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This Week on Dispatches: Todd Braisted on Benjamin Thompson’s Black Dragoons

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews researcher, writer, and JAR contributor Todd Braisted on loyalist Benjamin Thompson—later Count Mumford—and the provincial mounted regiment that... The post This Week...

Revisiting Christopher Heaney’s How to Make an Inca Mummy

In this last “revisiting” post in our August 2020 series, we return to a piece by Christopher Heaney in 2016 to learn about sixteenth-century Europeans and their use of the dead in medical recipes. Practitioners believed that preserved bodies...
From: The Recipes Project on 27 Aug 2020

Mr. Shaw and Mr. Dumaresq

While Nathaniel Shaw, Jr., of New London, Connecticut, was speculating on the likelihood of war by buying gunpowder in the Caribbean in early 1775, as discussed here, he was still broadening his commercial network.In particular, he made a new contact...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Feb 2020

July 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Newport Mercury (July 31, 1769). “The Shoe-making Business is still carried on at her Shop.” Elizabeth Mumford did not insert herself into the public prints until necessity...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 Jul 2019

Introducing… the social media editor

This post is the first in a series in which the academics behind Cerae will introduce themselves and their research, to give a flavour of the diverse people and interests contributing to the running of a burgeoning academic journal. I’m Kirsty and...
From: CERAE Impressions: A Blog on 26 Mar 2018

A Distorted Picture

Modern man has formed a curiously distorted picture of himself, by interpreting his early history in terms of his present interests in making machines and conquering nature. And then in turn he has justified his present concerns by calling his prehistoric...
From: Darin Hayton on 19 Oct 2017

August 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (August 15, 1767).“Will also sell with or without the Walk, two likely Negro Men.” When William Mumford and John Cole decided to sell their ropewalk...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Aug 2017

Big Data for Dead People: Digital Readings and the Conundrums of Positivism

The following post is drawn from the text of a keynote talk I delivered at the CVCE conference on 'Reading Historical Sources in the Digital Age', held in Luxembourg on the 4th and 5th of December 2013. In the nature of these kinds of texts the writing...
From: Historyonics on 9 Dec 2013

How to Make an Inca Mummy

Christopher Heaney   As any National Geographic reader will tell you, the Incas and their predecessors in the Andes made mummies, that category of deceased being whose selfhood is artificially or environmentally preserved. In the sixteenth century,...
From: The Recipes Project on 28 Jul 2016

Reviews Mumford, “Vertical Empire” in CSSH July 2014

Caterina Pizzigoni reviews Jeremy Ravi Mumford, Vertical Empire: The General Resettlement of Indians in the Colonial Andes (Duke, 2012), in Comparative Studies in Society & History 56/3 (2014).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 2 Jun 2016

Why Did Seventeenth-Century Europeans Eat Mummies?

Brazilian BBQ from Theodor de Bry, America Tertiae Pars (1592). In a previous post, I touched on the phenomenon of "cannibal medicine" in early modern Europe. It turns out that it was surprisingly common for medical patients in the sixteenth, seventeenth...
From: Res Obscura on 5 Dec 2015

Christmas traditions: The Mummers’ Play

The Ilmington Mumming play at the Howard Arms Christmas Day itself may have passed, but today as in past centuries the Christmas season continues. In Shakespeare’s time the Christmas period was marked by more home-grown traditions including the burning...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 30 Dec 2014

December Blogroll: Recent Researches

One of the compelling aspects of studying the early modern period in England is the web of cultural products that come to bear on the literature of the Renaissance. Increasingly I am drawn to imagining theatre of the period as both… Read more ›
From: Bite Thumbnails on 25 Nov 2014

How to Reanimate a Frog, 1906

"If a frog, turtle or even a land-loving toad, be left a comparatively short time to wander around the floor in the dry atmosphere of a modern dwelling house, it will dry up until it is at last so brittle that the legs may be broken like dried twigs....
From: Ask the Past on 6 Jun 2014

A recipe fit for a king

By Laurence Totelin One of my favourite characters in the history of ancient pharmacology is Attalus III, king of Pergamum (ruled from 138 to 133 BCE). As a king, he is remembered for bequeathing his small kingdom to Rome at … Continue reading →
From: The Recipes Project on 23 May 2013

Superstition springs eternal

We always say that Voltaire’s battles are far from over in the twenty-first century, but I usually think more of religious intolerance than of deeply ingrained superstition. A few weeks ago Sanal Edamaruku spoke in Oxford, hosted by Skeptics in the...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 9 May 2013

Infant and child mortality in Jamaica

A late 18th Century embroidered mourning scene for a young child worked on an ivory silk ground. The stylized scene includes a central tombstone with the inscription written in ink on silk: ‘In memory of Mifs Betsey Thomson who died Jun 29 1794...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 16 Feb 2013

Shakespeare’s World in 100 Objects: Number 68, an Elizabethan Penknife

This week’s 100 objects post looks at the subject of penknives and was written by Victoria Jackson from the History Department at the University of Birmingham.\n“A Game of Mumblety Peg Anyone?”\nAn Elizabethan penknife from Southwark,...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 25 Jan 2013

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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.