Class Descriptions

CategoryClass TitleTeacher nameClass Description
Arts and LaunguageGarcilasso de la Vega: Spain’s Warrior PoetMaestra Ana de Guzmán, OLThis is a beginner level class, an introduction to the life and poetic output of Garcilasso de la Vega. This Knight of the Order of Santiago, soldier and later bodyguard to Spanish King and HRE Carlos V, did not live long. His small but intense body of work transformed Spanish poetry, as he brought the sonnet in full form to the language a generation before Shakespeare brought it to English.
Arts and LaunguageGeometry with a straight edge and compass.THL Bernadette de Costa TempestadA common design element in Islamic art is based around circles. Examples of this can be seen throughout Iberian Peninsula due to the influence of the Moorish rule. This is a beginners class for those who want to learn the foundational elements of this style. Learn the basics of dividing circles into 4, 5 and 6 equal parts as a start for complex tessellations as often found in tiles and other designs. This is a practical class so ensure you have tools such as a ruler, compass, paper and pencils. 
Arts and LaunguagePyrography for BeginnersLord Guillermo de CervantesThe craft of using heat to create art on wood, leather and bone is centuries old. This is an introductory class on the craft of pyrography to lay the groundwork for would be artists. Elements of safety, preparation and technique will be discussed, as well as a thorough discussion of the tools of the trade. All are welcome!
Arts and LaunguageThe Florentine Codex & the First AnthropologistLord Etienne of BurgundyThis will be an exploration of the Florentine Codex, which was written in the late 1500s. It is a 2,000 page work about the Aztecs, their culture & religion.
CostumingA 16th century Colcha from Catalogo de EnjacesThe Honorable Lady Agnes berengarii de GironaIn this class, we will discuss patterning a piece of lacis or malla from an extant source and working the linen stitch to recreate these lace pieces.
CostumingBelt HacksBaronessa Isabel Maria del AguilaA quick look at ways to make cintura, and tricks I’ve learned to help them sit securely in your preferred alignment. Not period, but helpful!
CostumingClothing of al-Andalus (Muslim Spain)Urtatim al-Qurtubiyya bint ‘abd al-Karim al-hakam al-FasiA look at what people wore in al-Andalus, which existed from 711-1492
CostumingIberian Women’s ClothingDoña Mariana de SalamancaCovers the styles of the Sephardi, Christian, and Moorish/Andulsi cultures from the 10th to the 14th century including how the interaction between the cultures influenced the styles. Provides a good base for beginners especially with the term definitions and annotated bibliography but enough detail advanced people have been satisfied.
CostumingIberian Women’s Clothing Late PeriodDoña Marina de SalamancaCovers the styles of the Sephardi, Christian, and Moorish/Andulsi cultures from the 15th to the 17th century including how the interaction between the cultures influenced the styles.
CostumingIntroduction to Hispano-Flemish Men’s ClothingMestressa Beatriz Aluares de la OyaThe late 15th and early 16th centuries were a time of rapid transition in Spanish fashion. This class will cover what the well-dressed Spanish gentleman would have worn, from the skin out.
CostumingWhich of these is Portuguese? Portuguese women’s dress 1500-1550THL Joana de BairrosThis is suitable for any level. The class is to examine pictorial evidence of Portuguese women and their dress between 1500 and 1550 to establish what was worn by upper class women during this time period. We will also discuss the issues around the attribution of paintings and the problems this creates when researching costuming styles. Along the way we will talk about some interesting Portuguese women of the time!
CostumingFrom the Grave: working from extant clothing from 13th century Spain.Porzia Vincenzo OLThere is a significant amount of extant textiles from the 13th century Castilian court, working from the tomb of Leonor, Infanta of Castilla. This class is aimed at showing how to work with those materials, find and use supporting material, and learn about the textiles and fibres, cut and construction, and accessories. This class is aimed at those who want to make this clothing for themselves, and who do not speak Spanish.
