Pike and Shot Requirements

Schola Historia is a community of Living Historians coming together to learn through experience. As such we expect a certain level of accuracy in the presentation of each persona attending. Here are some basic guidelines to help you prepare for the event.

Persona:
To begin with, who are you in this period?  At a minimum, you will need to provide us with your Persona’s name, occupation, rank, and a few sentences about them. This is an immersive event, meaning you will be expected to leave the modern era behind and be in period for the duration of the event. A persona makes this easier. Don’t worry if you do not have an entire backstory chronicled, but do have some basic information about your persona so you can converse easily with other participants.

Example:
Persona: Sibalda Von Reischach
Rank: Baroness (Freifrau)
Occupation: Baroness and Widow
Home: Reischach, Bavaria
Time period: 1520’s
Background: Siba is the youngest child of the Baron Moritz Von Reischach and has 2 older brothers, Moritz and Gustav. She was married at 20 to an elderly friend of the family whose wealth was amassed through the ownership of copper mines near Leipzig. He sadly died 6 years later without having any children by her. She returned to her father’s home after his death to an overbearing older brother who thought little of her. This situation lead her to take the first opportunity to leave Reischah when her favorite brother Gustav passed through while he was on campaign. She cited the companionship of her sister-in-law Hanna and the education of her young nephew Percival as reason enough to be allowed to travel with the mercenary army.

Please indicate on your registration your level of experience and interest in military roles. This will be taken into consideration, but specific rank requests are not guaranteed. All military ranks will be assigned to meet the immersive needs of the event.

Clothing:

You will be expected to wear clothing as close to period accurate as possible during this event. Photographs of your clothing will be required for registration, however you may need to provide documentation for specific items upon request. While there will be variations based on your period and persona, the following guidelines apply to all participants’ garments.

Do:

• Wear only natural fibers. Linen, wool, silk, leather, fur, etc.

• Wear appropriate hats and/or head coverings

• Wear the number and style of layers correct and documentable for your period and personal comfort. At minimum this should involve a base layer of linen shift/shirt; primary layer such as dress, or doublet and breeches/hosen, and protective layers as you feel necessary, such as cloaks, mantles, veils, gloves, armor, etc. (remember this is New England and weather may be quite variable)

• Make sure your shoes are documentable (or very close to) in period research

Do Not:

• Have obvious machine stitching on your garments

• Wear sneakers, modern dress shoes, leather sandals, or fantasy/Ren. faire style boots

• Wear “pirate” style shirts or shirts with elastic at neck or cuffs

• Wear horizontal striped stockings (solid color or vertical stripes are ok)

• Wear anything with visible modern closures such as zippers or metal grommets

• Wear patterned fabric not documentable to your period

Allowable modern concessions for health and safety include prescription eyeglasses, rubber soles and modern insoles on shoes/boots, modern underwear/bras as long as they are not visible and do not interfere with the period silhouette.

Examples of photographs clear enough for registration approval:

Female Holy Roman nobility, 1520s
Landsknecht, 1520s

Further Example of clothing styles:

German, 1520’s

Das Geld Fähnlein

English, 1580’s

Guild of St. Michael

Tableware:
Acceptable materials for tableware are wood, hand-thrown pottery, glass, metal, bone, or antler. The bare minimum you will need is a bowl and cup. Plate, spoon, pricker, 2 tine fork, and a knife are all acceptable.

Examples:

A variety of eating ware

If you have cookware you wish to bring, copper or pottery is best, but cast iron is acceptable as long as there are no conspicuous markings or imprints. Please coordinate with the kitchen team before bringing any kitchen gear for communal use so we don’t end up with too many pots.

It is important to note that the Meal Plan is an additional fee and not included in the registration. Food will be period correct recipes made on site in the communal kitchen space, fires, and oven. Please note any food allergies during registration, and understand that while we will do our best, we may not be able to meet all dietary needs. Das Geld Fähnlein is used to cooking for a variety of dietary restrictions, so please feel free to list your needs. The Menu will be announced closer to the event, and ingredient lists will be available if requested.


Tents:
Canvas tents are the norm at any living history event. We will not allow modern, nylon-type tents at any point during the event. You will be asked for you tent style, dimensions and either a picture or a link to the manufacturer website.
**If bringing your own tent is the only thing keeping you from this event, please let us know. Das Geld Fähnlein and possibly other attendees may have some sleeping space available to share with our guests, but it will be limited.**

Example:

Tents style: Round End Marquee
Tent size: 22’ x 13’
Picture:  http://tentsmiths.com/period-tents-round-end-marquee.html


Furniture varies widely throughout time and region, so please research and be able to document. Good starter pieces are wooden chests, sawhorse style tables, rope beds, straw tics, woolen blankets, and hand-thrown pottery pitchers, bowls and chamber pots.

If you do not have period appropriate bedding and furniture inside of your tent, please keep your tent closed and tied during the day.

Interior Examples:

Nobleman’s tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical tent

Weapons:
Photographs of all weapons must be submitted along with manufacturer specs. All weapons to be used in drills, tacticals, or classes MUST be blunts and designed for sparring/fencing.
Do NOT bring black powder. Black powder will be provided and issued to those who wish to participate in live firing. This is an insurance issue, so please do not ignore this rule. We encourage all participants to bring protection they feel most comfortable sparring in, specifically groin protection. We will encourage modern fencing masks for free-form sparring. Some loaner pikes will be provided, but if your unit has their own, we encourage you to bring them. We further retain the right to prohibit the use of weapons for the duration of the event if we deem they are not being handled safely or are dangerous to other participants.

Final Note:

Lastly, while you are expected to provide your own acceptable clothing and gear, there are a limited number of items available to borrow for the event if you are just shy of what is needed. This list includes items such as basic eating items and a small selection of primarily Landsknecht style garments. So, if you don’t have room to pack your mug on the plane, or know you won’t have time to make an accurate linen shirt, let us know. You must contact us prior to the event as all items will be assigned in the weeks leading up to it. The loaner items will be ready for you to sign out when you arrive. All borrowing is first come, first served, so please ask sooner than later.