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Ancient Iberia

Class NumberClassroomClass TitleDescriptionTeacher
249 Toledo Ancient Iberia and its role in the Mediterranean world during the Iron Age Anna von Osnabruck
248 Toledo The clothing and ornamentation of Iberia during the Iron AgeAnna von Osnabruck
243GuimarãesGadir to New Carthage: Phoenicians in SpainAn introductory exploration of the history, material culture, and dress, from the early Iron Age to the end of the Second Punic War.Suphunibal bat Abdeshmun bn Bodmilqart bn Arish, called Aelia Suphunibal
235 Toledo Visigothic Kingdoms of Iberia (and France, a bit)

Promo video: Visigothic Kingdoms of Iberia
Dame Kinehild le librari

Art & Architecture

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
214 Guimarães La Cantigas de Santa Maria The Cantigas de Santa Maria were composed at the Court of King Alfonso X or Alfonso El Sabio (“The Wise”) of Castile and Leon during the second half of the 13th century. They were not written in Castilian; rather, the Cantigas are a vast and encyclopedic repertory of poetry set to music in medieval Galician-Portuguese. The over 420 compositions include 353 narratives of miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as a large number of devotional and liturgical poems. These Cantigas are thus more than a body of literature or a miracle collection; rather, they are a cultural project of great importance for medieval literature, music, and art and ultimately, a Catholic expression of what would become the Spanish Monarchy. Antonio Giordano da Sicilia
203 Toledo The Geometry of the Alhambra Lady Lianor da Costa
238 Guimarães Gowns of the St. Auta Altarpiece An exploration of the St Auta altarpiece and how it helps us to understand Portuguese women’s fashion of the 1520s.

Promo video: Gowns of the St. Auta Altarpiece
THL Joana de Bairros
224GuimarãesEl Greco and Beyond A look at the famous artists and their art from late period on the Iberian peninsula. We’ll focus on El Greco, (I know, I know, he’s Greek, not Spanish!) and other relevant artists and their influences. Sabine du Holland
210 Toledo The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba A Mosque-Cathedral? This classification is a bit strange to wrap one’s head around, despite being exactly what it sounds like. Built like a Matryoshka Doll, the center of the building is purportedly a Roman temple, then expansions upon expansions have been added on over the centuries in different styles to create a sense of authority and legitimacy through the use of architectural elements. Mainly the relevant expansions made by the Islamic rulers in the medieval period will be examined, but we’ll take time to look at some other expansions briefly, too. The choice of location of the Mosque of Córdoba will also be examined. Officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Catholicism, this building has served many communities over its lifetime, and continues to be a cultural and physical landmark in Córdoba.

Promo video: The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
Epy Pengelly
229 Toledo The OTHER CantigasSongs of Love and Friendship in the Female VoiceGhislaine de Rouen
237 Guimarães Spotter’s Guide to Iberian CeramicsAnt of Saint Cloud
246 Toledo Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Virtual Museum VisitJoin Epy Pengelly, Armiger for a virtual visit of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. Epy is a museum professional that specializes in museum lighting and exhibition design, so expect some behind-the-scenes practical considerations for the displays, as well as some in-depth information on highlighted objects! Though housed in the 19th century Palau Nacional, the holdings of MNAC spans centuries, with vast collections of Romanesque murals and Gothic artwork.

Promo video: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Epy Pengelly

Beauty & Hygiene

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
217 Guimarães The comprehensive beauty care in 11th century Al-Andalus according to Al-ZahrawiThe Al-Andalus physician, Al-Zahrawi, included a very detailed manual on beauty care in his monumental medical treatise. It covers the feminine body from head to toes, from issues of hair loss to treatments of body stench. We will follow his instructions on beauty care as a woman of means would have done in 11th century Al-Andalus.
This class will not be recorded.
Dúgū Jìnán
220GuimarãesThe perfumery handbook of Al-Zahrawi or how to perfume everyone and everything in 11th century Al-Andalus(2 hours) Al-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. We will journey through the ways to perfume people, objects and spaces. From fragrant waters to perfumed beads and clothing, nothing was left unscented in luxury life of Al-Andalus’ elites. This class will not be recorded.Dúgū Jìnán

Clothing & Dress Accessories

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
243 Guimarães Gadir to New Carthage: Phoenicians in Spain An introductory exploration of the history, material culture, and dress, from the early Iron Age to the end of the Second Punic War. Suphunibal bat Abdeshmun bn Bodmilqart bn Arish, called Aelia Suphunibal
206 Toledo Gowns of the Golden AgeA survey of Spanish Women’s Court Gowns between the years 1560 and 1585

Promo video: Gowns of the Golden Age
Isabel Maria del Aguila
238 Guimarães Gowns of the St. Auta AltarpieceAn exploration of the St Auta altarpiece and how it helps us to understand Portuguese women’s fashion of the 1520s.

