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Property Rites: How ‘modern’ is the story of Mary Ashford?

As a warning to female virtue, and a humbleMonument to female chastity,This stone marks the grave ofMARY ASHFORD,Who, in the 20th year of her age,Having incautiously repaired to aScene of amusement, without proper protection,Was brutally violated and...
From: Naomi Clifford on 27 Apr 2021

Online talk: Louise Michel in South London

In 1883 the feminist anarchist Louise Michel visited a south London workhouse. Why was the opinion of this ex-convict veteran of the Paris Commune on provision for the poor in London so valued? Find out at my free online talk on Wednesday 14 April...
From: Naomi Clifford on 7 Apr 2021

Talk: ‘By her own consent’ – The Murder of Mary Ashford and Rape Culture in the Georgian Era

This is a live online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access. Please come to my online presentation on the murder of Mary Ashford in 1817 on 8 December 2020 at 7pm. I will be exploring the rape culture of the 18th and early 19th...
From: Naomi Clifford on 3 Nov 2020

5 Georgian era drinking scenes

To commemorate the re-opening of pubs, bars, nightclubs and restaurants on 4 July 2020 following England’s (pointless IMO – but don’t get me started) period of lockdown, I bring you five scenes of drinking, each of them featuring at...
From: Naomi Clifford on 4 Jul 2020

“Is she or isn’t she?” How an age-old plea of pregnancy saved women from execution

I was all set to give a talk on 1 May at the National Theatre in London exploring themes in Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Welkin, which was then in performance. Of course, the Coronavirus lockdown meant everything was cancelled, so I am instead posting...
From: Naomi Clifford on 10 May 2020

Did Birmingham artist Samuel Lines know murdered Mary Ashford?

Early in the morning of Tuesday 27 May 1817, a labourer came across a pair of boots, a bonnet and bundle of clothes near a stagnant pit of water just north of the village of Erdington near Birmingham. He surmised that someone had gone into the pit and...
From: Naomi Clifford on 30 Mar 2020

The Legend of Margaret Catchpole

Over two hundred years after her death, Margaret Catchpole (1762–1811) is remembered by many – for the things she was not and the things she did not do, largely because someone who never met her wrote her purported biography, which was largely...
From: Naomi Clifford on 29 Dec 2019

There’s Something About Darcy by Gabrielle Malcolm

The subtitle of this book by the expert in Austen’s place in popular culture and the global fan world associated with Austen is The curious appeal of Jane Austen’s bewitching hero. And he has bewitched us. Dominant, alpha, sexist, stubborn,...
From: Naomi Clifford on 1 Dec 2019

The Violent Abuse of Women in 17th and 18th Century Britain by Geoffrey Pimm

The last moments of Catherine Hayes, burnt at the stake in 1726 at Tyburn in London, were gruesome in the extreme. The executioner failed to strangle her to death before the flames reached her – the wind whipped the flames over his hands and he...
From: Naomi Clifford on 31 Mar 2019

Five breeds of dog in the Georgian era

The children have left home… (almost). I need to do more exercise… (too inclined to be at my desk). Our dear cat has ascended to feline heaven… All this means we are now, apparently, contemplating Getting a Dog. I am a dog virgin...
From: Naomi Clifford on 31 Mar 2018

Captain Swing and the Blacksmith by Beatrice Parvin – Review

It’s nearly 200 years since the ‘Captain Swing’ riots – a spate of machine-breaking and arson in pockets of rural England in protest at the use of mechanised threshing during harvests. The incidents were often preceded by a warning...
From: Naomi Clifford on 28 Mar 2018

A Georgian Heroine by Joanne Major and Sarah Murden – Review

For their third book, Joanne Major and Sarah Murden, who specialise in bringing out obscure personalities from the hidden folds of history, have chosen Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs (1760s–1827), who was born in respectable ‘middling’...
From: Naomi Clifford on 11 Mar 2018

James Gillray – Part 2: Hannah Humphrey and the print shops of London

James Gillray, Monstrosities of Kensington Gardens, 1799. Published by Hannah Humphrey © The Trustees of the British MuseumIn my previous post on James Gillray, I looked at “Monstrosities” of 1799 – Kensington Gardens, a copy...
From: Naomi Clifford on 10 Mar 2018

James Gillray’s Monstrosities of Kensington Gardens – Part 1

For a recent landmark birthday some kind and generous friends clubbed together to give me a hand-coloured print by James Gillray. As you can imagine, I was – and am – utterly thrilled with it. It set me off on a bit of a mission to find out...
From: Naomi Clifford on 6 Mar 2018

The Long Room at Trinity College Library, Dublin

With libraries under pressure – in my home borough they are being closed, reduced to unstaffed stacks, and, bizarrely, reconfigured as  gyms (it’s not a pretty story) – my feelings around libraries are heightened. So when, earlier...
From: Naomi Clifford on 25 Feb 2018

Dark Days of Georgian Britain: Rethinking the Regency by James Hobson – Review

Oh, how I wish James Hobson had been my school history teacher. I loved history, naturally, and indeed my history teachers (shout out to Mrs Woodings and Miss Piachaud, wherever you are) but still, if I had had Mr Hobson to take me through what it meant...
From: Naomi Clifford on 21 Feb 2018

My guest blog for Geri Walton: Women on trial for infanticide

  The alternative gravestone erected for Mary Morgan. Courtesy of Find a GraveGeri Walton has hosted my guest blog Desperate Measures: Women on trial for infanticide in the early 19th century, in which I look at some of the defences offered...
From: Naomi Clifford on 19 Feb 2018

Catherine Andras, model-maker to royalty

Last week I visited the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin where I came across this item (with apologies for the atrocious photography): A wax model, housed in a wooden box, of Rose Bruce née Rainey (1728–1806), the widow of Samuel Bruce,...
From: Naomi Clifford on 18 Feb 2018

Criminal Lives exhibition at the London Metropolitan Archives

Criminal Lives: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts 1780–1925 is part of the AHRC Digital Panopticon project, which aims to integrate millions of records from around 50 datasets relating to the lives of 90,000 convicts from the Old Bailey. This is a compact...
From: Naomi Clifford on 17 Feb 2018

Women and the Gallows in Your Family History magazine

My article ‘Unfortunate Wretches’ on how I researched women executed in England and Wales in the late Georgian period for my book Women and the Gallows 1797–1837 was published in Your Family History magazine in their Criminal History...
From: Naomi Clifford on 15 Feb 2018

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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.

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Caveats and Work in Progress

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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).

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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.