Tudor 21st Century housekeeping



The Tudor Narrator has been doing some 21st Century house-keeping…

Below are the WordPress stats for the number of views each of my blog posts have received since I started this blog back in January.  The Home Page has been configured to show approximately 5 posts on one page, so the stats for this pages hides the fact that my readers could be reading several posts on the same page.

It’s interesting to see that my posts on ‘Interpreting primary sources’ and ‘Unwitting Testimony’ are up there at the top.  I know from several emails that many readers are using these posts as resources for teaching historical research to students.  Thank you to the Open University for teaching the techniques to me.

Please do leave comments on any of my posts.  At the moment it feels rather a one-way conversation with my readers and I would love to read your opinions on my blog and the topics I am covering.

Title  (Views)
Home page  (1,761)
Tuesday’s Tip – Interpreting primary sources – the 6 ‘w’s  (307)
The clergy in pre-Reformation England  (135)
Tuesday’s Tip: Primary sources – ‘Unwitting Testimony’  (126)
Shopping Saturday – Tudor tradesmen of Great Dunmow  (100)
Blacksheep Sunday: Witches, witchcraft and bewitchment – Part 2  (92)
Images of medieval cats  (81)
Blacksheep Sunday: Witchcraft and witches – Part 1  (79)
Transcript fo. 4r: Catholic Ritual Year – Plough-feast, May Day, Corpus Christi  (74)
Mappy Monday: Tudor maps of sixteenth century Essex  (71)
Wordless Wednesday: Medieval funerals  (51)
Index  (51)
Tuesday’s Tip: Primary sources and Old handwriting (palaeography)  (46)
My top 7 websites for medieval & early-modern maps of London & Great Britain  (41)
Henry VIII – Images of a King: Part 2 – Henry in Love  (39)
Follow Friday: My Top 10 websites for Essex Ancestors  (39)
Great Dunmow’s local history: The dialect of Tudor Essex  (38)
Henry VIII – Images of a King: Part 1  (36)
Images of the Devil in the Medieval/early-modern period  (35)
Tuesday’s tip – Palaeography and reading between the lines  (35)
Great Dunmow’s local history: Henry VIII’s 1523-4 Lay Subsidy Tax  (33)
Transcript fo. 5r: Great Dunmow’s Tudor dialect  (32)
Transcript fo.2r: Great Dunmow’s collection for the church steeple (part 1)  (32)
Sturton family of Tudor Great Dunmow and Great Easton  (31)
Transcript fo.1v: Great Dunmow’s local history – medieval manors  (27)
Transcript fo.2v: Great Dunmow’s collection for the church steeple (part 2)  (25)
Tuesday’s tip – When one person’s theory turns into a ‘true’ fact – Part 1  (25)
Great Dunmow’s local history: Tudor vicar William Walton  (24)
Transcript fo.3r: Great Dunmow’s collection for the church steeple (part 3)  (22)
Transcript fo. 6r: Easter celebrations in late medieval parish  (22)
England’s patron saint: Saint George  (22)
Great Dunmow’s local history: Tudor parish’s administration  (19)
Transcript fo. 5v: Building a late medieval church steeple  (19)
Thankful Thursday: Great Dunmow’s Through all the changing seasons  (18)
Images of Tudor people  (16)
Transcript fo.4r: Great Dunmow’s collection for the church steeple (part 5)  (15)
Wordless Wednesday – Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow  (15)
Transcript fo.3v: Great Dunmow’s collection for the church steeple (part 4)  (15)
Images of Medieval and early Tudor trades – Part 1  (14)
Kentwell Hall, Suffolk – Easter Monday during Queen Mary’s reign  (14)
Henry VIII – Images of a King: Part 3  (13)
Wordless Wednesday – Second World War Pill Boxes  (12)
Wild animals and early-modern England  (12)
Thankful Thursday – Mark Twain’s ‘The Prince & the Pauper’  (11)
Transcript fo. 4v: Great Dunmow’s Morris Dancing  (9)



Images on this post (© British Library Board)
1)  From Book of Hours, Use of Sarum (‘The Taymouth Hours‘), (London, England, 2nd quarter of 14th century), shelfmark Yates Thompson 13 f.8v.
2)  From Book of Hours, (‘Sforza Hours‘), (Italy, c1490), shelfmark add 34294, f.48.

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2 Responses to Tudor 21st Century housekeeping

  1. Nicola says:

    Hi, It’s always interesting to read another blog’s stats! In this case I think the number of views your Home page is getting is hiding A LOT! Anyone who enjoys your blog and stops by to see if there is anything new is not registering in your individual post stats. I imagine you are only getting hits on individual posts when another blog links to you, or someone comes straight to the post from twitter etc.
    I wonder if you would get more comments if people were reading on the post page rather than the home page, as the comments box is more prominent.
    Have you considered only having excerpts on the home page.
    Good luck with the blog, I think it’s great.

  2. the narrator says:

    Thanks Nicola. I hadn’t thought of having only excerpts on the home page! I’ll give it a go over the weekend. I’ve got a whole weekend of posts coming up for this Diamond Jubilee weekend about Elizabeth I’s visits to Essex (if I write them all in time!) so it’ll be interesting to see what stats I get on them.

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