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Your search for posts with tags containing fencing found 19 posts

October 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “He proposes teaching COTILLONS in the newest taste.” The South Carolina Newspapers collection available via Accessible Archives is an invaluable resource for producing...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 3 Oct 2020

September 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “PETER VIANY.  CONTINUES to teach Fencing and Dancing.” Peter Vianey taught dancing and fencing in New York in the late 1760s and early 1770s.  To attract...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Sep 2020

Repertory and Reputation at the Curtain

Adeola Ogunbadewa is a research intern at the School of English at the University of Kent, where she is going into her final year reading for a BA in Spanish and Religious Studies.  She has been working on a project to develop a timeline of...
From: Before Shakespeare on 20 Jul 2020


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “FENCING, WITH BROAD AND SMALL SWORDS.” When fencing master P. Wallace arrived in Charleston, he placed an advertisement in the South-Carolina Gazette to inform...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Apr 2020

Pass Ye Remote: A Quest for Early Modern Entertainment Through Online Learning Resources

Welcome to Elizabethan England via the digital world! We’re lucky to have a range of exciting and innovative online resources at our disposal that make it possible to explore the entertainment and cultural activities of early modern England through...
From: Before Shakespeare on 16 Mar 2020

February 5

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? New-York Journal (February 2, 1769). “PETER VIANEY, Fencing and Dancing Master.” Peter Vianey’s advertisement that ran in the New-York Journal for four weeks...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 5 Feb 2019

Christmas, Newyeares tyde: A summary of works done and attendance given, 2018

The Elizabethan Office of the Revels begins an important section of its yearly accounts books headed “Christmas, Newyeares tyde, & Twelfetyde” with descriptions of “Woorkes doone & Attendaunce geven Abowte the new making, Translating,...
From: Before Shakespeare on 14 Dec 2018

November 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Pennsylvania Journal (November 17, 1768).“JULIET BONTAMPS, French Millener … MICHELLE BONTAMPS, Fencing master.” Juliet Bontamps, “French Millener,”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Nov 2018

The Curtain Rises: Post Match Report

On Saturday 21st, we enjoyed: seeing the puffed-up knight Huanebango being struck down by a disembodied voice, entering a sixteenth-century smoking area, meeting the cosmopolitan neighbours of 1580s Shoreditch, and learning how to use a sword and buckler…...
From: Before Shakespeare on 24 Jul 2018

The Curtain Rises (21 July 2018)

On 21 July, we and  MOLA, The Stage, and The Dolphin’s Back will explore the history and future possibilities for the Curtain playhouse with a public audience at Hackney House.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.  The Curtain is...
From: Before Shakespeare on 20 Jun 2018

September 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina and American General Gazette (September 4, 1767).“PIKE’s DANCING SCHOOL.” Mr. Pike, a dancing and fencing instructor, was well known to the residents...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Sep 2017

January 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (January 13, 1767).“ANNE IMER … has opened SCHOOL.” Less than two weeks into the new year, Charleston’s schoolmasters...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Jan 2017


What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? South-Carolina Gazette and Country Journal (September 2, 1766).“DANCING and FENCING.” Elite and middling colonists consider personal comportment an important aspect of demonstrating...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Sep 2016

Peter Tonkin’s Elizabethan ‘Master of Defence’ series: Thomas Musgrave and the Art of Fencing

Probably best to get things straight from the very first sentence: Thomas Musgrave, the hero of Peter Tonkin’s mini series of books set in 1590s London, may be a master swordsman, a Master of Defence, but quite apart from his other remarkable skills,...
From: renaissanceissues on 9 Mar 2015

Anatomy of a Duel

Hello everyone! After my last posting about judicial combat in Shakespeare’s comedies, a user commented that: “Imagining how Shakespeare learnt swordplay is as difficult as imagining how he became knowledgeable in the law, science, medicine, etc.”...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 3 Aug 2013

Shakespeare and the Olympic arts of war

Minoan boxers Although all sport is competitive, many of those which feature in the modern Olympics began as a way of training for warfare. Shakespeare brings several of them into his plays, including wrestling, archery and fencing. Self-defence sports...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 3 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.