Chinese Dynasties, Languages, and Names

Taught by Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir
An introduction to Applied Sinitic Linguistics and recreating premodern Chinese names. Due to the logogram nature of written Chinese, recreating Chinese names is particularly difficult when compared to names recorded as phonograms. This inherently affects recreating Chinese names in the Society. Typically, we have simply transliterated phonograms according to modern transliteration systems such as Pin-Yin or Wade-Giles. There are two problems with this approach. First of all, even modern China does not speak a common language. Chinese motion pictures distributed in the People's Republic of China have Chinese subtitles to accommodate this. Further, we know that languages evolve over time. Combining regional Sinitic languages with historical evolution makes recreating premodern Chinese names particularly difficult. However, recent research in Sinitic Languages combined with fossilized versions in neighboring countries like Korea and Japan can enable us to better recreate premodern Chinese names. While this class is a preliminary examination of how this project can be pursued, the structure of Chinese names, naming patterns, and how names might sound in different dynasties will presented.

Indulgences – Not Just a Get out of Purgatory Card

Taught by THL Beatrice de Winter
While the purchase of an indulgence certainly limited one's time in Purgatory, the beneficiary of this purchase was more than just the purchaser. In addition, it had a significant impact on the economic landscape of Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Come hear the Doyen of Death, THL Beatrice de Winter, share insights into this practice.

Samurai Chef: Designing & Cooking a Japanese Feast with Basic Cooking Techniques

Taught by Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir
What is Honzen Ryōri the aristocratic cuisine of Azuchi-Momoyama Japan? Recreating a pre-modern meal involves more than just following a bunch of pre-modern recipes. Pre-modern meals were composed of a variety of food items assembled together and presented in a manner specific to a particular culture, the occasion of the meal itself, and often reflected dietary theory along with religious and secular strictures. Recipes also depend upon a variety of culture-specific unwritten ingredients, equipment, and techniques. Beginning with fundamental techniques and assumed ingredients, we will examine the structure of an early Winter pre-modern Japanese meal. This examination will revolve around recreation of a simple aristocratic meal with prerecorded video segments.

Printing on Fabric

Taught by Raven Mayne
I will go through the process of painting on fabric from concept to care and maintenance.

The Stigma of LARP

Taught by Éadaoin Ruadh (she/her)
Class will cover the definition of LARP through various organizations' histories, modern day representations, strengths and weaknesses, and attitudes regarding cross-gaming. If you've always had a question you were embarrassed to ask, or didn't know a resource for, now's the time! Class is open and welcoming to all ages, experience levels, and locales.

Recreating Thread, Yarn & Textiles

Taught by Caera Fitzpatrick
A primer in looking at textiles from the standpoint of experimental archaeology. We'll look in detail at an example of recreating an extant piece of thread from the 15th C. We will then walk through how that general process can be applied to recreating other threads, yarns, and fabrics of all construction types.

A Krupnik Retrospective: Four Years A Cordial Maker

Taught by Lord Cassiano da Castello
Zoom presentation via powerpoint with discussion after.

The art of perfumery in ancient Rome

Taught by Dúgū Jìnán
This class is dedicated to the perfumery in ancient Rome. We will discuss the aromatics used and their sources, methods used for preparation and contemporary views on perfuming. I will cover both written sources and archaeological discoveries. The class notes are available on my blog at This class will not be recorded.

The History of Dolls

Taught by THL Marrin O’Kealy
This is an in-depth class regarding the extant evidence and portrait references of dolls throughout the SCA timeline. With an emphasis on the 16th century as it contains more references to the existence of dolls for fashion communication over distances.

Battle of Pavia, 1525

Taught by Friderich Swartzwalder
This class will look at the 1525 battle of Pavia between France and the forces of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. There will be an overview of the important figures, and the background leading up to the battle. The devastating defeat dealt to France will be examined, and it importance in future European events.