Promo video: Gowns of the St. Auta Altarpiece
Joana de Bairros
234 Guimarães Making 16th C Spanish Bragas (underwear)Very little evidence exists regarding period Spanish undergarments. This class covers my partner and my journey from extant sources to construction of working Spanish ‘drawers’.
Gomez de Crecy
211 Toledo Pouches & purses – Who wore what when?Just as for clothes, hats and shoes, the purse you wear should match the rest of your gear – the right style for your country, time period, gender and status! This class will provide an overview of purses worn by Spanish men and women, from 12th-16thc. It will draw on information from art and extant pieces to discuss the various styles, materials and construction techniques.

Promo video: Pouches & Purses
Mistress Rowan Peregrine
201 Guimarães Spanish Women’s HeadwearA Survey of Late 16th Century Spanish Women’s Headwear of the Nobility

Promo video: Spanish Women’s Headwear
Isabel Maria del Aguila
230 Toledo Women’s patterns in the book by Juan de AlcegaCatany

Economic History

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
227 Toledo “2 Bits, 4 Bits, 6 Bits, a Dollar.”Overview and impacts of silver mining in Colonial Spanish America.

Promo video: 2 Bits, 4 Bits, 6 Bits, a Dollar
Rudolf Fekter

Equestrian

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
232 Toledo Entertainment and Spectacle in Iberian Mounted TournamentsLandgrafin Else Hunrvogt
213 Toledo Horses of Iberia – History and traditions Promo video: Horses of Iberia Lianor Dos Cavelos

Food & Cooking

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
218 Toledo Apples of Love A brief exploration of the history of aubergines in Iberia, from Moorish introduction to moreish recipes.

Promo video: Apples of Love
Safiya bint ‘Abd al-Shahid
241 Guimarães Iberian Influences on Japanese CookeryThis class will begin by introducing food-stuffs introduced during the Iberian contact period in the 16th century along with a couple of potential candidates. Following raw ingredients, potential Iberian influence on cooking techniques and a number of “classic” and less familiar food items attributed to Iberia will be discussed.Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir
212 Toledo Olla Podrida … a full meal in one potThere are several recipes for the Olla Podrida in Spanish and other European period culinary manuscripts. We will review these variations, discuss the advantages of the dish for SCA events, and the modern descendant of the dish.Juana Isabella de Montoya y Ramirez
207 Toledo Pastéis de leite: The original Portuguese custard tartThe is a practical class demonstrating how to make Pastéis de leite, an ancestor of the famous Pastel de Nata, which is an important part of many holidays to Portugal. The recipe can be found in the Treatise of Portuguese Recipes from the 15th century.

Promo video: Pastéis de leite
Joana de Bairros
219GuimarãesThree Spanish Recipes from Ruperto de Nola (Part 1)In this hands on cooking demo/class Kiriel will prepare a meat casserole Cazuela de Carne (which will be finished in her second class later that day), and will also make marzipans for invalids – not the average marzipan!

Promo video: Ruperto de Nola (Part 1)
Kiriel du Papillon
245 Guimarães Three Spanish Recipes from Ruperto de Nola (Part 2)In this hands on cooking demo/class Kiriel will finish the meat casserole Cazuela de Carne (which she started earlier that day) and make oranges of Xàtiva – delicious cheesecake donuts.

Promo video: Ruperto de Nola (Part 2)
Kiriel du Papillon

Heraldry & Naming

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
208 Guimarães Introduction to Iberian HeraldryAn approachable introduction to Iberian armorial heraldry and heraldic traditions.Memorantia van de Linde
226 Guimarães Names and Naming Practice in the Spanish DomainsIn this class we’ll explore Spanish naming practice, starting with a consideration of the languages and cultures represented there. We’ll look at the names used, how names were put together, and how names reflected family relationships.Juliana de Luna
225 Toledo Names from al-AndalusThis class explores what we know about Arabic names in al-Andalus, mostly focusing on the 9th-12 century, but also a little about late period Moorish names in Valencia.Juliana de Luna