Costuming Dressing the gitana, clothing and regulations of the Romani woman in Spain during the 16th centuryNieves Rico ParreñoWe will be analyzing the garments of the Romani woman in the Iberian peninsula during the 15-16 and 17th century using paintings, poetry and laws, learning about how Spanish kings tried to erase and settle Romani Identity by forbidding their clothing, customs and even the denomination “gitano”
Costuming16thc Spanish HatsMistress Rowan Perigrynne, OL OPAn overview of what hats were being worn in Spain in the mid-late 16thc, discussion of materials and methods of construction. Practical advice on padding up headforms and patterning hats. Case study on reproducing a Spanish hat from 1620 using readily available materials.
CostumingSpanish embroidery for clothingMistress Rowan Perigrynne, OL OPAn overview of the types of embroidery seen in Spain in the late 15th-16thc, with a focus on clothing. Step by step ‘how to’ for some key techniques, with advice on materials, tools, patterns and production.
CostumingThose are Spanish Sleeves!Dona Illuminada Eugenia de Guadalupe y GodoyInstructor will provide an overview of several styles of sleeves seen in 16th century Spanish clothing – both men and women. She has divided them into the following categories: Hanging, long hanging, oversize, split, under-sleeves, upper-sleeves, shoulder treatments. After viewing portraits of each shape, pattern design/drafting will be discussed based on historical pattern books, focusing on Alcega’s patterns.
If students have particular questions, the instructor will gladly accept them before the class in order to find answers to bring to class.
CostumingChapines, overshoes on a high cork sole in the second half of the 16th centuryCatany Kostym.czThe study deals with chapines, a decorated overshoe on a high cork sole, affecting the overall silhouette of Spanish court dress in the second half of the 16th century. Spanish court fashion during this period, given the power of the empire, was one of the main factors influencing clothing in Western and Central Europe. The work is based on the study of the preserved originals, visual and written sources, especially records in the post mortem inventories from Valladolid between 1550 – 1599. The study also includes the reconstruction of the basic types of chapines and an experiment with the use of this type of footwear.
CultureA History of Romani in Spain in the 16th-17th centuriesBaroness Anastasia Alexandrovna Andreeva (OL) This is beginner level.The Romani migration will be covered and most information will be about them in Western Europe, and Spain in particular. The Romani people are of an oral tradition, NO contemporary writings in history were written BY Roma themselves. The story of the Romani in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries will be done through primary source writings and art of the period. This will be a biased view so we must navigate these sources and find the truth as best we can. Costume, Culinary, Daily living will be discussed.
CultureMujeras in PeruDoa Illuminada Eugenia de Guadalupe y GodoyDo you want a New World feminine persona or just learn more about the daring women who made the traverse?
Spaniards preceded the English to the New World by over 100 years. Learn who came, why did they come, how did they make the journey, what privileges did they have, what were the incentives? What experiences did they have?
Instructor will also share stories of the women who shaped the Spanish life in the New World, some of their successes, difficulties, and bravery.
CultureLiving with the Dead: an Introduction to Death in the AndesMaria Lopietza de LunaThis class will begin with a modern Quechua folktale to set the scene and then transition into introductory information about the reciprocal relationship between the living and the dead in the Pre-Columbian Andes, as well as some information on the resulting violent cultural clash between the Indigenous peoples and the Spanish during the conquest.
Equestrian“The 15th century horse culture of Duarte I of Portugal”Viscountess Else Hunrvogt, OP, OWGSThis class explores the concepts brought forth in “Livro da ensinanca de bem cavalgar toda sela”. No specific knowledge of horses is needed to fully participate. The class will use videos and discussion to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the role of horses and horsemanship in 15th Century Portugal
FoodA Treatise of Portuguese Cuisine from the 15th CenturyTHL Joana de BairrosWe will examine the history of one surviving Portuguese cookbook, look at the types of ingredients that are used in it and look at some redactions of the recipes. I will show you how to cook at least one of these!
FoodChicken with stuffing from Martínez MontiñoDuquessa Juana Isabella de Montoya y RamirezThis will be a cooking demonstration of a stuffed chicken recipe from Francisco Martínez Montiño’s 1611 cookbook, Arte de cocina, pastelería, vizcochería y conservería. While stuffed chicken may not sound challenging, the presentation of this recipe is a bit challenging and quite fun.
