Gerry and Julie's
Landsknecht and Costume Site

This page contains some of the research we've done for our German Landsknecht characters as well as some of the costumes Julie has done for Landsknechts and the SCA. Included are some other pictures of really nice Landsknecht costumes. Landsknechts were German mercenary soldiers of the 16th century. Their height of fame was between 1490 to about 1550.

Both of us have focused on Landsknecht Reenactment at Renaissance faires and in the SCA for about 12 years. Prior to that we had early period SCA persona's, and portrayed English street musicians at Rennaissance faires. Julie has been participating at faires and in the SCA since 1978. Gerry has been participating in the SCA since 1983 and at faires since 1985. Gerry goes by Herr Gunter Hirsch at Rennaissance faires and Sir Arion Hirsch von Schutzhundheim, KSCA at SCA events. Julie goes by Herren Juliana Hirsch von Schutzhundheim and is a member of the Order of the Laurel in the SCA.

Costumes, Photos and Woodcuts:

16th Century German Women's Costume Guide
Our Landsknecht Costumes
Pictures of some Landsknecht Friends
A Few Landsknecht Woodcuts

Landsknecht Character Information:

Renaissance Occupations
Renaissance German Names
Renaissance Historical Data Crib Sheet

Landsknecht Culture and Lifestyle:

14th-16th c. Military Tents
Matt's Punishment in the Renaissance Page
Kim's Elizabethan Period Herbal Page

Landsknecht Songs and Games:

Wir Söldner von der Hohen Wart
Ja Ja lied
Jorg von Frundsberg
so trieben wir
Der umbarmisch Junker
Wir zogen in das Feld


We highly recommend:
The Merry Gamester, A Practical Handbook of the English Speaking World's Most Popular Card, Dice, and Board Games from Ancient Times to the Year 1900
-- By Walter Nelson, Gentleman and Gamester though it should be noted that our rules are not identical in all cases. I believe that Walter also carries some early cards styles.

Cool 16th Century Links

Many of the Photographs on this site were taken by
Our Favorite Photographer:
A.J Stevens, Jr.
(909) 792-4973

Gerry or Julie Adams (Arion and Juliana)

All material on this site is ©Copyright Julia Adams, 1997. Use of any material available here requires explicit written permission of the author.