15th century “blogging”

15th century “blogging”: In England, 15th Century “Festival Books” were a precursor to today’s celebrity tabloids and magazines…and, apparently, blogging. As this article about a new online archive of festival books points out:

“Some of the texts now available online were written not by official reporters (Renaissance press officers!) but by “people who simply happened to be around and thought they’d turn an honest – or dishonest – penny by writing an account,”

The British Library has now digitized 253 of these rare Renaissance festival books and has made them available on their website.