How to use the Advanced search
The Advanced search page has a number of search boxes, each offering a
search on specific information about the festival, the book and specific pages
in that book. Some of these boxes allow you to type in free text, others allow
you to select from the list of terms used.
You can use as many or as few of the boxes as you want, and can combine
boxes from all 3 sections. If you do use more than one box then the
result will be those items which match all the criteria you have entered, so if
you enter 'Milan' in the Place box and select 'Habsburg' in the Dynasty box,
the result will be the festivals held in Milan which involved members of the
The free text boxes will accept truncated terms using *, eg 'Ann*' in the
Participants box will find Ann, Anne, Annibale etc.. Also in the free text
boxes you can use 'and' and 'or' to refine your search further - eg
''Milan or Rome' in the Place box will select festivals in Milan as well
as those in Rome. You cannot use either truncation or 'and / or' in the
boxes which select from a list.
If you choose an entry from a selection list but then want to clear it, you
should select the blank entry at the top of the list.
The different sections and search boxes on the page are described below:
This section allows you to search for information about the festival itself.
The individual search boxes are described below.
Will search general information about the festival, eg description, general
Type of event
What type of festival this was, eg an entry, coronation, wedding etc. Select
from the drop-down list of terms used.
This covers both the town / city where the festival took place, and also
regions or countries for a more general search.
Participant and dynasty
These cover the people in whose honour the festival was given
(usually princes or nobles) and the local dignitaries who took part. Enter a
name or description under participant, and/or select from the list of their
Performer / artisan and role
These include the people who organised, constructed or took part in the
festival, and the role they played.
Searches on the year in which the festival was held. Enter only the year number
here, not month or day. If one box is left blank, then the search will be
open-ended, eg 'between [blank] and 1580' will find all festivals before or
during 1580, and similarly 'between 1580 and [blank]' wil find all festivals
during or after 1580. To search for a single specific year, enter that year in
both boxes, eg 'between 1580 and 1580' for only those festivals held in 1580.
This section allows you to search details of the book itself, as opposed to the
festival it describes.
Will search general information about the book, including title, notes, etc.
The book title and, where applicable, any alternative title.
Person and Function
This covers the people involved in producing the book - authors, editors,
The language(s) that the book was written in.
British Library Shelfmark
The shelfmark of the British Library's copy of the book. You do not need to
enter the full shelfmark, but all punctuation in the part you do enter should
This covers descriptions of items on or described on specific pages of the book
- illustrations, text sections etc. There are two sections here: Category
includes the index terms used for general description of the item, while Description
covers free-text searches on further details of the specific item.
The four types of detail covered are:
This looks for descriptions of particular events in the festival,
eg feast, pageant, coronation etc.
Looks for illustations in the book, eg map, portrait, coat of arms etc.
Looks for particular types of text within the book, eg poem, chapter, prayer,
scene of a play etc.
Looks for a description of a piece of architecture or similar construction, eg
statue, monument, stage design, tapestry etc.