Here is the latest early modern Carnivalesque, for the pick of the last couple of months’ early modern blogging. Thanks to those who sent in nominations; apologies to those who like witty themes and smart commentaries.
Airs, Waters, Places comments on John Weever’s book on Ancient Funerall Monuments (1631) and “the way he writes about the correlation between the location of the dead in the afterlife and the physical realisation of their memory in monument form in the world”.
Early Modern Gardens – Kenilworth Castle
The Gentleman Administrator draws attention to the social and political significance of early modern gardens by looking at the reconstructed Elizabethan pleasure garden at Kenilworth Castle, originally built by the Earl of Leicester for the visit of Queen Elizabeth in July 1575.
Bookn3rd has found some lovely digitised examples of these small manuscript handbooks of the medieval and early modern periods, which could contain a variety of medical and calendrical information.
Essayes of a prentise
Wynken de Worde highlights work from a student project on King James’s The Essayes of a prentise, in the divine art of poesie. The book is a collection of poems and translations in Scots dialect, and includes some luxuriously lovely poem layouts.
Casting Painting as One of the Liberal Arts
Notes on Early Modern Art looks at Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Allegory of Painting’ (c. 1667) which “seems to have expressed the artist’s desire to raise his own social status and that of painting as more than just manual labor”.
On the uses of newspapers, in and out of the classroom
Dave Mazella at Early Modern Online Bibliography considers the possibilities of using online collections of early modern newspapers in teaching students.
Collaborative Readings #3: Sayre N. Greenfield’s “ECCO-locating the Eighteenth Century”
Also at EMOB, Anna Battigelli discusses Greenfield’s essay on using ECCO as a research tool, “revealing both its possibilities and its current limitations” for text-mining early modern texts to trace specific cultural threads.
Some things memorably considerable in the conditions, Life and Death of the ever blessed and now eternally happy Mris Anne Bovves
Westminster Wisdom discusses this pamphlet (and its bad poetry), and concludes that its writer “is less interested in Anne than in Anne as an example of a religious life”.
Cromwell: the blog post of the book of the film
Investigations of a Dog is reading bad historical literature so you don’t have to; this time, it’s the novelization of the notoriously dodgy film Cromwell. Don’t miss the cover. It’s, er, striking.
Walker’s Office of Entries
Mercurius Politicus looks at a less well-known aspect of the life of the 17th-century pamphleteer and preacher Henry Walker, his entrepreneurial ‘Office of Entries’ “which seems to have functioned as a mixture of financial agent, employment agency, and bulletin board”.
John Lilburne – Abolitionist
Edward Vallance explores the appearance of Lilburne in the precedents brought by lawyers in Somerset’s Case of 1772. “In the eighteenth century, it seems to have been Lilburne’s punishment by Star Chamber in 1638, rather than his activities as a Leveller pamphleteer that were deemed worthy of attention.”
Nature’s Bias: Sex Testing
Early Modern Renaissance draws parallels between early modern and modern difficulties in establishing sexual identity.
The Quack Doctor discusses the ‘Hyſtericon’, an obscure 18th-century remedy, one amongst many, for the ‘Fits of the Mother’.
A London marriage gone sour, 1652
From Early Modern Whale, a news report of the suicide of a cuckolded husband.
What on Earth?
Meanwhile, Ink and Incapability wants to know, “what on earth is going on with Shadwell’s The Libertine?” and concludes “this is totally the weirdest play I’ve ever read”.
‘I see dead people’s books’ at LibraryThing
Early Modern Intelligencer notes that LibraryThing now includes a number of famous dead people’s libraries, with early modern examples including Marie Antoinette, Thomas Jefferson and Mozart.
And finally, the Eastern Association is a treat that should not be missed.
The next Carnivalesque will be an ancient/medieval edition hosted by Bavardess sometime in the latter half of October, exact date to be confirmed. The next early modern Carnivalesque will be in November and needs a host – email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re willing and able!