Hugo van Harlo

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Registered Name: Hugo van Harlo
Resides: The Barony of Three Rivers, Calontir
Status: Active
Joined SCA: 2015-ish
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Hugo van Harlo

Sable, in pale two eagle's feet couped inverted Or.

Heer Dokter Hugo van Harlo, OL

Previously Known As: Hugo von Ortenburg

Additional Registered Heraldry:

(Used as a Crest): (Fieldless) A cockerel's head couped sable, beaked, langued, combed, and wattled Or
(Used in the Standard SCA Convention): (Fieldless)An eagle's leg couped sable membered Or maintaining a grenade bendwise sable enflamed Or.


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Persona History:

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 Jonkheer Hugo 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.


I am primarily a history buff, researching the Dutch Revolt, early Dutch Republic, and the transnational noble families of the eastern Low Countries & lower Rhineland. My historical anthropology of the Renaissance-era Low Countries spans from ca. 1550-1619, but my personal focus - and that of my persona - is from 1576 to 1592.

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.

Timeline of Activity:

I had my start in the Society as a college senior on the periphery of Mooneschadowe (Stillwater, OK) followed by a year after graduation in Northkeep (Tulsa, OK). A cross-country move saw me step away from the organization for almost a decade. It was another move - this time to Kansas City & Calontir in 2015 - that lead to my return... and the jumping in with both feet that's happened since then.

Elevation to the Laurel

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Populace Provided Information:


January 28, 2023
To Your Majesties of Calontir, I thank you for the privilege to speak in this place and at this moment. There is a tale told of a man who fell in a hole so deep, he could not escape. Many came by and offered mockery or platitudes, but went on their way, leaving him behind. Eventually one of the man's friends wandered by, saw his plight, and jumped down into the hole with him. "Now we are both trapped!" cried the man. "Yes," said his friend, "But I've been down here before and we'll find the way out together."

Hugo is the kind of man who will not hesitate to jump into the hole to help others find their way out. He has the heart of a hero and of a servant.

Three months after he joined our Society, Hugo was helping out at demos, sharing his love and passion for our game. He understands service, because it is as much a part of him as his booming laughter, his magnificent beard, or his love of the Netherlands. Your Majesties, and assembled Host of Calontir, I, Zubeydah, am proud to say that this man is my Peer.

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  • Previously Apprenticed to Baroness Jorunn Eydisardottir, O.L.

Mundane Information:

As an outgrowth of my research into the Renaissance-era Low Countries, I've launched a dedicated Facebook page and website. Given that not all of that audience are SCA members (and some are professional historians and educators), I've chosen to brand it with my real name instead of "Hugo van Harlo."

- Facebook Page:
- Website:

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