History Carnival 135

If “Carnival” still makes you think of calypso or Bakhtin, you’ve been missing out.  The monthly History Carnival is a collection of – and showcase for – blog posts that say something about history.This month we have a number of fantastic...

Melancholy: the English Disease

The history of psychiatry and mental health – not surgery – was my first real introduction to “doing” not only early modern English history, but the history of medicine as well.  The fascination with historical understandings of mental health...

How to Eat Bread, 1634

Arm und Reich (17th c.)"Bread that commeth hote from the Oven is unwholesome... hot bread causeth thirstinesse, by reason that it is hot, for it swimmeth in the stomacke, by reason of his vaporous humidity: yet it is of quicke digestion, and descendeth...
From: Ask the Past on 23 Apr 2014

Sadness and the four humours in Shakespeare

Hamlet – the Gower Memorial The February 2014 meeting of the Stratford Shakespeare Club featured Dr Erin Sullivan, Lecturer and Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, speaking on Beyond Melancholy – Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England....
From: The Shakespeare blog on 18 Feb 2014

“Vegetable Love”: Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress,” Herrick’s “The Vine,” and the Attraction of Plants

In his poem “To His Coy Mistress,” Andrew Marvell’s speaker begins by imagining a scenario in which he and his lover have all the time in the world to love one another without a fear of death. During the course of his musings, the lover makes an...

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 27

Because I oft, in dark abstracted guise Seem most alone in greatest company, With dearth of words, or answers quite awry, To them that would make speech of speech arise, They deem, and of their doom the rumor flies, That poison foul of bubbling pride...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 11 Jul 2013

Some “Fishy” Remedies for Madness and Melancholy

By Pamela Deagle Johanna St. John’s recipe book contains many interesting and unusual recipes on the treatment of madness, melancholy, and fits of the mother early modern. These recipes offer clues to the domestic understanding of mental illness and...
From: The Recipes Project on 13 Dec 2012

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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.