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Did Birmingham artist Samuel Lines know murdered Mary Ashford?

Early in the morning of Tuesday 27 May 1817, a labourer came across a pair of boots, a bonnet and bundle of clothes near a stagnant pit of water just north of the village of Erdington near Birmingham. He surmised that someone had gone into the pit and...
From: Naomi Clifford on 30 Mar 2020

Unvarnished truth? The unreliable autobiography of Mary Saxby

Mary Saxby’s memoirs of life as an itinerant in late Georgian England paint a vivid picture of harassment, vulnerability and near destitution, but they were written with a particular purpose in mind – as a story of conversion of a sinful woman...
From: Naomi Clifford on 27 Feb 2020

The Legend of Margaret Catchpole

Over two hundred years after her death, Margaret Catchpole (1762–1811) is remembered by many – for the things she was not and the things she did not do, largely because someone who never met her wrote her purported biography, which was largely...
From: Naomi Clifford on 29 Dec 2019

Pirates & Privateers Newsletter.

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From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 20 Aug 2019

Five breeds of dog in the Georgian era

The children have left home… (almost). I need to do more exercise… (too inclined to be at my desk). Our dear cat has ascended to feline heaven… All this means we are now, apparently, contemplating Getting a Dog. I am a dog virgin...
From: Naomi Clifford on 31 Mar 2018

Captain Swing and the Blacksmith by Beatrice Parvin – Review

It’s nearly 200 years since the ‘Captain Swing’ riots – a spate of machine-breaking and arson in pockets of rural England in protest at the use of mechanised threshing during harvests. The incidents were often preceded by a warning...
From: Naomi Clifford on 28 Mar 2018

James Gillray – Part 2: Hannah Humphrey and the print shops of London

James Gillray, Monstrosities of Kensington Gardens, 1799. Published by Hannah Humphrey © The Trustees of the British MuseumIn my previous post on James Gillray, I looked at “Monstrosities” of 1799 – Kensington Gardens, a copy...
From: Naomi Clifford on 10 Mar 2018

James Gillray’s Monstrosities of Kensington Gardens – Part 1

For a recent landmark birthday some kind and generous friends clubbed together to give me a hand-coloured print by James Gillray. As you can imagine, I was – and am – utterly thrilled with it. It set me off on a bit of a mission to find out...
From: Naomi Clifford on 6 Mar 2018

Subscribe to my newsletter and get a chance to win a book or an Audible edition of the Josephine B. Trilogy

I’ve a newsletter about to go out, and I want to remind my wonderful readers who aren’t on my newsletter mailing list that you’re missing a chance to win one of my books — or (for the first time!) win an Audible edition of the...
From: Baroque Explorations on 27 Feb 2018

The Long Room at Trinity College Library, Dublin

With libraries under pressure – in my home borough they are being closed, reduced to unstaffed stacks, and, bizarrely, reconfigured as  gyms (it’s not a pretty story) – my feelings around libraries are heightened. So when, earlier...
From: Naomi Clifford on 25 Feb 2018

Catherine Andras, model-maker to royalty

Last week I visited the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin where I came across this item (with apologies for the atrocious photography): A wax model, housed in a wooden box, of Rose Bruce née Rainey (1728–1806), the widow of Samuel Bruce,...
From: Naomi Clifford on 18 Feb 2018

Women and the Gallows in Your Family History magazine

My article ‘Unfortunate Wretches’ on how I researched women executed in England and Wales in the late Georgian period for my book Women and the Gallows 1797–1837 was published in Your Family History magazine in their Criminal History...
From: Naomi Clifford on 15 Feb 2018

ASPHS Newsletter, Fall 2017

ASPHS Newsletter, Vol 8 (Fall, 2017): Jessica A. Boon, “The Study of Religion as Social History: Imagining the Passion in Post-Convivencia Castile, c. 1500.” Timothy D. Walker, Report on “Tracking the Early Modern Drug Trade in...
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 2 Feb 2018

The life and death of Jerry Abershaw, highwayman

My article Kennington, 1795: a highwayman’s dance of death on the gallows about Jerry Abershaw, who was executed at Kennington Common, Surrey, has just been published on vauxhallhistory.org. Abershaw (also known as Avershaw) was one of the...
From: Naomi Clifford on 31 Jan 2018

Spa Fields riots: The raid on Beckwith’s gun shop

On 2 December 1816, Taunton solicitor Henry James Leigh wrote to his wife Anne Whitmarsh Waters from the New Hummums, the Covent Garden hotel where he habitually lodged when his business took him to London. He was up in town with his client George Lowman...
From: Naomi Clifford on 16 Jan 2018

Basic Instincts: The art of Joseph Highmore at the Foundling Museum

It is, of course, somewhat daft to review an exhibition after it has closed. It was all my own fault for leaving my visit to ‘Basic Instincts: The Art of Joseph Highmore’ at the Foundling Museum in London to the very last day. Still, my procrastination...
From: Naomi Clifford on 11 Jan 2018

Happy Christmas to one and all!

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From: Naomi Clifford on 23 Dec 2017

12 scenes of Christmas

Ah Christmas. These days magic has clean gone out of it. It’s all about showing off, too many presents, getting drunk and bad sex at the office party. Hmmm. Actually, if you look at this selection of 12 depictions from the late 18th century to the...
From: Naomi Clifford on 19 Dec 2017

1814: Murder or manslaughter? The trial of Mary Ann Adlam

After researching so many women who were sent to the gallows, 1 sometimes for non-violent crimes or for murders that arisen out of years of abuse, it was heartening to read this story about Mary Ann Adlam who stabbed her husband during an altercation...
From: Naomi Clifford on 12 Dec 2017

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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:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s={search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=london

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=Gunpowder%20Plot&exact=on

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.