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! (all dates are flexible): 6 Dec 2014 • 17 Jan 2015 • 7 Mar 2015 • 25 Apr 2015 • 6 Jun 2015 • 25 Jul 2015 • 12 Sep 2015 • 24 Oct 2015 • 5 Dec 2015 •



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 Writing that engages with the past to discuss present issues should include significant historical content and analysis, not merely polemic.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.

Recent Blog Posts

CFP: History Carnival

The next History Carnival is on 1 Nov at The Recipes Project.

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

CFP: Carnivalesque

The next Carnivalesque will be at A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life on 25 Oct.

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

History Carnival 138 - October 2014

The latest Carnival is up at History Press Blog.

This project took us on exciting adventure that was both educational and exhilarating….

"Changes and Improvements"

If you are a regular user of local bus services (at least in the UK), you will probably be familiar with periodic notices telling you about “changes and improvements to the services” which should more truthfully be entitled “cuts to the service and price rises”. A few changes will be coming to Carnivalesque and History Carnival in the next month or two which will hopefully not be experienced as falling into the latter category (at least, there definitely won’t be any price rises).

They should not affect the actual functioning of the Carnivals, but they are intended to streamline the work of co-ordinating the carnivals - especially their communication channels. They already have this shared blog, and I’m in the process of combining their separate Facebook pages into one. 

They will continue to have separate websites and Twitter feeds. It is likely, though, that the two Twitter feeds will have more shared content, to reach both audiences with slightly less work. There will be some changes to the backend of the websites to simplify managing them together. More visibly, I’ll give the websites’ design a slight refresh but they will continue to have clearly distinct identities. This blog will also get an overhaul at some point.

If I have to admit this is largely for my benefit, I do nonetheless hope that it will bring some improvements for followers. Less time spent on routine news updates and admin hopefully means more time available for slightly more interesting networking and promotion of the history blogosphere. Eg, I want to make more use of the blog, and I’m hoping to do more interesting things with Carnivalesque’s Twitter account: watch this space…

(PS: I will probably break something, somewhere along the line, while doing all this: if anything goes a bit peculiar it’s probably just me hacking stuff. As long as it’s not suddenly advertising this one weird tip for losing weight, don’t worry too much.)

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.