Historical Figures

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
239 Guimarães Traitor, Temptress, Mother: Interpretations of Doña Marina and the Fall of the Aztec Empire
Marina, also known as La Malinche, was an enslaved Nahua woman who served as interpreter and advisor to Hernan Cortes at the time of the Spanish Conquest of Central Mexico. She also gave birth to his son, Martin, one of the first Euro-indigenous mixed race people. Her short life has been the subject of constant and often conflicting reinterpretation, casting her as a traitor to her people, a victim of slavery, a sex-crazed temptress and as the mother to the Mestizos. In this class, we will evaluate what we actually know about the woman herself and her life before and after the arrival of Cortes. We will discuss the role of the Mestizo person in the post-conquest environment of Central Mexico and how modern historians place Dona Marina in the larger context of Mexican history, including nationalistic and feminist interpretations. This class may not be appropriate for children. Potentially difficult topics discussed will include sexual assault, slavery, death of and violence against indigenous people, and descriptions of human sacrifice in a religious context.

This class will not be recorded.
Ilhuicacihuatl de Xochimilco, called Doña Yzma
202 Toledo Pedro el Cruel/Pedro el Justiciero: Es Complicado Pedro I of Castilla has been called “the Cruel” and “the Righteous” depending on your politics. Henry VIII may have had more wives, but Pedro had his own mean streak that people were careful not to provoke. He also was a firm believer of equal justice, as much as could be possible in the 14th century, and he was one of the last of the Christian kings who treated non-Christian subjects with a fair hand. He effectively abandoned his first wife for a mistress whom he was devoted to until her death, and recognized each of her children by him. This class will talk about el Cruel y el Justiciero, about how the same man could be so equally admired and loathed in his lifetime, a life culminating in a violent death at the hands of his half-brother Enrique Trastámara, who then succeeded him. Es complicado.

Promo video: Pedro el Cruel/Pedro el Justiciero
Ana de Guzmán

Iberians Abroad

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
221 Toledo 16th Century Music in the New World: A Blending of WorldsFrom the start of the Colonial Era in the New Word, European music traditions and instruments began to impact indigenous culture, both by force and embrace. However, indigenous traditions refused to die down and evidence of pre-Hispanic musical ideas permeated works and influenced compositions by Old World composers. The musical framework laid down by the Spanish and adopted by the native populations creative a cultural tidal wave that is felt to this very day. In this class, we will be examining some of the musical influences of the Old World that began to take root and impact musical traditions in the New Word and vice versa. This will include examining compositions by both European-born and indigenous composers.
This class will not be recorded
Teuctli Tenochcacuicatl Delmar (Lord Tenoch)
236 Toledo A Century of Portugal in JapanIn 1543, two Portuguese merchants became the first Europeans to arrive in a Japan racked by decades of civil war. Learn more about the collision of cultures and their impact on everything from art to cuisine to warfare.

Promo video: A Century of Portugal in Japan
Saionji no Hana
241 Guimarães Iberian Influences on Japanese CookeryThis class will begin by introducing food-stuffs introduced during the Iberian contact period in the 16th century along with a couple of potential candidates. Following raw ingredients, potential Iberian influence on cooking techniques and a number of “classic” and less familiar food items attributed to Iberia will be discussed.Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir
239 Guimarães Traitor, Temptress, Mother: Interpretations of Doña Marina and the Fall of the Aztec EmpireMarina, also known as La Malinche, was an enslaved Nahua woman who served as interpreter and advisor to Hernan Cortes at the time of the Spanish Conquest of Central Mexico. She also gave birth to his son, Martin, one of the first Euro-indigenous mixed race people. Her short life has been the subject of constant and often conflicting reinterpretation, casting her as a traitor to her people, a victim of slavery, a sex-crazed temptress and as the mother to the Mestizos. In this class, we will evaluate what we actually know about the woman herself and her life before and after the arrival of Cortes. We will discuss the role of the Mestizo person in the post-conquest environment of Central Mexico and how modern historians place Dona Marina in the larger context of Mexican history, including nationalistic and feminist interpretations. This class may not be appropriate for children. Potentially difficult topics discussed will include sexual assault, slavery, death of and violence against indigenous people, and descriptions of human sacrifice in a religious context.Ilhuicacihuatl de Xochimilco, called Doña Yzma
221 Toledo 16th Century Music in the New World: A Blending of WorldsFrom the start of the Colonial Era in the New Word, European music traditions and instruments began to impact indigenous culture, both by force and embrace. However, indigenous traditions refused to die down and evidence of pre-Hispanic musical ideas permeated works and influenced compositions by Old World composers. The musical framework laid down by the Spanish and adopted by the native populations creative a cultural tidal wave that is felt to this very day. In this class, we will be examining some of the musical influences of the Old World that began to take root and impact musical traditions in the New Word and vice versa. This will include examining compositions by both European-born and indigenous composers.

