Carnivalesque 64

Fragments is very pleased to be hosting the 64th edition of Early Modern Carnivalesque, a gathering of some of the most interesting blog posts from the early modern blogging community.

First up we have the fate of the Wedgewood Museum over at the award-winning Georgian London. Lucy Inglis considers the plight of the Wedgewood Collection, and its formation under artisan Josiah Wedgewood, who died in 1725.


From the decorative arts, to art of a very different nature, Caroline Rance at The Quack Doctor explores the unusual medicinal practise of diagnosis via urine from 1815.


Taking a detour from urine to royalty, Nick, at Mercurius Politicus, reveals some intriguing royalist graffiti in Cheam.


Odd fellows from Roy, at Early Modern Whale, who takes a look at the early modern Fortune Teller.


‘My appetite is sick for want of a capacity to digest your favours.’ Women in Medieval and Early Modern History offer up some extraordinary early modern chat up lines.

Once you’ve wooed your beloved, you might like to make them a John Evelyn salad. The Gentleman Administrator reveals all you need to know.


The World Cup may be over, but the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have devised a means to keep your interest alive. Iago is in mid-field in Shakespeare’s Fantasy Football

From Iago to a villain of a different kind, Executed Today examines the hanging of pirate John Quelch.    
Speaking of villains, cartoonist Ade Teal kindly provides us with caricatures of two early modern rogues:


On the other side of the Atlantic, Warren, artistic director of early modern music ensemble Magnificat, recently visited Spain, and reports back on the 18th century composer Martini’s enormous collection of music manuscripts and partbooks  

More printing, this time from the Two Nerdy History Girls, who witnessed the early modern printing process in action.
Sally, over at Travels and Travails in Eighteenth Century England, has been exploring medicinal recipes, including the Lady Puckring’s salve for sore brests.
From sore breasts to slippery weather, Emily at The Artist’s Progress reveals the history of early modern caricature.


Art of a different nature from the engraver Mr Read, who entertains with more spectral escapades at The Cogitations of Read.


And Ben, at Res Obscura, has been getting to grips with some 17th century  apothecary poetry.


Finally, here at Fragments, I’ve been exploring the last will and testament of Mr William Shakespeare, gent. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about Carnivalesque, or would like to be a host, contact the lovely Sharon at Early Modern Web


  • July 23, 2010 - 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much. How kind of you to leave a comment.

  • July 22, 2010 - 9:54 pm | Permalink

    excellent collection!

  • July 19, 2010 - 5:00 pm | Permalink

    It was my pleasure. I really enjoyed your post, and I love your blog. Have a wave back.

  • July 18, 2010 - 1:08 am | Permalink

    Many thanks for including The Two Nerdy History Girls in such illustrious company! We’re honored (and more than a little awed), and waving in gratitude from the other side of the Atlantic.

  • Sharon
    July 17, 2010 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this – it’s fab!

  • July 17, 2010 - 10:28 am | Permalink

    Great collection of posts! Thanks for including mine 🙂

  • July 17, 2010 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Thanks! Hopefully there is something for everyone. Such a lot of lovely posts out there at the moment.

  • July 17, 2010 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    ooh, great roundup!!

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