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“The Girl she has with her, wants more care than the child”

After five weeks at sea, Polly Jefferson and Sally Hemings (see previous post) arrived in London. Thomas Jefferson was not on hand to greet them, having sent Adrien Petit in his place with orders to bring them to Paris. Abigail Adams was living in London...
From: In the Words of Women on 26 Jan 2015

Shakespeare in London

Tower of London With the ending of the RSC’s London season of the two Henry IV plays, performances of Shakespeare’s plays in the capital are currently a little few and far between. Shakespeare’s Globe is taking its winter break, and the new Sam...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 26 Jan 2015

At the sign of the Lobster by the maypole in the Strand

A farthing tradesman’s token issued at the sign of the Lobster by the maypole in the Strand, Westminster. The above copper farthing token measures 15.6 mm in diameter and weighs 0.85 grams. It was issued by a tradesman who operated from premises...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 18 Jan 2015

Real Men Wear Pink--Err, Rose--Or Salmon(?)!

During our 2006 visit to Paris, I went to the Titien (or Titian) exhibition at the Musee du Luxembourg, the gallery of the French Senat. It was a great event in Paris and I appreciated the quality of the selection. I've enjoyed attending...

Museum of London Docklands

As a huge fan of the Museum of London and someone with an interest in, shall we say, the grittier side of London’s rich and chequered history, I can’t believe that it took me so long to finally pay my first visit to the Museum of London’s Docklands...
From: Madame Guillotine on 5 Jan 2015


Happy New Year to all! 2015 already, though…? I’m increasingly convinced that I fell through a worm hole in the space-time continuum in about 1976 and have largely lost track of things ever since. But then, I have a sneaking feeling that many...
From: Gentlemen and Tarpaulins on 5 Jan 2015

Ripper Street Season Three   Recently updated !

It’s hard to believe that just a year has passed since the end of the second season of Ripper Street and the terrible news that the stupid BBC had decided to cancel what was one of the best series on television. Thankfully all of the resultant fuss...
From: Madame Guillotine on 2 Jan 2015

Catching the plague

  Medical staff treating an Ebola victim The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been one of the most alarming continuing stories of 2014. Seven thousand people have died and the West has been accused of being slow to respond. It is heartening to...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 15 Dec 2014

Relic Face-Off: Trailer

We’re excited to release the trailer for a new mini-series on Under The Knife! In Relic Face-Off, contestants will be invited onto the show and asked to bring with them an object related to a chosen theme. I will then try to ‘one-up’...
From: The Chirurgeon's Apprentice on 11 Dec 2014

Disastrous Leadership: Lt. Colonel Joseph Harris at the Battle of New London

In early September 1781, General Sir Henry Clinton, the British Commander in Chief in America, found himself facing a combined Franco-American force poised to attack his stronghold in New York. Or so he believed. Purposely deceived by the allies that...

From Whitechapel Book Launch

From Whitechapel has been well and truly launched! On a dark and gloomy evening last week, a group of various misfits gathered together in the historic Gun pub next to Spitalfields Market to celebrate the publication of my fifth novel, which is set...
From: Madame Guillotine on 3 Dec 2014

Voyage of the ‘Pearl’, 1849

George Morgan Clarke (1798—1849) was the second son of Charles Clarke. He married Caroline Maria Likely in 1826, but they do not appear to have had any children. At least, none were living with them at the time of the 1841 census. George Clarke was...
From: Kirby and his world on 1 Dec 2014

December Blogroll: Recent Researches

One of the compelling aspects of studying the early modern period in England is the web of cultural products that come to bear on the literature of the Renaissance. Increasingly I am drawn to imagining theatre of the period as both… Read more ›
From: Bite ThumbnailsBite Thumbnails on 25 Nov 2014

Howard’s Coffeehouse in New Street, Covent Garden

A penny token issued by Joseph Howard in 1671 for use in his London Coffee-house. The above brass penny token measures 24.3 mm in diameter and weighs 2.71 grams. It was issued by Joseph Howard, a London coffeehouse proprietor, in 1671. The design of the...
From: Mr. Pepys' Small Change on 24 Nov 2014

Shakespeare, the Blackfriars and the theatre of experience

It has always bemused me that there is so little formal – or, for that matter, informal – dialogue and collaboration between historians and literary scholars. Each are aware of the others’ work, certainly; but the intellectual, cultural and administrative...
From: Mathew Lyons on 17 Nov 2014

Pithy Wills

Anyone who spends any time with eighteenth-century probate soon becomes familiar with the lengthy, repetitive, legalistic phraseology that permeates the typical will and which, along with the difficult handwriting, makes reading them a painful and tedious...
From: Kirby and his world on 16 Nov 2014

A Parcel of Ribbons now on Kindle

The book A Parcel of Ribbons is now available on Amazon Kindle   You can of course still buy the paperback from Amazon or and other outlets which has the advantage of being a physical book and of having the index. Kindle format still...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 14 Nov 2014

Hogarth and the Elephantine Arch

In 1761, George III was crowned in Westminster Hall. As Master Carpenter of the Board of Works, one of William Oram‘s tasks was to construct and decorate a triumphal arch through which the King’s Champion would ride. A print of the arch was...
From: Kirby and his world on 10 Nov 2014

November 1541: The Downfall of Katherine Howard

Above: A portrait miniature thought to be of Katherine Howard, c. 1540.For Queen Katherine, the end came quickly and inexplicably. One moment she was England's adored queen, the beloved youthful consort of Henry VIII, renowned for her beauty and virtue....
From: Conor Byrne on 7 Nov 2014

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Notes on Post Tags Search

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/category for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event hashtag, 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.

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.