This is the homepage for Carnivalesque, an interdisciplinary blog carnival dedicated to pre-modern history (to c. 1800 C.E.).

Carnivalesque is held every six weeks or thereabouts.


Latest 13 September 2014

Cesque 105 hosted by SJ Pearce at Meshalim/Amthal/Exiemplos.

Next 25 October 2014

Cesque 106 to be hosted by Madame Gilflurt at A Covent Garden Gilflurt's Guide to Life.


Future Editions

October 2014: A Covent Garden Gilflurt's Guide to Life

Hosts needed for these dates in 2014 (all dates are flexible): October (25th) • December (6th)

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Recent Editions

13 September 2014: Cesque 105 at Meshalim/Amthal/Exiemplos

26 July 2014: Cesque 104 at The Fashion Historian

7 June 2014: Cesque 103 at Wynken de Worde

26 April 2014: Cesque 102 at Compasswallah


Hosting a Carnival

Carnivalesque is on the look out for hosts! If you've enjoyed reading the Carnivals, why not take a turn at hosting and help to keep them running?

You must have your own blog. Hosts do not have to be academics, but do need to have some knowledge of the field. (Pseudonymous bloggers are welcome.)

Hosting involves a few hours' work sifting through nominations and compiling the carnival. (Imaginative themes are welcome but not compulsory.)

Carnival Nominations

We welcome perspectives from a variety of fields, especially (but not only) history, literary studies, archaeology, art history, or philosophy. You can nominate your own writing and/or that of other bloggers, but please try not to nominate more than 1-2 posts by any author for any single edition of the carnival.

Nominated blogging may be 'academic' or 'popular', so long as it is based on facts and evidence. Writing that engages with the past to discuss present issues should include significant historical content and analysis, not merely polemic. All nominations are vetted by the host of the edition, whose decision is final.

How to submit nominations

Nominated posts should have been published within the last 2-3 months. The normal channel is to send an email to the host using the nomination form at this site. Individual hosts may provide additional options. Please ensure you include the full URL of the post you are nominating, and ideally the post title and blog name.

The Mistresses of Misrule co-ordinate the carnival, selecting hosts and helping to publicise upcoming editions.

  • Sharon Howard lives in Yorkshire, UK; her main research interests are in 17-18th-century crime and women's history.
  • Julie Hofmann's research interests are early medieval. She's based in the USA.
  • Hannah Priest is a medievalist based in Manchester, UK. Her research interests include late medieval romance and popular literature, especially monsters.

Contact: carnival@carnivalesque.org


Recent Blog Posts

CFP: History Carnival

The next History Carnival is on 1 Oct at History Press Blog.

Please nominate your favourite history blogging during the last month using the form here.

Posted: Carnivalesque 105 - September 2014

The latest Carnivalesque is up!

History Carnival 137 - September 2014

The latest Carnival is up at Early Modern Medicine.

This month there has been a wealth of discussion about the centenary of the first world war…

CFP: Carnivalesque

The next Carnivalesque will be at Meshalim/Amthal/Exiemplos on 13 Sep.

Send nominations for the best blogging on everything pre-modern in the last couple of months via the form.

CFP: History Carnival

The next History Carnival is on 1 Sep at Early Modern Medicine.

Please nominate your favourite history blogging during the last month using the form here.