Teacher Information

THL Joana de Bairros

SCA Kingdom of Lochac

I have been involved in the SCA for 19 years and during that time have developed a passion for both fine clothing and fine food. Until recently I have mostly focussed on the Venetian world but recently have made a move to Iberia due to a desire to find out more about my mundane Portuguese heritage. In the mundane world I have a Masters in History and have taught secondary school history for the past 14 years.
My Portuguese journey is documented here https://joanadebairros.blogspot.com/
My Italian costuming and food can be found here https://elisabettafoscari.wordpress.com/


Which of these is Portuguese? Portuguese women’s dress 1500-1550

A Treatise of Portuguese Cuisine from the 15th Century

Viscountess Else Hunrvogt, OP, OWGS

SCA Kingdom of the West

I hail from the Shire of Canale in the Principality of Cynagua in the Kingdom of the West, (Central Valley of California). I began playing in the SCA in Atlantia in 2002 and moved to the West in 2003.

I am a member of the Order of the Western Gold Scarf, which is my Kingdom’s GOA for Equestrian. I have been riding and driving for 40 years. I work modernly as a veterinarian.

My husband tells me I am a horse addict.

Class: The 15th century horse culture of Duarte I of Portugal

Dúgū Jìnán

SCA Kingdom of Northshield

Dúgū Jìnán lives under the rule of the Tuoba emperors in the State of Wei in Northern China, at the turn of 4th and 5th century CE. She manages the household for her husbands and serves in the inner quarters of the imperial palace. She is quite skilled in materia medica which includes preparation of fragrances and cosmetics.
In daily life, Kasia Gromek is a molecular biologists who studies structure and functions of proteins. Historical fragrances and beauty care from across Europe and Asia are her biggest passion which she shares with others through classes, displays and a blog.

Class: From bukhur to fragrant shirts – the many scents of 10th century Al-Andalus

Urtatim al-Qurtubiyya bint ‘abd al-Karim al-hakam al-Fasi

SCA Kingdom of the West

I teach primarily classes on the cuisines and clothing of the Near and Middle East.

Class: Clothing of al-Andalus (Muslim Spain)

Vit “Hark” Hrachovy

Kastilie 1312, Czech Republic, Europe

Hark is swordplay teacher of Italian Renaissance rapier schools of Giacomo di Grassi and Salvator Fabris, since 2007. Translating both manuscripts to Czech and published on Internet. Leading courses of fencing for children and adults and seminars of infantry military formation drills for groups. http://sosb.cz
Also studying Wing Chun kung fu since 1999 in ELYWCIMAA organization. http://kfwch.cz/
Focusing on re-enactment of early 14th century Castile kingdom ambassador to European countries since 2018. http://kastilie1312.cz
Published full text search index of 13th century Spanish manuscripts at: http://cantigas.cz
Practising medieval music of Cantigas de Santa Maria, Llibre vermell and Guillaume de Machaut. Amateur level performance using flute, guittern, tambourine, voice.
Given lecture was presented in November 2019 at Tomas Bata University at Zlin, Czech Rep.
Published in the anthology Dress during history (Sborník Oděv v historii) 2019, ISBN: 978-80-88320-18-0


Head care, styling, grooming and male headgear in the Kingdom of Castile during 13th and 14th centuries

Female beauty in Spanish lands in the 13th and 14th centuries

Duquessa Juana Isabella de Montoya y Ramirez

SCA Kingdom of the West

I’ve been a member of the Order of the Laurel for over 40 years for cooking and other things. I’ve been mostly focused on Early Modern Iberia for the last couple of decades. I’ve lived most of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area and have traveled to Spain three times. I have not yet learned Spanish, but that is on my list of things to do.

Class: Chicken with stuffing from Martínez Montiño

Doa Illuminada Eugenia de Guadalupe y Godoy

SCA Kingdom of Caid

Illuminada is a 16th century Spanish lady, living in Lima, Peru. Persona development and Iberian studies are major interests. Lorene Dinsmore is an educator who uses those skills within the SCA. contact: thlilluminada@yahoo.com


Mujeras in Peru

Those are Spanish Sleeves!

Mestressa Beatriz Aluares de la Oya

SCA Kingdom of Atlantia

My primary focus is Hispano-Flemish clothing and the history and culture of 15th-16th century Spain.

