16th Century Prints as C&I Sources

The sixteenth century – and its vast array of prints, in particular – is a fertile field of inspiration for artists, illuminators, and calligraphers looking for interesting and lesser-used sources for C&I work in the SCA.

Calontir Wall Map, 2018 Queen’s Prize

The large, multi-sheet map Calontiriæ Regnum Descriptio depicts the SCA Kingdom of Calontir in the style of sixteenth century cartographers such as Ortellius, Mercator, Speed, and de Jode. Composed of six seperate sheets, the inked-and-painted portions of the map measure a full 4ft x 3ft. It was awarded the Queen’s Prize at the 2018 tournament.

Late Sixteenth Century Dutch Persona Checklist

I will be continuing to fill out and add to this checklist to better document what I know of the life, upbringing, socio-economic standing, cultural context, and known world of my chosen persona and historical focus: a member of the rural lesser nobility in the Dutch province of Overijssel from roughly 1575-1590. When the question […]

16th Century Captain’s Partisan

The partisan was a specific form of long-bladed spear that evolved into a weapon of office for captains – and other officers – of foot regiments over the course of the sixteenth century. As my long-term goal is exactly that impression, it’s a piece of kit I was eager to research and commission.

Organizing Your Research

Diving into research, uncovering sources, and making sense of data can be tough. Keeping track of all your notes can be even worse. This class is an overview of my ongoing quest to develop a methodology that makes sense of the madness

Lilies War XXXII Map

I had the opportunity to design the official map for the 2018 Lilies War. This particular project was one of my first dreams when I returned to the Society and started researching historical cartography. Once I had the go-ahead, I knew exactly what references I wanted to use.

Survey of Late Sixteenth Century Men’s Clothing, 1570-1600

Clown costumes. Frilly ruffs and cuffs. Heads on plates. Excess in every way. For the acclimated, late sixteenth century men’s fashions were strange, bewildering, and off-putting. This lecture aims to familiarize attendees with the basics of men’s clothing of the time period – and point newcomers in a direction they may find more comfortable.

Hugo van Harlo’s 1580 Dutch Gentry Persona Story

Depending on the reenactor’s context and interest, a persona can exist along a spectrum from a high level, generic impression all the way to a carefully researched fictional character complete with plausible life details. As a history buff, I have found that fleshing out the details of my persona’s historical context both forces me to […]

Why the Late Sixteenth Century Low Countries?

The SCA is home to a fair number of people portraying 16th Century—or as they’re called in the context of the pre-17th Century milieu of the Society, “Late Period.” Chief amongst those appear to be Elizabethans & Tudors, then German kampfrauen & Landsknechts, followed by Venetians and other varieties of Italians. Spaniards and the occasional […]

A Map of Forgotten Sea, 2017 Calontir Tri-Levels Judges’ Choice

My interest in cartography was born out of a childhood of Tolkien and RPG maps and only deepened by my study of the Golden Age of Cartography. My map of the Kansas City area’s SCA chapters was drawn to better understand the compositional elements of the great sixteenth century mapmakers. It was so well received that it was awarded the Judges’ Choice at the Calontir 2017 Tri-Levels arts & sciences competition.

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Leather-Bound Album Amicorum, 2017 Calontir Tri-Levels Entry

Albums amicorum were yearbooks before yearbooks existed, and even could be considered to fill the same social networking outlet that we use Facebook for in our own day and age. This project was my first attempt at bookbinding, and I chose to use an interesting historic (and persona-relevant) form as one of my entries to the 2017 Tri-Levels arts and sciences competition.

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The Four Plausible Mornings of Jonkheer Hugo

Asking “Where would your historical persona wake up? What would they see?” can be an interesting and insightful exercise to develop your SCA persona and uncover areas that would benefit from more research.

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Dutch Revolt and 16th Century Netherlands Bibliography

While less known to American audiences compared to the Tudor-Elizabethan period in England or French Wars of Religion, the Dutch Revolt has had a vast body of academic literature surrounding it—since nearly its very inception. When combined with works on the military equipment & tactics of the era and accompanying, burgeoning printing press, there’s a wealth of references to draw from when seeking to understand the people, culture, and events of this tumultuous era.

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1566-1619: Choosing Dates for Researching the Dutch Revolt

The conflict that evolved into the Dutch struggle for independence from Spain lasted eighty years. Its roots are found many decades earlier. While periodizing history may be an arbitrary task, it can be helpful in creating a lens in which to focus research efforts. In my case, I’ve chosen 1566-1619.