At SCA events and other living history gatherings, I attempt to consistently portray a member of the eastern Low Countries gentry, c. 1575-1590. I’ve found researching and developing my reenacting persona increases my own socio-cultural understanding of the era.
Here is a collection of references I’ve found and tools I’ve used in researching my own persona that may be of use.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.