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Yellow Fever and Church Attendance

John Adams was certain he made a mistake by going to church. Philadelphia’s yellow fever outbreak only ended in November 1793. On Sunday, December... The post Yellow Fever and Church Attendance appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Coleridge and the Snake God Sock Puppet

Strap in for this wild ride – a weird corollary to yesterday’s post on Coloridng – in which Coleridge quotes an Ancient Greek Snake God sock puppet (possibly)! So, working through Coleridge’s engagement with Jean Paul in the...
From: The Romantic Ridiculous on 14 Oct 2020

Tracking Epidemic Disease in 17th Century London

Two panels from a contemporary broadsheet (1665/6) showing the work of the Searchers who collected the cause of death data for the Bills of Mortality: in the lefthand panel they are present in a house afflicted by plague, while in the righthand panel...

The Last Stitch

Outlander, Season 3 (2017).Follower Justin Anderson e-mailed me a short time ago with a specific request:I'm curious if you have any insights into the origins of the idea that burial shrouds had a final stitch which passed through the nose? I see you...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 17 Mar 2020

Public talk: “Racialising Mortality in Early Visual Culture and the Shakespearean Stage” by Dr Farah Karim-Cooper – 3rd December 2019

“Racialising Mortality in Early Visual Culture and the Shakespearean Stage” by Dr Farah Karim-Cooper . Tuesday 3rd December 2019, at 5pm,  in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin   As part of the Whitfield...
From: Shakespeare in Ireland on 19 Nov 2019

Sailors' Funerals

Death was ever present in the minds of people of the eighteenth century, and the dangers of the sea made it especially so among seamen. Much has been written on eighteenth-century funerary practices afloat and ashore. Burial at sea has featured prominently...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 6 Aug 2018


Detail from Admiral Hosier's Ghost, Charles Mosley, 1740, John Carter Brown Library.Today I'm taking a very quick look at what historians have to say about mortality rates among common sailors.The actual occurrence of death at sea was not uncommon, but...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 9 May 2018

Everything and nothing: Hamlet, Part 1

December 28 O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! (2.2.527) “I think I’m going to switch back to beer,” I announced, not they cared. My wife, brother, and I were chatting after our Christmas dinner, observed. In the fridge, there...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 19 Feb 2017

“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow”: Macbeth, mortality, and mantras

With a jaunty jump, I burst into the bedroom, my arms theatrically outspread: “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.” My wife looked up from her iPad, startled. She was enjoying a lazy Sunday morning in bed. I had just finished Macbeth. “Tomorrow,...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 9 Nov 2016

“How many people were killed by the Great Fire of London?” Perhaps more than you thought?

While few died in the making of this blank area on the map of London, many more were killed filling it in again. “How many people were killed by the Great Fire of London?” A question often asked and on the occasion of the 350th anniversary...

Valuing sadness, past and present

March was a big month for me – my first monograph, Beyond Melancholy, came out with Oxford University Press. The book focuses on the different ways in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries understood and thought about sadness,...
From: Digital Shakespeares on 21 Jun 2016

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 95

Yet sighs, dear sighs, indeed true friends you are, That do not leave your least friend at the worst; But as you with my breast I oft have nursed, So grateful now you wait upon my care. Faint coward joy no longer tarry dare, Seeing hope yield when...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 19 Feb 2016

This blasted heath: Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth

Last month I wrote the following post for Oxford University Press’s blog, as part of the launch of the New Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. I’m very pleased to re-share it here as part of DigitalShakespeares. Black Cuillin by Graham Lewis....
From: Digital Shakespeares on 30 Nov 2015

Human remains: some thoughts on the bones of Richard III

Over the course of this morning, thousands of people will gather in Leicester for the re-interment of the bones of Richard III. Many more – hundreds of thousands certainly – will watch proceedings on TV as Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury,...
From: Mathew Lyons on 26 Mar 2015

Tragedy in the Archives

A recent BBC news article made me think it high time to revive my blog, which has remained inactive since last summer due in part to me taking up a Wellcome Trust-funded doctoral post in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter last...
From: Deviant Maternity on 23 Feb 2015

The Allen Family of Glasgow & Inchmartine

Arms granted to John Allen in 1779 and matriculated to Henry Howard Allen in 1878 (Crown Copyright) Courtesy of Jonathan Allan It has been some time since I last uploaded a family tree, and last week I added an extended and updated version of the Allen...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 21 Jan 2014

The day a pint of beer saved a life in January 1730

Bad winter weather with bitter cold and thick fogs spread across London during January 1730. As a result there were several sudden deaths and accidental injuries. The Bill of Mortality for the week commencing 6 January shows only two sudden deaths: a...

May Book Review

Book Review Hello, my name is Edwyna, and I am a new Library and Archive Volunteer.  I hope you find this month’s Book Review interesting.  In order to cater for a wide range of tastes, this choice will hopefully be diverse enough in its attempt...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 21 May 2013

Infant and child mortality in Jamaica

A late 18th Century embroidered mourning scene for a young child worked on an ivory silk ground. The stylized scene includes a central tombstone with the inscription written in ink on silk: ‘In memory of Mifs Betsey Thomson who died Jun 29 1794...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 16 Feb 2013

Death in 1728

Of course, the parrot wasn’t the only one dying in London in 1728. The newspapers published a summary mortality table at the end of the year, in fact, in the case of the Ipswich Journal, the same page as that recording the unfortunate decease of...
From: Kirby and his world on 28 Jan 2013

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.