FoodSpanish Almond PastriesLady Lianor da CostaWe will make almond-filled pastries as described in Ruperto de Nola’s “Libre del Coch”, 1529.
FoodFrancisco Martínez Motiño and early modern Spanish cuisineMistress Liepa Jonaite, OLFrancisco Martínez Motiño was the head chef of the Spanish court from about 1586 until sometime after 1620, and published his Arte de Cocina in 1611. Although this book has had a tremendous influence on Spanish food history and depictions of Golden Age court life, it has never been fully translated into English. In this class, I’ll talk about the development and execution of my 2014 feast from Motiño, ongoing translation and recipe development work out of this manuscript, and where this work fits in the context of cuisine and Iberian studies in the SCA. (Beginner/intermediate)
FoodCooking together – Janete of HensMaistresse Kiriel du PapillonLet’s cook together one of my favourite dishes from the Ruperto de Nola’s “Libre del Coch” (1529) – a Janete of Hens. I will be cooking this dish as a practical demonstration, but would be delighted if participants cooked along with me. My dream is to make cooking renaissance food accessible to everyone and as such this class will be aimed at beginners, although some basic experience with cooking is required.
FoodIn that land of bountiful harvests: Aztec Food and Drink at the Time of European ContactIlhuicacihual, called Yzma of Marinus
The Aztec of Central Mexico enjoyed a wide variety of food and drink, made possible by their unique agricultural methods and far-reaching political influence. This class will cover the types of food and drink consumed by the average person in Aztec society at the time of Cortes’s arrival, including grains, cacoa and types of pre-colonial alcohol. This is a beginner class that should serve as a base for further study of Aztec food culture and preparation methods.
MartialStreet Self-Defense in Common-School Iberian FencingKyrios Alexios ChrysolorasIn many of our surviving fencing treatises from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, while the movements and methods contained therein are often brutal, we observe certain conventions and assumptions in most of their writing such as matched weapons and both individuals dueling or being aware of one another in their fighting. In Iberia, we note an almost unique situation where the fencing masters, in addition to writing on more honorable combat, also wrote on the techniques of ambush, versatility and survival that allowed one to survive against a less honorable rogue. By understanding this unique situation we are able to glean interesting insights into the mindset of individuals in late Renaissance Iberia and how they thought about violence outside of the context of the dueling ground.

In this class, we will primarily look at the 1599 manuscript of Domingo Godinho and his description of techniques to use “against treachery” and how he uses underhanded techniques to overcome the underhanded. Also discussed will be mismatched weapons, and his use of two swords and the greatsword to fight in a narrow alleyway, surrounded in a plaza, or how to guard a woman and serve as an able bodyguard.

MartialLa Palestra: fencing during 15-17th century as public leisure.Pelayo Mejido DíazThe fencing in the “Siglo de Oro” was a very important social phenomenon in Spain. We will talk about the fencing before and after Jerónimo de Carranza and Pacheco de Narváez and the revolution of La Verdadera Destreza, affected by its social context and how this changes through time, from Francisco Román to Lorenz de Rada.
MusicIntroduction to Classical Arabic MusicSayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya’All levels welcome. Come with your instrument or be prepared to sing. Reading music is not required. Are you interested in what gives Arabic music it’s distinct sound? The answer lies in it’s intricate system of scales and rhythms. In this class we will outline the elements of Arabic music, learn a few of the most popular scales (maqamat) and rhythmic structures (iqaat), and experiment with melodic improvisation in each mode.
MusicSongs of Sorrow: Ladino/Sephardic Music from Pre-Expulsion SpainSayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya’All levels welcome. Be prepared to sing. Drummers and other instrumentalists are also welcome. Reading music is not required. Period music comes in many shapes and sizes, and not all of it sounds like Gregorian Chant. The music of the Spanish Jews is some of the most passionate, satisfying music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Built on Jewish scales and employing a language that combines elements of Spanish and Hebrew, Ladino music taps into the pathos and heartache of the Jewish Diaspora. This class will include a short history of Ladino music, a quick tutorial on Ladino pronunciation, and few pointers about vocal style and ornamentation. In the main body of the class, you will learn 3-5 easy to intermediate Ladino songs. Music will be provided, but the songs will be taught by ear, as they would have been in Medieval Spain.
