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Hugo van Harlo’s A&S Classes at Lilies War 2018

My responsibilities as this year's Lilies War Arts and Sciences Coordinator keep me from preparing a lot of classes this year. There are plans, though, to bring four to the war.  Read More

2017 SCA Plans

It's the beginning of a new year, so that means it's the season for that time-honored activity of new year resolutions—but this time, with a single focus on my involvement with the SCA. It's good to have a plan.  Read More

Beligica Orientalis – A Northeastern Netherlands Map and 2017 Calontir Queen’s Prize Judges’ Choice

Six weeks of research, design choices, and careful work with pencil, ink, and watercolor resulted in a three-sheet map of the northeastern provinces of the early Dutch Republic. Entered into Calontir's 2017 Queen’s Prize Tournament, the map won the Judges’ Choice award.  Read More

In-Persona Interview at Feast of Eagles 2017

A fellow SCAdian known as Moon Hides the Sun is launching a series of first person, in-persona video interviews, and I got the dubious honor of being the test case.  Read More

Hugo’s Book Giveaway at Feast of Eagles 2017

Feast of Eagles this year has a Hundred Years War theme, and the autocrats have asked for volunteers to create table displays (e.g. science fair) for various battles of the war. As part of my display on the 1356 Battle of Poitiers (and Crecy in 1346), I will be giving away the following three books.  Read More

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.  Read More

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.  Read More

World’s First Known Printed Bookplate, c. 1480

Dating to the first few decades after the invention of the printing press and moveable type, the bookplate of Hilprand Brandenburg is a noteworthy example of the desire of book collectors throughout history to leave a personal mark on their collection.  Read More

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.  Read More

Notable 16th Century Cartographers

The 16th Century marked the early phase of the Age of Discovery. The horizons of the world were being expanded, and European explorers, traders, and missionaries pushed distant boundaries from the Americas to the Spice Islands of South East Asia. Combined with the explosive growth of the printing press, this growing knowledge of the world created much of the opportunity for significant advancements in cartography to take place—contributed to by some of the men listed in this article.  Read More

Low Countries Printing, Cartography, and Print Culture Bibliography

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Low Countries were one of the hotbeds of the printing and bookselling industries across Europe. This applies particularly to Antwerp until the 1560s, and then the Dutch Republic as a whole past that. This is a living bibliography of sources for students interested in this rich history.  Read More

An Intro to the Dutch Spirit of Genever

It has been said that the Scots have their whiskey, the French their congac, and the Dutch their genever. It is not gin, but can be rightfully considered the ancestor of gin. While at one time wildly popular in the United States, Dutch genever has a history dating back hundreds of years. Here's a short introduction to the drink and its history.  Read More

Book Finds: Collections of Dutch Revolt Primary Sources

While the growing collection of academic books on the Dutch Revolt, the Republic, or various components thereof is helping grow my understanding of the historical context, what I've been lacking is actual source documents from those involved. I've recently acquired two books that should help shore up that weakness and let me learn more about the era through the participants' own word (translated into English, of course).  Read More

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.  Read More

9/30/16 Finds: War and Society in Renaissance Europe 1450-1620 and The Renaissance at War

The evolution of warfare during the late Renaissance into the Early Modern period, called often the “pike and shot” period, is a fascinating and pivotal era of warfare - for both battlefield tactics and developing strategy. It's my hope these two books will help educate me further on the subject.  Read More

Cartography Links and Bibliographies

For those interested in cartography (i.e. map nerds like myself)—particularly during the expansion of the printing press and the early decades of the Age of Discovery—there's a wealth of resources, websites, books, and articles to draw from. I'll be slowly assembling a list of helpful links and books as I come across them here.  Read More

Dutch Sociopolitical Terms from the 16th Century

For us native English speakers, there can be some cultural familiarity with the historical English system of governance and titles: sheriff, baron, lord, and parliament. Understanding the sociopolitical terms from a different language and culture can be difficult to understand quickly. That's why I've put together this collection of Dutch/Low Countries terms from the late 16th century for government, political offices, and other societal institutions here to reference.  Read More

Geuzenliederen: “Beggars’ Songs” from the Dutch Revolt

One of the fascinating elements of the Dutch Revolt is the development of "Beggars' Songs" - a curious form of folk song that ranged from political protest and patriotic nationalism to religious identity and even to proto-historical epics. Thanks to the widespread growth of the printing press in the Low Countries, these Geuzenliederen have been saved in good numbers for posterity.  Read More

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.  Read More

Horse and Falcon 2016: My First Big SCA Event in Ten Years

Horse & Falcon 2016 was my first “big,” weekend, outdoor event back in the SCA in ten years—since Northkeep’s Castellan in 2006 before I moved to Oregon and ended up not playing while in An Tir.  Read More