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Monthly Random Hearth Tax Transcript

This month’s random hearth tax transcript is… The Township of Broughton in the West Riding of Yorkshire Hearth Tax, 1672L Sir Stephen Tempest 19 Mr Yorke 2 Widd Tempest 2 Mr John Tempest 3 Robert Mitchell 3 John Iveson 1 Richard...
From: Hearth Tax Online on 17 Sep 2012

Warrior Pursuits in Libraries around the World

Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) is now available in more than 200 academic and research libraries around the world. WorldCat is one of the best online databases...

Digital versions of Bodleian catalogues of manuscripts

Click to view slideshow. Now online: digital copies of the Quarto Catalogues of Ashmole, Canonici, Digby, Laud, Rawlinson and Tanner collections, and of Greek Manuscripts. and Now online: the digital copy of the Summary Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts...
From: The Conveyor on 14 Sep 2012

CFP: Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300 – 1800

Interdisciplinary conference, University of York, 21-22 June 2013 The burgeoning field of sensory history offers a fertile ground for reconsideration of religious studies across disciplinary boundaries. We welcome papers from anthropologists, archaeologists,...
From: Early Modern Notes on 12 Sep 2012

James Renwick’s Halloween Preaching in 1686

On Hallowe’en, 1686, James Renwick preached at the Annick Water in Dreghorn parish, Ayrshire. Map of the Annick Water near Lambroughton earl of Linlithgow Four months after the preaching, the prisoners from it were brought before the earl of Linlithgow...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 12 Sep 2012

The Bodleian’s original First Folio of Shakespeare

The Bodleian’s original copy of the First Folio of William Shakespeare’s plays is the subject of a campaign to stabilize the volume through a conservation program,digitize the volume, and publish it freely online. This “Sprint for Shakespeare”...
From: The Conveyor on 11 Sep 2012

‘Crost by mistake’: Scribbling in early modern recipe books

By Elaine Leong As anyone familiar with early modern recipe collections well knows, recipe compilers liked to cross things out.  One compiler, Lady Anne Fanshawe, particularly springs to mind.  Her notebook is filled with pages of recipes which she...
From: The Recipes Project on 11 Sep 2012

A very abridged outline history

Today, the Rochester Bridge Trust had an open day.  My curiosity was piqued by the fact my Grandmother used to work for the Trust, and we went to look round the offices, chapel, and boardrooms; their historic roles are still performed today. The bridge,...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 8 Sep 2012

The Division of Robert Earl of Huntington

Have you ever had to cut the pages of an old book in order to read it? It’s like venturing into virgin territory, a frontier. It never fails to thrill. [Sandra Gulland's blog] This week I did something new: I had my first page-cutting adventure....
From: fourth degree burn on 7 Sep 2012

Cakes: Cooking and the recipe

  For this recipe I’m going back a little further than usual – the majority of the recipes I cook tend to be mid-17th century, but this one if from the late 16th century. I’m using Thomas Dawson’s The good huswifes jewell...
From: Gastronomy Archaeology on 2 Sep 2012

Cakes: History and background

Stacked Books Tassles by ChicosMom, found on Click the picture to head over there and have a look if you want to look at lots of amazing cakes and lose several hours of your life! Finally, a new post! I’m afraid the lack of...
From: Gastronomy Archaeology on 1 Sep 2012

Some thoughts on Spenser’s ‘exquisite pictures’

In the late sixteenth century, Gabriel Harvey updated his good friend Edmund Spenser on the atmosphere at their alma mater, the University of Cambridge.  Harvey, known for being somewhat particular but undoubtedly one of the most learned men of his generation,...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 29 Aug 2012

The Birkbeck Early Modern Society’s AGM and 6th Annual Students’ Conference: Science, Magic and Religion

SCIENCE, MAGIC and RELIGION  A one day conference to mark the retirement from Birkbeck of Prof. Michael Hunter  Saturday 22 September 2012, 10.30-16.30 Malet St, Room B18  10.30  AGM 11.00 Coffee break 11.15  Key Note Speech  Prof. Michael Hunter,...
From: The Early Modern Intelligencer on 28 Aug 2012

Early Modern Commons Update

My early modern blogs project, Early Modern Commons, is now more than a year old. Today I’ve posted a major overhaul of the backend (let’s call it v2.0), moving away from WordPress into a purpose-built database. Hopefully it’ll be lighter...
From: Early Modern Notes on 25 Aug 2012

Shakespeare by numbers

In November of last year, I attended a seminar given by Dr Jonathan Hope entitled Visualizing English Print from 1470-1800.  He outlined the aims of the Text Creation Partnership and gave several illustrations of the way in which printed texts could...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 24 Aug 2012

What is a ‘remedy collection’?: Recording medical information in the 17th century

What exactly is a ‘recipe collection’? The most obvious answer is something like the example shown below, a formal ‘receptaria’ book of medical receipts and remedies. In the early modern period, and across Europe, these types of collections were...
From: Dr Alun Withey on 22 Aug 2012

A Proverb of Encouragement.

It’s easy to get distracted. Heck, I’m distracted right now, because where do I find a picture for this one?* That’s not important right now. What’s important is making me feel justified in my tangential blog post when I should...
From: fourth degree burn on 21 Aug 2012

Preliminary Queen’s Men 1583 Touring Observations

This post represents initial considerations of Queen’s Men touring events in 1583. This is part of an ongoing project that uses temporospatial approaches to analysis of Elizabethan touring practices. I will present the first phase of this analysis...
From: The Tarlton Project on 18 Aug 2012

Illustrating 17th-century science: the Lister Sisters

Part of the display showing the complete process: from shell to sketchbook to engraved plate to printed illustration.\nThe Bodleian Library is displaying drawings, prints and the original copperplates used to print the engraved illustrations for Martin...
From: The Conveyor on 17 Aug 2012

The Daylight Gate: Jacobean Japes and Hammer Horror

Those Witches the fat Iaylor brought to Towne, An Argument so thin, persons so low Can neither yeeld much matter, nor great show. Despite Thomas Heywood’s and Richard Brome’s claim that their subject matter is not fit for ‘great show’, The...
From: Tympan and Frisket on 17 Aug 2012

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.