Class: Introduction to Hispano-Flemish Men’s Clothing

Baronessa Isabel Maria del Aguila

SCA Kingdom of Lochac

Isabel Maria was elevated to the Order of the Laurel in the field of Sartorial Arts. Her primary passion is late 16th Century Spanish gowns of the nobility, and she finds all manner of excuses to wear them (along with all the associated accouterments).


Late 16th Century Spanish hair styling and adornment

Belt Hacks

Lady Lianor da Costa

SCA Kingdom of the Outlands

Sarah B. Thomas teaches mathematics at Community College of Aurora and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, but enjoys cooking and fiber arts in her spare time. Being Portuguese herself, Sarah has a keen interest in the history and lifestyle of the Iberian Peninsula.

Class: Spanish Almond Pastries

Doña Mariana de Salamanca

SCA Kingdom of Ansteorra

I was halfway through a graduate degree in Medieval History when I had to drop out for health reasons. I love my research and have continued it as I can on my own since. I speak snd read Spanish close to fluently and have visited multiple times for research purpose. My current main areas of study are Iberian clothing and general medieval cosmetics and toiletries. I aim to do living history and when at events use only items appropriate to my persona in an immersive manner.


Iberian Women’s Clothing

Iberian Women’s Clothing Late Period

Sayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya’

SCA East Kingdom

Sayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya’ just stepped down as East Kingdom Queen’s Bard, and is the former Bard of Caid. She has a Master’s degree in theatre, and has taught voice, acting, theatre history, and dramatic analysis at a university level and in the SCA. Ladino music is her specialty, and she has been doing groundbreaking research in the field for almost 20 years.


Songs of Sorrow:

Ladino/Sephardic Music from Pre-Expulsion Spain

Introduction to Classical Arabic Music

Ilhuicacihual, called Yzma of Marinus

SCA Kingdom of Atlantia

Yzma portrays an early 16th century Aztec woman in the Society, with emphasis on the native food and drink of the Empire. She is also a regular player in The Barony of Marinus Musician’s Guild, a proud member of the Archery Company of Neptune and the list mom of the Facebook group, SCA New World Personas. In her mundane life, Yzma is Megan, a librarian and legal researcher with an interest in government documents and the modern intersection of religion and government. She can be contacted through the group SCA New World Personas or on Instagram @sca_yzma

Class: In that land of bountiful harvests: Aztec Food and Drink at the Time of European Contact

THL Agnes berengarii de Girona

SCA Kingdom of the West

I am a 15th century Catalan from Girona. My area of interest is playing with string. Currently, focused on embroidery and lacis/filet lace. I have been working patterns from extant pieces of lacis in the Catalogos de Enjaces by Maria Mena.

Class: A 16th century Colcha from Catalogo de Enjaces

Teuctli Tenochcacuicatl Delmar (Lord Tenoch)

SCA Kingdom of Ansteorra

Teuctli Tenochcacuicatl Delmar (aka Lord Tenoch) is the current Premiere Bard of Ansteorra. Besides doing all the bardic and performing arts possible, his A&S pursuits are primarily focused on 16th Century New Word studies. As an avid SCA hafla player, he also has a strong interest in music with Arabic and Middle Eastern influences like Ladino and Sephardic folk music. Mundanely, he has worked with cultural institutions, luthiers, and folk music groups and is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts in Music and Psychology while reviewing research on music health and therapy.


Aztec Languages 101: Classical Nahuatl

Drumming in the Cantares Mexicanos: New World Percussion in the Aztec Empire

16th Century European Musical Influences in the New Word

Barone Antonio Giordano da Siclia, O.P./O.L.

SCA Kingdom of the West

I received my Laurel for “the Humanities”, research, teaching and bardic arts. I have served as the Bard of the West Kingdom and I am stepping up as the Bard of the Principality of Cynagua. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, a Master’s Degree in Writing and a Juris Doctor. I’ve traveled to Spain twice and during my time spent in Granada (la cuidad de los Judios), I attended the exhibit on the Inquisition and Sephardic life both before and after the expulsion. My wife and I are in the midst of trying to finish the second leg of our Camino de Santiago after covering over 185 miles last year, starting in St. Jean Pied-de-Port in France and then crossing the Pyrenees like the pilgrims of the Middle Ages. I have had a love of Sephardic Music for the last fifteen years and I have researched and taught classes on A Survey of Sephardic Music. This presentation will cover the historical and social context of the Jewish Community in Andalucia and the subject matter of the Ladino lyrics as much as the actual music.