MusicA Survey of Sephardic Music from Andalucia Prior to the ExpulsionBarone Antonio Giordano da Siclia, O.P./O.L.Sephardic music has its roots in the musical traditions of the Jewish communities in medieval Spain; it is an expression of the Jewish identity that was maintained by the Jewish communities living in the Iberian Peninsula. After the destruction of the second Temple in Jerusalem, some 80,000 Jews were transported to Spain in chains during the conquests and reconquests of Palestine by the Roman Generals Titus, Vespasian and Hadrian. Within days of arriving in Spain, these prisoners were likewise redeemed from bondage by their brethren who already lived in the Iberia. [According to the tenants of Judaic law, the freeing of the enslaved was regarded as one of the greatest mtzvot (virtues) in the cultural milieu of the Jewish People.] The Jews settled throughout Spain, growing in numbers and contributing to the cultural and economic growth of the region. They enjoyed relative freedom and prosperity; they erected fortified cities (known as the cities of the Jews), e.g. Granada
(la cuidad de los Judios). The topics of Sephardic folk songs include topical-entertainment songs, romance songs and spiritual-ceremonial songs celebrating Old Testament topics and religious holidays. Since their expulsion from Spain in 1492 by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the Sephardim settled in a number of locations (e.g. Europe, North Africa and the dominions of the Ottoman Empire). Those Sephardim who settled in Western Europe maintained ties with Spain and their cultural language (Ladino) was modified by the changes in the Spanish language and the languages of the lands in which they settled; however, those Sephardim who settled in North Africa and in the Ottoman Empire were cut off from Spain and as such, they were not affected by the changes in the Spanish language and continued to communicate in their original Ladino. While these new lands may have had an impact on the musical accompaniment of these Sephardic songs, the lyrics were preserved in Ladino by these Sephardic communities which were created by the expulsions of 1492 (Spain) and 1497 (Portugal). It is merely a footnote to history that five hundred years later, King Juan Carlos of Spain officially repealed the expulsion in 1992.
Personal CareFemale beauty in Spanish lands in the 13th and 14th centuries, Cosmetic ingredients and skin care in medieval Castile, Depilation and antiperspirantsVit “Hark” HrachovyAttendee level: Beginner

* Introduction to medieval female beauty, health and hygiene
* Female beauty ideal in Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities
* Cosmetics ingredients, face skin care, peeling
* Depilation recipes
* Antiperspirants
Personal CareFrom bukhur to fragrant shirts – the many scents of 10th century Al-AndalusDúgū JìnánAl-Zahrawi (or Albucasis) is mostly known as author of major medical texts, but he was also renowned for his work on perfumery and beauty care. This class will discuss the basics of the early Arabic perfumery that shaped Albucasis’ approach to aromatherapy and fragrances. We will also cover major aromatics used in 10th century, technology of production of incense, fragrant oils/waters and the many varieties of fragrances used by elites of Al-Andalus.
Personal CareHead care, styling, grooming and male headgear in the Kingdom of Castile during 13th and 14th century A.D.Vit “Hark” HrachovyAttendee level: Beginner
Given the importance of specific Castilian fashion for the development of Western European clothing, the article focuses on one part of this sphere, namely the treatment and care of hair and beard and the related headgear of the male Christian population of the Kingdom of Castile at the turn of 13th and 14th century. The study is based on books published by King Alfonso X. – Cantigas de Santa Maria, Lapidario, Libro de los Juegos, Libro de los leyes, El libro de Calila e Digna. The article describes the care of hair, beard and teeth and fashionable hair and beard styles, summarizes the typology of depicted and preserved hats and headgear and sets the individual types into the social and utility context of the wearer. For the preserved hats, construction materials and design details are mentioned.
Personal CareLate 16th Century Spanish hairstyling and adornmentBaronessa Isabel Maria del AguilaA survey of common hairstyles of the era, including ways to recreate them using plausibly period techniques and the use of jewellery to transform a look. Suitable for all levels.