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Birds, Beasts, Maps, and Books: The Search for Richard Daniel, Esquire

A guest post by Danielle Skeehan Even before research libraries shut down in March 2020, digitization efforts had already changed how we access archives and how we can do research. From the comfort of my home, I can do a keyword search in Readex, EEBO,...
From: The Collation on 4 May 2021

The Italian Job; Or, an audience with the Pope

I have long known that Macintosh visited Rome (he bought several books there in late 1790), but the details of his visit have remained sketchy. Thanks to some recent translation work done for my by Dr Emily Hayes of some of the French-language material...

‘Great fears of the Sicknesse here in the City’: Researching news in the 1665 plague during a pandemic

Our latest Postgraduate and Early Career Takeover post is by Nikki Clarke. She is a PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London. Nikki’s research focuses on how people gathered and assessed news in seventeenth-century England. You can find her...
From: the many-headed monster on 4 May 2021

May the Fourth Be with Me

Last night, I decided that the time had come. I had waited long enough. As soon as the house was quiet and I could be certain that everyone was asleep, I put on my brand new maroon coat — I decided that maroon was going to be my colour — my...
From: The Romantic Ridiculous on 4 May 2021

Interview with Nicole Maceira Cumming, University of Glasgow

Tell us a bit yourself. Where are you from? I was born in Falkirk, but I have lived in Glasgow for the past ten years, during which time I completed my MA (Hons) History and… More

A proposal of marriage from 1823

Reading other people’s marriage proposals is somewhat intrusive – I recently came across the one written by my Dad to my Mother  from the early years of the last war, and felt distinctly awkward about reading his declaration of love –...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 2 May 2021

Sea Sense: Blue Humanities and the Early Modern Imaginary (Zoom-Irvine, 4/28-5/1/2021)

There’s a soap bubble velocity to Zoomlandia. For three days you’re down deep, inside a small but intense mini-conference, hearing words and parsing images, making connections and imagining futures. Then — pop! — the Zoom ends....
From: The Bookfish on 1 May 2021

Singing for the Lord Mayor’s Show (in 1620!)

Back in October last year, I was really pleased to record the two part song for the Lord Mayor’s Show in 1620, for Prof Tracey Hill to use as part of her live-tweeting of the show. As far as we know, it hasn’t been heard in the intervening...
From: Early Modern Ballads on 30 Apr 2021

April in review

The end of the beginning? Today marks the midway point of my (extended) Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship: eight months down, eight to go. This is a good moment, therefore, to take stock of where I am and what I still need to do. As much as it...

Lies, Personalities and Unparliamentary Expressions

It often puzzles people that accusing someone of lying in parliament seems to be taken more seriously than actually lying – at least that there is some consequence. The member who has made the accusation is called on to withdraw, or rephrase, the...
From: History of Parliament on 29 Apr 2021

Events: Commerce, Experiment, Innovation & the Arts online symposium

Maynooth University and the Irish Georgian Society are partnering to deliver a live online symposium, ‘Speculative Minds: Commerce, Experiment, Innovation & the Arts in Georgian Ireland‘ on Thursday 27th May 2021....

Interview with Beth Cowen

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from? I lived in Yorkshire, in the north of England, until I moved for university at 18 – as you’ll probably be able to tell by… More

Sound at RSA Virtual 2021

  In this blog I want to draw attention to all of the fascinating research on early modern sound that is currently available for attendees of Virtual RSA to listen to until 23 May 2021. (I was making a version of this for myself and I thought I’d...
From: Early Modern Soundscapes on 23 Apr 2021

John Balshaw’s Jig – an update

I’ve recently been putting the final touches to my next book – my publication of my transcription of John Balshaw’s Jig, with the context around it too. The readers suggested somequite radical structural changes which I worked on before...
From: Early Modern Ballads on 23 Apr 2021

New page added – Memorials Map

Check out my new page with a map showing the location of memorials to Tudor noblemen – perfect for planning church crawls! I will be expanding the content to a wider time period and with more noblewomen & notable gentry.
From: Kirsten Claiden-Yardley on 22 Apr 2021

Domestic Violence and Rough Justice in Star Chamber (1612)

Posted by Krista J. Kesselring, 20 April 2021. ‘Justice’ comes in many forms. Women mired in violent marriages in early modern England had little hope of formal, legal escape but might try for justice of a rougher sort. A woman might seek...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 20 Apr 2021

Skirrets (fried three ways)

A few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see a unique vegetable listed on Green Meadow Farm‘s farm share announcement: skirret. This European root vegetable was very popular in Renaissance cookery and is now rarely cultivated. I’ve...
From: Cooking in the Archives on 19 Apr 2021

Ioannes Dantiscus: the Corpus of Texts and Correspondence

Publication in EMLO today of the inventory of the correspondence of Ioannes Dantiscus marks the culmination of a collaboration between two major international projects: the ‘Registration and Publication of Ioannes Dantiscus’ Correspondence’...
From: Cultures of Knowledge on 19 Apr 2021

Q and A with Irini Picolou, MEMSA’s Journal Officer

Tell us a bit about yourself, where are you from and why did you choose to come to Durham? My name is Irini, I am from London and I studied at Durham for my BA… More

Hilmorton Hearth Ta

At the time of the Hearth Tax Hillmorton was a parish in the Rugby District of the Knightlow Hundred in the County of Warwickshire.  Sources Hearth Tax returns were photographed by The Mormons in 1959 from original documents and the resulting...
From: Hearth Tax Online on 16 Apr 2021

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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.