The Good News: If you’re interested in Renaissance-era Dutch and Flemish history, there’s a vast array of sources and scholarly research out there for you.
The Not-So-Good News: For hobbyist reenactors and history enthusiasts, finding – and later remembering – the names and locations of these assorted projects, communities, journals, and archives can be challenging.
This is my attempt to catalog the many resources I’ve discovered – and have drawn from – in my own research into the Renaissance-era Low Countries.
This is an ongoing, evolving catalog. If you know of a resource you think should be added, please reach out!
Letters, art, artifacts, and printed materials. Databases and other collections of primary and contemporary sources relevant to Renaissance-era Dutch and Flemish studies.
Collections of sixteenth century heraldry native to the Low Countries – or including significant numbers of heraldic arms from the region
Scholarly projects, programs, university departments, and societies related to Renaissance-era Dutch and Flemish studies.
Relevant peer-reviewed journals with frequently – or occasionally – relevant articles and reviews.
Institutions across the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and other regions with historic ties to the Low Countries
References, merchants, historical costumers, groups, and events for those interested in portraying the long sixteenth century.
A personally curated collection of books relating to the Renaissance-era Low Countries and broader Northern Renaissance Europe. Built in LibraryThing’s TinyCat service. Opens in a new tab.
Who is Behind This?
Will Phillips is a history enthusiast now residing in the Midwest United States interested in the historical anthropology of the Renaissance-era Low Countries. This site (and accompanying Facebook page) exist to share the fascinating stories of the Dutch Revolt and early Republic with a wider English-language audience.
In the Society for Creative Anachronism and other reenacting circles, he is also known by his living history persona, Hugo van Harlo, a fictional member of the Dutch gentry ca. 1580.