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Spending time with cookbooks

 When I was growing up, visits to my grandparents' house always involved hours of poring over the pictures in the Time-Life Foods of the World cookbook series. In retrospect, that's likely something that contributed to my fascination with global cuisines...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 15 Apr 2022

On reading and finding value

 I have made no secret of my current treatment for depression. And I will continue to think about it -- and think about the ways it links to the many conflicts that are swirling about me and impacting the way that I view my life's work and my values.I...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 10 Apr 2022


GUEST CURATOR: Catherine Hurlburt What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Penknives, Quills, Ink Powder, Sealing-Wax & Wafers.” In this advertisement, James Lockwood put up for sale an array of books on various...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Mar 2022

Queuing for Knowledge and free Wi-Fi

The morning queue at the British Library. Photo: Gaby Mahlberg The queues at British Library are getting longer again. On this Tuesday morning just before 9.30 the line meanders across the forecourt right through to the gate on the Euston Road. Yet,...
From: The History Woman's Blog on 5 Mar 2022

PMRG CFP: Receiving and Reading the Poor, A themed panel in honour of Anne Scott

Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (Incorporated) – Call for papersReceiving and Reading the PoorA themed panel in honour of Anne Scott A scholar with diverse interests, Anne Scott was particularly known for her work on poverty and charity in the...
From: ANZAMEMS Inc on 10 Jan 2022

still reading

I can’t believe I called last year’s reading post “reading in a hellscape” when 2021 was lurking around the corner. Is 2021 worse than 2020? By sheer dint of not being dramatically better, yes, yes it is worse. This has been a shit year of rollercoastering....
From: Wynken de Worde on 28 Dec 2021

Tracking Joy: Mitigating the Negativity

 I admit that I am feeling a lot of negative emotions this week, which sometimes worries me that I’m heading for a type of bitterness and anger that I don’t want to have as my general attitude towards the world. There are moments when that bitterness...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 6 Aug 2021

What I’m Reading this Summer

I haven’t done a reading list in a while and I have really been reading, so it’s time. It’s been a voracious reading summer for me: it’s as if I was emptied out by writing my own book and I need to fill myself up! There are the usual random categories...
From: streets of salem on 21 Jul 2021

This week’s little pleasures

 This past weekend was farmer’s market weekend, so I bought lots of fruit (I managed to consume very little of it before it got eaten up by other members of my household.)Things I cooked that made me happy:Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic and Pepper...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 13 Jul 2021

Early Modern Digital Humanities

I’ve added a page to my website giving details of some of the main online databases and resources for the early modern period. Click here: Early modern digital humanities. I’m sure there are many useful resources I haven’t added, so please let...

Half Time Oranges

I realised this morning that I’ve finished the first year of my two years of AHRC-funded research on ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’ project! I’m about to go on the holiday we booked last January for Easter 2020 then rebooked for Easter 2021 as ‘it...
From: The Romantic Ridiculous on 29 May 2021


It’s a common enough tale, I suppose. Young man goes to Cambridge, studies law, goes to the inner Temple to complete his training, gets converted to Catholicism and ends up being hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Maurus Scott was one of...

Astrology: Bugbear of Science

A recent survey of the “Conceptions of Science in Byzantium” opens with a general comment about the term “science”, and by extension the concept “science”. The author roots “science” in the culturally specific...
From: Darin Hayton on 2 Jan 2021

reading in a hellscape

Well, this year didn’t go the way we thought it was going to at the start, did it? And I can’t even really remember this year accurately it turns out. I thought I hardly read anything, but I read slightly more than I did last year—65...
From: Wynken de Worde on 31 Dec 2020

The Ridiculous Becomes Reality

Texts and Rationales for ‘Table Talks 1: New Approaches to Romanticism and the Natural World’ ‘Table Talks’ are interactive workshops linked to ‘The Romantic Ridiculous’ project, designed to share work-in-progress...
From: The Romantic Ridiculous on 6 Nov 2020

William Maxwell’s Wife

ON 28 JUNE 1679, WILLIAM MAXWELL was quizzed by members of the Scottish Privy Council about his role in a recent uprising. Maxwell, a carrier from Kirkcudbright, Galloway, was one of perhaps as many as 10,000 Scots who gathered in arms across the southwest...
From: Reading Rebel Voices on 19 Oct 2020

Why Read Historical Fiction Set in Sixteenth Century France? 10 Reasons

In these turbulent times, as society reels from pandemic, natural disasters, and political turmoil, one might reasonably ask: "Why read historical fiction? And why, in particular, historical fiction set in sixteenth century France?" The companion question--why...
From: Writing the Renaissance on 23 Sep 2020

The Readers called Methodists: A Review of Pulpit, Press, and Politics

Todd Webb Scott McLaren, Pulpit, Press, and Politics: Methodists and the Market for Books in Upper Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019) By the early 1860s, Methodism had become the largest Protestant denomination in the future provinces...
From: Borealia on 14 Sep 2020

Summer 2020 Reading List: What I Would Have Read

I’m a bit late with this summer reading list: it’s August! And this list is more intentional than actual, so I’m not going to be able to give informed commentary on most of these books. I planned to read all of them, but as soon as the...
From: streets of salem on 4 Aug 2020

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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.