This class will not be recorded
Teuctli Tenochcacuicatl Delmar (Lord Tenoch)

Judaism

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
240 Guimarães Crypto-Jews of the Iberian PeninsulaLarge numbers of Jewish people were forced to convert to Christianity starting in Seville in 1391. Jews were officially expelled from Spain in 1492. Any who lived in Portugal were forced to convert in 1497. All Jews who didn’t leave converted to Christianity. Some were genuine converts but many took their religion underground. This class will give a history, brief survey of customs and the vocabulary of the Crypto-Jews of Portugal and Spain. This class will discuss religious beliefs for educational purposes.Alienor Hathaway

Martial Activities

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
233 Toledo Iberian Fencing: Destreza and VulgarManuel Valle Ortiz
222 Toledo Waging War in High-Medieval CastileWaging war in high-medieval Castile: Arms and equipment of ground and naval forces according to law code of Alfonso X. Livro de las leyes, Ramon Llull “The book of the order of chivalry” * War * Cavalry and infantry * Battle formations * Cooperation of Christians, Muslims and Jews in the army * Soldier equipment * Spoils of war * Special rewards * Reparations * Women roles in army * Naval warfare * Equipment * Armor development in Aragon and Castile between 1280-1310Iňigo Díaz de Haro

Moorish/Al-Andalus

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
218 Toledo Apples of Love A brief exploration of the history of aubergines in Iberia, from Moorish introduction to moreish recipes.

Promo video: Apples of Love
Safiya bint ‘Abd al-Shahid
204 Toledo Classical Court Dance of al-Andalus Students will be introduced to the music, steps, and costuming for this classical style. The cities of North Africa have continued this traditional form since the expulsion. Jnina al-Qahwajiya
217 Guimarães The comprehensive beauty care in 11th century Al-Andalus according to Al-Zahrawi The Al-Andalus physician, Al-Zahrawi, included a very detailed manual on beauty care in his monumental medical treatise. It covers the feminine body from head to toes, from issues of hair loss to treatments of body stench. We will follow his instructions on beauty care as a woman of means would have done in 11th century Al-Andalus.

This class will not be recorded.
Dúgū Jìnán
231 Toledo The Convergence of Two Worlds Arabic Influences on the Spanish LanguageSeamus the Shameless
203 Toledo The Geometry of the AlhambraLady Lianor da Cosat
228 Toledo Let’s Play a DoumbekWe will cover the basics of playing the doumbek as well as basic concepts of playing with a group. By the end of the class you should be able to play along with others and understand the basic strikes of the drum.
You will need to bring your own drum! It doesn’t need to be a doumbek to understand the concepts, but it is highly preferable.
Cameron de Grey
210 Toledo The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba A Mosque-Cathedral? This classification is a bit strange to wrap one’s head around, despite being exactly what it sounds like. Built like a Matryoshka Doll, the center of the building is purportedly a Roman temple, then expansions upon expansions have been added on over the centuries in different styles to create a sense of authority and legitimacy through the use of architectural elements. Mainly the relevant expansions made by the Islamic rulers in the medieval period will be examined, but we’ll take time to look at some other expansions briefly, too. The choice of location of the Mosque of Córdoba will also be examined. Officially the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Catholicism, this building has served many communities over its lifetime, and continues to be a cultural and physical landmark in Córdoba.

Promo video: The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
Epy Pengelly
225 Toledo Names from al-Andalus This class explores what we know about Arabic names in al-Andalus, mostly focusing on the 9th-12 century, but also a little about late period Moorish names in Valencia. Juliana de Luna
220 Guimarães The perfumery handbook of Al-Zahrawi or how to perfume everyone and everything in 11th century Al-Andalus (2 hours) Al-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. We will journey through the ways to perfume people, objects and spaces. From fragrant waters to perfumed beads and clothing, nothing was left unscented in luxury life of Al-Andalus’ elites.