Class: A Survey of Sephardic Music from Andalucia Prior to the Expulsion

Maestra Ana de Guzmán, OL

SCA East Kingdom

Ana de Guzmán is a recent cristiana nueva from XIII century Castilla, or an early XVI century lady of the same name whose ancestry would not hold up under the limpieza de sangre laws. She lives in the East Kingdom. She was a principal bard of the Crown Province of Ostgardr, was a King’s and a Queen’s Bard, is a Companion of the Maunche, and of the Laurel. She enjoys the poetry, songs, and stories of three cultures of the Iberian peninsula.

Class: Garcilasso de la Vega: Spain’s Warrior Poet

Kyrios Alexios Chrysoloras

Kingdom of Atlantia/Swordwind Historical Swordsmanship

Alexios Chrysoloras (mka Ryan Neale) is a lifelong martial artist devoting his life to the study of everything from wrestling, to Kyokushin full-contact karate, to his current passion of Historical European Martial Arts. His current focus is the reconstruction and interpretation of the fencing manuscript of Domingo Godinho and the common-school Iberian tradition. He runs a YouTube channel, The Vulgar Skill, where he works through interpretations of Godinho’s work. He has medaled in multiple Historical European Martial Arts tournaments in longsword and rapier and has instructed at multiple seminars and events on Godinho’s use of two swords. He currently serves as the proud rapier champion of the Barony of Sacred Stone under Her Excellency, Murienne L’aloiere.

Class: Street Self-Defense in Common-School Iberian Fencing

Mistress Liepa Jonaite, OL

Kingdom of the Outlands

Liepa Jonaite is a 10th century Baltic tribeswoman who crossed time and space for the love of a 16th century Scottish mercenary retired to a tiny land grant outside Segovia – a story that could only happen in the SCA. Her interests in Spanish life and culture include cuisine, domestic life, and the art and culture of early print books.
Beth Harper is an adult services librarian outside Denver, Colorado. She loves teaching people how to use technology and geeking about diversity in sci-fi, but her secret fascinations are book history, paper arts, typography, and printmaking.
Connect with Liepa at https://jonaskaite.wordpress.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/edgeofcenter/

Class: Francisco Martínez Motiño and early modern Spanish cuisine

Porzia Vincenzo OL

Kingdom of Lochac

Porzia is a long-term resident of Lochac (In Australia) and has also lived in The Mists (Oakland, CA), and in Insulae Draconis (UK). She is best known for her Norse and early era clothing, but has made clothing from almost every SCA era. She is currently fascinated by 13thC clothing related to the Castilian court. Despite 30 years in the SCA she still can’t cook, play music or dance well.

Class: From the Grave: working from extant clothing from 13th century Spain.

THL Bernadette de Costa Tempestad

Kingdom of Caid

Mundanely I am trained as an Architect, the old way, on a drafting table, so when I went to Morocco years ago I was fascinated by the tile artist sketching out designs with a straight edge and a compass. It took me many years to circle around to medieval geometry and the very intricate designs that was created with just a straight unmarked metal ruler and a compass.

Class: Geometry with a straight edge and compass

Maistresse Kiriel du Papillon

SCA Kingdom of Lochac

Kiriel is a long time passionate medieval and renaissance cook. It started with baking a stuffed loaf for her first event (more than 35 years ago) and she hasn’t really stopped. Her experiences in catering include Lochac’s first Coronation where (450 people) the Good Food Feast (a memorable high end $150 pp feast https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/canberras-amazing-onenightonly-medieval-good-food-feast-20150811-gimf7p).
The strangest dietary consideration she has been asked to cater to was for first Coronation, and was “No raw hedgehog flesh, please”.
Kiriel is a member of the Order of the Laurel for cooking.

Class: Cooking together – Janete of Hens

Nieves Rico Parreño

La guardia recreación histórica (Spain)

Nieves is a part of La guardia recreación histórica in Spain.

Class: Dressing the gitana, clothing and regulations of the Romani woman in Spain during the 16th century

Baroness Anastasia Alexandrovna Andreeva (OL)

SCA Kingdoms of An Tir and Glenn Abhann

I have been in the SCA for 41 years. I am an ESL teacher of English. I teach abroad. I have taught in Mexico and Mongolia but had to come back to the US this January due to COVID-19. My main persona is 16th Century Russian. My alternate persona is Romani. I research them in general with an emphasis on Spain and Slovakia. I traveled through Slovakia collecting material and visited some Romani who live there. I lived in Spain for a quarter while in college in 2017 and spent a month there last summer with my friend in Segovia. I speak Spanish having lived in Mexico for 2 years, lived in Argentina for 5 months and Spain for 3 months. I do not, however, write well in Spanish! Just sayin’!

