SCA Classes and History Lectures

My teaching and lectures are largely focused on the late late sixteenth century or the broader context of the early phases of the Early Modern era (and so are appropriate for any lecture-based context), but please note some have a specific application to participation in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Current Classes and Lectures

The current two lectures can be given standalone, but are designed to build upon one another. The Introduction to Late 16th Century Europe lecture provides the broad sociopolitical context of the era, while the Birth of the Dutch Republic lecture zooms in on a fascinating, specific historical event that most may not be familiar with.

  1. An Introduction to Late 16th Century Europe, 1566-1610
    The late 16th century (or “Late, Late Period” for us thoroughly SCA types) was an absolutely fascinating and remarkable period…but tragically few people know much of it beyond Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare! I begin with the important cultural changes and developments that profoundly impacted the beginning of the early modern period, then proceed into high-level survey of the key historical events and figures that shaped the late 16th century across Europe.
  2. The Birth of the Dutch Republic, 1575-1591
    The Low Countries erupted into revolt against Phillip II of Spain in the 1560s. By 1609, the rebellious northern provinces (by then organized as the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands) had achieved de facto independence. How did they get there? This lecture looks to answer that question by focusing on the difficult but foundational years of 1575-1591.
  3. SCA Persona 101
    The SCA concept of a Persona as a plausible impression of a pre-seventeenth century individual can be a rewarding aspect to the Society for Creative Anarchism, but it can also be confusing, nebulous waters to wade in. This Persona 101 class is designed to help attendees understand what a Persona is and – just as importantly – is not, and then give them tools to choose, develop, and ultimately use their chosen Personas in the SCA.
  4. Organizing Your Research
    Sometimes, finding your own notes is harder than finding sources. Research can become scattered in a dozen different places, and you start to lose track of what you’ve learned. This class is an overview of the current iteration of the paperless workflow and tools I use to manage my own research as a historian.
  5. Survey of Late Sixteenth Century Men’s Clothing, 1570-1600
    The late sixteenth century was a time of outlandish and excessive fashions – what better for a Society where we deliberately dress up in funny historical clothing? This survey will introduce the elements of a gentleman’s wardrobe in western Europe from 1570 to 1600 and cover the many, many interesting clothing options a reenactor has when selecting a suit of clothes for this era..
  6. Pike and Shot Warfare, 1530-1590 (Page and Uploaded Handout Coming Soon)
    The 16th century was a unique period in the history of European warfare, as a transitional period that saw a wide variety of arms in use at the same time: firearms, field artillery, infantry armed with sword & shield, dense blocks of pikes, knights in shining armor with lances, and lightly armed cavalry armed with pistols. This lecture addresses how these armies were assembled, armed, and fielded.

Future Classes and Lectures

Early 2018 saw the inaugural presentations of the Late Sixteenth Century Men’s Clothing lecture and Organizing Your Research presentation. My focus now is on the success of 2018’s Lilies War arts and sciences programming followed by a renewed focus on this website.

While I will be teaching some of the above classes at Lilies this year, any of the following new classes are not likely to see sustained work or a public presentation until late 2018 at the earliest.

  1. Introduction to Cartography:
    This class can take one of two forms: a one-hour general purpose introduction to the history of cartography (in referencing evolving map styles starting with Ptolemy’s world map through the Golden Age of Cartography) with how maps work. The second, more intensive model would also include a how to of Gemma Frisus’ triangulation methods and a map project assignment for students.
  2. Improving Your Late 16th Century Persona & Kit:
    This is a little more nebulous and represents something of an ongoing checklist for my own work, but I’d like to use my personal research to help inform others. This would cover both the mindset of the gentry and lesser nobility in this era as well as a practical survey of material culture and physical goods.