This class will not be recorded
Dúgū Jìnán

Music & Dance

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
214 Guimarães La Cantigas de Santa Maria The Cantigas de Santa Maria were composed at the Court of King Alfonso X or Alfonso El Sabio (“The Wise”) of Castile and Leon during the second half of the 13th century. They were not written in Castilian; rather, the Cantigas are a vast and encyclopedic repertory of poetry set to music in medieval Galician-Portuguese. The over 420 compositions include 353 narratives of miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as a large number of devotional and liturgical poems. These Cantigas are thus more than a body of literature or a miracle collection; rather, they are a cultural project of great importance for medieval literature, music, and art and ultimately, a Catholic expression of what would become the Spanish Monarchy. Antonio Giordano da Sicilia
204Toledo Classical Court Dance of al-Andalus Students will be introduced to the music, steps, and costuming for this classical style. The cities of North Africa have continued this traditional form since the expulsion. Jnina al-Qahwajiya
228ToledoLet’s Play a Doumbek We will cover the basics of playing the doumbek as well as basic concepts of playing with a group. By the end of the class you should be able to play along with others and understand the basic strikes of the drum.
You will need to bring your own drum! It doesn’t need to be a doumbek to understand the concepts, but it is highly preferable.
Cameron de Grey
209 Guimarães My Ukulele is a Guitar An introduction to the Renaissance four-course guitar, its history, and its music, and its differences from its contemporary cousins the Vihuela and Lute, as well as differences from the modern instrument. Signore Tomasso Franceschi
229 Toledo The OTHER CantigasSongs of Love and Friendship in the Female VoiceGhislaine de Rouen
244 Guimarães Spagnoletta, or What the Italians Thought of Spanish DanceThis dance comes to us by way of the 16th Century Maestro Fabritio Caroso, and can be considered a beginner cascarde, by which I mean it is bouncy but not breath-stealing. Come and partake in some fun exercise!Rudaba al-Nahdiya

Portugal

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
236 ToledoA Century of Portugal in JapanIn 1543, two Portuguese merchants became the first Europeans to arrive in a Japan racked by decades of civil war. Learn more about the collision of cultures and their impact on everything from art to cuisine to warfare.

Promo video: A Century of Portugal in Japan
Saionji no Hana
240 Guimarães Crypto-Jews of the Iberian PeninsulaLarge numbers of Jewish people were forced to convert to Christianity starting in Seville in 1391. Jews were officially expelled from Spain in 1492. Any who lived in Portugal were forced to convert in 1497. All Jews who didn’t leave converted to Christianity. Some were genuine converts but many took their religion underground. This class will give a history, brief survey of customs and the vocabulary of the Crypto-Jews of Portugal and Spain. This class will discuss religious beliefs for educational purposes.Alienor Hathaway
238 GuimarãesGowns of the St. Auta AltarpieceAn exploration of the St Auta altarpiece and how it helps us to understand Portuguese women’s fashion of the 1520s.

Promo video: Gowns of the St. Auta Altarpiece
THL Joana de Bairros
207ToledoPastéis de leite: The original Portuguese custard tartThe is a practical class demonstrating how to make Pastéis de leite, an ancestor of the famous Pastel de Nata, which is an important part of many holidays to Portugal. The recipe can be found in the Treatise of Portuguese Recipes from the 15th century.

Promo video: Pastéis de leite
THL Joana de Bairros

Women & Gender

Class Number Classroom Class TitleDescriptionTeacher
239 Guimarães Traitor, Temptress, Mother: Interpretations of Doña Marina and the Fall of the Aztec Empire Marina, also known as La Malinche, was an enslaved Nahua woman who served as interpreter and advisor to Hernan Cortes at the time of the Spanish Conquest of Central Mexico. She also gave birth to his son, Martin, one of the first Euro-indigenous mixed race people. Her short life has been the subject of constant and often conflicting reinterpretation, casting her as a traitor to her people, a victim of slavery, a sex-crazed temptress and as the mother to the Mestizos. In this class, we will evaluate what we actually know about the woman herself and her life before and after the arrival of Cortes. We will discuss the role of the Mestizo person in the post-conquest environment of Central Mexico and how modern historians place Dona Marina in the larger context of Mexican history, including nationalistic and feminist interpretations. This class may not be appropriate for children. Potentially difficult topics discussed will include sexual assault, slavery, death of and violence against indigenous people, and descriptions of human sacrifice in a religious context.

This class will not be recorded.
Ilhuicacihuatl de Xochimilco, called Doña Yzma
215ToledoWomen Without a Man: Widowhood in 13th century SpainA fast overview of legal issues surrounding the status of widows in the early Spanish kingdoms.Magistra Beatriz Aluares de la Oya

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