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Spare Ribs

During my PhD I had trouble with my arms. After speaking to a fantastically enthusiastic surgeon it was revealed that I have cervical ribs. An extra set of ribs growing out of my cervical spine (you can see my x-ray
From: Early Modern Medicine on 1 Feb 2017

The Anglo-Dutch Fleet at the Battle of Barfleur/La Hogue 169

I’m delighted to be able to start the New Year with a really important guest blog from Frank Fox. Following on from his previous contributions on this site, which provided the most definitive listings of the fleets at the Battle of the Texel/Kijkduin...
From: Gentlemen and Tarpaulins on 2 Jan 2017

Happiness as a Colonial Science: new publication

In the wake of the Royal Society (London, 1660) and the Académie Royale (Paris, 1666), a slew of scientific societies formed in the later seventeenth-century European world, nodes in an expanding network of institutions devoted to experimental...
From: memorious on 21 Dec 2016

Metaphorical Magnitude

In my current project on men’s sexual health (including genitourinary conditions and afflictions of the groin) I have been reading a lot of descriptions and case notes of testicular swellings and hernias. One of the things that has stood out
From: Early Modern Medicine on 7 Dec 2016

Anne Taylor’s Stones

This week’s post discusses the case of  20-year-old Anne Taylor, who worked as a servant to a brewer named Sikes, in Romford, Essex. Anne was treated by chemical physician George Thompson (1619-1676) in February 1655. We last met Thompson in
From: Early Modern Medicine on 30 Nov 2016

Cabinets on Canvas

After stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving dinner the day before, and Thanksgiving breakfast pie yesterday morning, we walked downtown to the Peabody Essex Museum to see their latest blockbuster exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. It is a...
From: streets of salem on 26 Nov 2016

Fantastic Beasts (and where to find them)

When I need to find fantastic beasts I know precisely where to go: straight to Conrad Gessner’s five-volume Historiae animalium (1551-1558) or to its English variant, Edward Topsell’s History of Four–Footed Beasts...
From: streets of salem on 21 Nov 2016

‘He Barbarously Carried Hir Head in his Wallet’: Near Dalkeith, 1686 #History #Scotland

Lord Fountainhall reports: 6 December, 1686: ‘At Criminall Court, it was reported, one had murdered a woman near Dalkeith, and cut off hir head, because meiting hir on the hy-road, shee had discovered to him hir acquaintance shee had been receiving...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 19 Nov 2016

Perceptions of Pregnancy

As many regular readers will know along with Ciara Meehan I have been working hard finalising the proofs for an edited collection exploring Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century. We are very excited about the volume
From: Early Modern Medicine on 9 Nov 2016

Science Mixtape

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be the guest on Soho Radio’s Science Mixtape with Matilda Hey. If you would like to listen to the show it is available as a podcast.    
From: Early Modern Medicine on 31 Oct 2016

Dead Useful II: operating on the dead

Not too long ago I wrote a post about corpse medicine; the use of parts of the dead body in medicines. This could take the form of Stroking lumps and bumps with the hand of a hanged man, or including mummified flesh
From: Early Modern Medicine on 26 Oct 2016

The Contradictory Life of the Handkerchief

This blog post by Bella Mirabella explores the handkerchief, for early modern women a highly significant accessory. By Bella Mirabella 1. Due Dame, Due Cortigiane (1490-1495), by Vittore Carpaccio. Museo Correr, Venice.In his 1558 book,...

Conference Report: Reformation Studies Colloquium, Newcastle

The Reformation Studies Colloquium took place in Newcastle between Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th September. The event was well attended and featured speakers from a variety of countries. I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy all three days of the conference...
From: Theosophical Transactions on 18 Sep 2016

The Corpse Walk: Paris, 166

[This is excerpted from the talk I gave at the New York Academy of Medicine on 13 September 2016, which was itself excerpted from my book The Courtiers’ Anatomists] Under cover of night, the dead of Paris made their journey from the burial grounds...
From: Anita Guerrini on 16 Sep 2016

New publication: Alchemical transmutation and economic value in the seventeenth century

Self-promotion alert! (But if I don’t tell you, who will?) I’m happy to say that a piece I wrote on two seventeenth-century scientific projectors, Gabriel Plattes (c.1600-44) and William Petty (1623-87), has at long last come out as a chapter...
From: memorious on 15 Sep 2016

Conflagration Commemoration

Across the Atlantic, the year-long commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Great London Fire of 1666 is peaking this weekend, today actually, with a contained conflagration: a 400-foot wooden replica of the seventeenth-century city will go up in...
From: streets of salem on 4 Sep 2016

Seventeenth-Century Women of Color and the First Biography of an African Woman

In this guest blog post, Wendy Laura Belcher offers a brief introduction to Walatta Petros, an early modern African woman.  by Wendy Laura Belcher Walatta Petros in a vision. Photo by Claire Bosc-Tiesse, 1997. MS D, f. 132v (130v).Wälättä...

Trump and the Myth of Independence, Part

As noted in my last, I’d like to say a little more about a specific thread of Trumpism that seems to have gained traction among people who might not otherwise choose to identify publicly with a bigot. This is the idea that as a super–rich...
From: memorious on 9 Aug 2016

The Theosophical Transactions of the Philadelphians (No. 3)

The third volume of the Philadelphian's Theosophical  The movement faces its first criticisms  Transactions reveals that the enthusiasm present in the first and second volumes was on the decline. It starts with a condemnation of an attack...
From: Theosophical Transactions on 8 Aug 2016

The Maladies of Midwives

While doing some research for the book Sara and I are writing on diseases and medicines in the early modern era I came across a book published in 1703 by Italian doctor Bernardino Ramazzini. Sometimes referred to as the father
From: Early Modern Medicine on 3 Aug 2016

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.