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Imperfect practice: a case for making early modern recipes badly

By Kate Owen I used to think “what’s the point of recipe making if you know you will not be making them with the diligence and expertise needed for practice based research?” Recreating early modern recipes is not part of my academic work and the...
From: The Recipes Project on 2 Dec 2021

No books and exhibitions round-up for December

It looks like I don’t have much on my tracking sheet for December (and, as always, that probably means I’m missing stuff) so there wont be a round-up post this month. I do want to mention the British Library TudorFest that I linked last month is...
From: Blog on 1 Dec 2021

Caprioli, “Charles V, Barbarossa, & Habsburg Diplomatic Practice in the Muslim Mediterranean,” JEMH Oct 2021

Francesco Caprioli, “The ‘Sheep’ and the ‘Lion’: Charles V, Barbarossa, and Habsburg Diplomatic Practice in the Muslim Mediterranean (1534-1542),” Journal of Early Modern History, Oct 2021.
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 30 Nov 2021

Reading the Gardens at Vallée aux Loups

Age of Revolutions is happy to present its “Art of Revolution” series. You can read through the entire series here as they become available. By Kyra Sanchez Clapper Like the transitionary periods between philosophical movements, private gardens...
From: Age of Revolutions on 29 Nov 2021

Women’s Voices from a Norfolk Asylum

The Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from the earliest...
From: Perceptions of Pregnancy on 29 Nov 2021

Extraordinary Georgian Characters

I came across a couple of really interesting characters who were said to have been very well known in their local area, at the time.  The first was a Martha Staninought, who today, would possibly have been identified as having mental health issues, but...
From: All Things Georgian on 29 Nov 2021

Nobody Messes with Godfrey Giffard, Bishop of Worcester: Punishing the Violators of Sanctuary

Posted by Sara M. Butler, 26 November 2021. All Hallows in London. A felon’s right to claim sanctuary upon sacred ground for a period of forty days is hardly a new subject for this blog (see previous blogs by McSheffrey, Butler, Kesselring, and...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 26 Nov 2021

Beyond the Old White Men: Women in English Republicanism

‘The history of old white men is on its way out’, a friend of mine and I agreed on a recent Zoom call. He is working on seventeenth-century English royalist thought, I’m working on republicanism. We’re both interested in gender issues and wondering...
From: The History Woman's Blog on 26 Nov 2021

Luigi Galvani, animal electricity and the creation of Frankenstein

Would Mary Shelley have conceived of Frankenstein without the work of Italian scientist Luigi Galvani? Looking back at its creation, she recalled long conversations with Lord Byron and her husband about Galvani’s ideas. “Perhaps a corpse would be...
From: Mathew Lyons on 25 Nov 2021

Letter of James Renwick in #Edinburgh to Robert Hamilton in Leeuwarden, 14 November 1683. #History #Scotland

On 14 November, 1683, James Renwick, who had recently returned to Scotland and begun field preaching, wrote to Robert Hamilton, in Leeuwarden. As ever in their private correspondence, Renwick was frank about the difficulties he perceived in the United...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 25 Nov 2021

The astronomical librarian 

I’m continuing my look at the French mathematician astronomers of the seventeenth century with some of those, who were both members of Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc’s group of telescopic, astronomical observers, as well as Marin Mersenne’s informal Academia...
From: The Renaissance Mathematicus on 24 Nov 2021

A Sixth Revolution Around the Sun

By Bryan A. Banks and Cindy Ermus Has it been six years already? It has, and what journey it has been! (Check out the last 5 years worth of round ups here.) This past year has brought on new opportunities and has seen the Age of Revolutions site and...
From: Age of Revolutions on 22 Nov 2021

A Peaceful Thanksgiving from Plymouth

In full disclosure, as I write this, I am not in Plymouth: I’m actually in New Jersey, soon to go back to Massachusetts for a spell and then to Vermont for Thanksgiving. But last weekend I was in Plymouth, which was getting everything ready for the...
From: streets of salem on 21 Nov 2021

Anthony Joyce at The Three Stags Inn at Holborn Conduit

The above mid-17th century copper farthing token measures 15.4 mm and weighs 0.96 grams. It was issued by Anthony Joyce between late 1666 and early 1668. At the time of the token’s issue, Anthony was the landlord of The Three Stags inn which was located...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 20 Nov 2021

Mapping the Early Modern World

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library will be offering a NEH Summer Institute for faculty on Mapping the Early Modern World. Here is the announcement from the Center for Renaissance Studies: Mapping the Early Modern World...

Life without parole: the strange case of Typhoid Mary

The way George Soper told it, it might have been a case for Sherlock Holmes. “The typhoid epidemic that broke out in the Summer home of Mr George Thompson at Oyster Bay was a puzzling affair,” he told the New York Times. It was 1906 and typhoid was...
From: Mathew Lyons on 18 Nov 2021

Cha (ឆា):The Remarkable Role of Stir-Fries in Khmer Gastronomy and Healing

By Ashley Thuthao Keng Dam Within the grand, yet nebulous universe of what food and culture writers deem as “Asian” cooking and gastronomy, there is a deep love and affinity for the stir-fry. In a hot oily pan, various combinations of vegetables and...
From: The Recipes Project on 18 Nov 2021

Archives Technician Job Opening

The National Archives is currently advertising an Archives Technician position in the Midwest. Undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates in History at Northern Illinois University may be interested in applying for this position. ...

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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

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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.