Class: A History of Romani in Spain in the 16th-17th centuries

Mistress Rowan Perigrynne, OL OP

SCA Kingdom of Lochac

My SCA life as Viscountess Mistress Rowan Perigrynne started some 40 years ago with the birth of Lochac, and have been involved ever since. I am interested in everything from medieval food to music, from embroidery to costume. I have been Master of the Worshipful Company of Broderers of Lochac for many years.
In my mundane life as Robyn Spencer, I have mostly worked in the IT industry, managing large scale infrastructure projects.
One day Real Soon Now, I will actually start that blog… In the meantime, you can see many of my embroidery projects on the Worshipful Company of Broderers site: https://wcob.lochac.sca.org


16thc Spanish Hats

Spanish embroidery for clothing

Lord Guillermo de Cervantes

SCA Kingdom of Trimaris

After fighting in the reclamation of Spain (1492), Lord Gui left his homeland when he became disillusioned by its politics. He then began his pilgrimage through the world. It was in Italy that he learned the skills of painting and wood burning (pyrography). There he also studied under the great dance master of the renaissance. He also traveled to study the fighting arts of war and song from the Northman and skalds of Germania, as well as storytelling from Britannia and the Green Isle. Finally, he settled in the Kingdom of Trimaris were he is known as a fighting troubadour, scribe and all around lover of life.

Class: Pyrography for Beginners

Catany Kostym

Zlinska sermirska spolecnost, Czech Republic

Catany is the leader of the kostym.cz project, which since 1999 has been creating functional and period-appropriate reconstructions of historical clothing. At present, she focuses mainly on the study of available archaeological, visual and literary sources and their subsequent practical verification. The main emphasis is on the pattern construction, which is the basis of clothing creation. The results are published on the server www.kostym.cz, which is registered in the WebArchiv of the Czech National Library. Another output is the organization of an international conference Clothing in History, which is attended by both renowned experts and members of the project. Her works is possible to observe at exhibitions in museums or shows in the Czech Republic or abroad. Namely, the National Library in Prague, the Dobó István Vármúzeum in Eger (HUN), the Brno City Museum, the Karlovy Vary Museum, the Orava Castle (SK), the Wedding Palace in Bytča (SK), the Dubnica Castle (SK), the Toszek Castle (POL), Krakow Castle (POL), Buchlov Castle, Jan Amos Komenský Museum in Uherský Brod, Museum of Southeast Moravia in Zlín and many others.

Class: Chapines, overshoes on a high cork sole in the second half of the 16th century

Maria Lopietza de Luna

SCA Kingdom of Atlantia

I fell in love with the Andes my Junior year of highschool when I did what I now know was a very limited report on religion in the Inca Empire. I was expecting romantic polytheism, something like Greece; I didn’t expect to run into a healthy relationship with the dead. I have been fascinated ever since. My degrees are in History (BA), Creative Writing (BA), and Literature (MA), so I approach my research from an extremely bookish direction. If you have questions, comments, or leads, feel free to email me at marialopietzadeluna@gmail.com

Class: Living with the Dead: an Introduction to Death in the Andes

Lord Etienne of Burgundy

SCA Kingdom of Meridies

Because my persona is a scribe I became interested in this monumental work of the Florentine Codex. I have been an SCA member for over 25 years and enjoy research into the history of our period.

Class: The Florentine Codex & the First Anthropologist

Pelayo Mejido Díaz

La Guardia Recreación Histórica (Spain)

I was born in Asturias (North of Spain). I began study History in Oviedo university at 2007. I Have been practicing sports and martial arts since I have memory, aikido, kendo, kenjutsu, iaido, sport fencing until I discover my true love, the historical fencing. I become instructor of the AEEA (Asociación Española de Esgrima Antigua) and founding the EAEA (Escuela Asturiana de Esgrima Antigua) under the guide of the Master Alberto Bomprezzi at 2011. At now I have drills in the 3 principal cities of Asturian, being fulltime instructor since 2013 that I compaginate with the historical reenactment and historical handmade leather-crafting.

Class: La Palestra: fencing during 15-17th century as public leisure.