Hugo van Harlo

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Interests: Late Sixteenth Century Dutch History, Cartography, & Print Culture

I am primarily a history buff, researching the history of the Dutch Revolt and early Dutch Republic and the socio-cultural context of Low Countries and lower Rhineland gentry. My focus is between the 1576 Pacification of Ghent and the 1591 withdrawal of Spanish troops to France.

I'm also interested in the golden age of cartography and the burgeoning print culture of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, two areas that have inspired my A&S competition entries thus far:

Research & History Links

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Persona: Rural Dutch Gentry, c. 1575-1590

It is the early 1580s, and the rebellious northern provinces of the Low Countries fight for independence against Habsburg Spain. The realities of the war do not allow Hugo, Jonkheer van Harlo, to peacefully remain only a dutiful member of the local Overijssel gentry. Instead, he has taken to authoring political tracts and raised a vendel of infantry in service to the nascent Dutch republic, of which he serves as its hopman.

SCA History

I discovered the SCA as a senior in college and played for about two years before moving across the country and not playing for almost a decade. I became involved with the SCA again after moving to Kansas City in 2015.

  • Current Group: Barony of Forgotten Sea (Kansas City, 2015-Present)
  • Previous Groups: Barony of Northkeep (Tulsa, 2005-2006), Province of Mooneschadowe (Stillwater, OK, Early 2005)
  • Offices & Service: Lilies 2018 arts & sciences coordinator; Calontir College of Heralds webminister (2016-2018); Forgotten Sea deputy webminister (2017-2018)
  • Apprenticed to Mistress Jorunn Eydisardottir as of Kris Kinder 2017

Classes Taught and Available to Teach

  • Introduction to Late 16th Century Europe, 1566-1610: Fall Rush 2016, Winterkingdom 2017, Lilies War 2017, Lilies War 2018
  • The Birth of the Dutch Republic, 1575-1591: Winterkingdom 2017, Chieftains 2017, Lilies War 2017, Lilies War 2018
  • Pike and Shot Warfare, 1530-1590: Lilies War 2017
  • Survey of Late Sixteenth Century Men's Clothing, 1570-1600: Clothier's Seminar 2018
  • SCA Persona 101: Gryphons' Fest 2017, Lilies War 2018
  • Organizing Your Research, Tips & Tricks: Valor 2018
  • Introduction to 16th Century Mannerism, an Art History Class: RUSH Fall 2018


More information and handouts available at HugovanHarlo.com.