Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2007

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2007.

Greetings to the Gentles of the Known World,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for December detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.

If you have some ideas for articles that you currently can't find in the Florilegium, please let me know and I'll add these to my list which I will eventually post on the webpage, and perhaps someone will write an article on one of those subjects.

If you have written an article for a newsletter or you have a class handout or A&S paper, please send me a copy to possibly add to the Florilegium. This way folks across the Known World can learn from the work you've done. My preference is to get such items in Word or RTF format since then they are easily adapted to the various formats files are available in the Florilegium, but I can accept other formats.

Last month I got bounce messages from both people that I have addresses for to forward this monthly article to the Trimaris list, Baroness Adsiltia and Jacquetta Grimaldi. I would appreciate it if someone would forward this message to the Trimaris list, and/or these two people. Or if there is someone on that list who would like to take over forwarding this monthly article there, please contract me.



A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past seventeen years in an ongoing effort, I have been collecting bits of useful information from various newsgroups, mail lists and articles submitted to me by their authors. In order to make this information available to others, I have placed this information in a collection of files I call Stefan's Florilegium.

I am always interested in new articles. If you have written an article that would be of interest to others in the SCA, please send it to me for possible inclusion in the Florilegium. Contact me for more details.

I am also interested in volunteers who might be interested in helping me maintain the Florilegium. Everything from collecting materials, editing and web work is needed. Again, please contact me for more details.

THLord Stefan li Rous
stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:

In the ACCESSORIES section:

  • hnd-fan-cnst-art - "Constructing an Ostrich Feather Fan" by Lady Drueta de la Rosa.

In the BEVERAGES sectio

  • fresh-juices-msg - Evidence for fresh fruit juices being used in period for drinking and for cooking.

In the CHILDREN section:

  • Childs-Seat-art - "A Child’s Seat" by Mistress Slaine ni Chiarain.

In the CRAFTS section:

  • BY-Blacksmith-art - "The Backyard Blacksmith" by Master Sven Odin Eye.
  • Working-Slate-art - "Working with Slate" by Master Sven Odin Eye.

In the FOOD-BOOKS section:

  • Banquet-Stufe-art - A review by Jadwiga Zajaczkowa of the book, "Banquetting Stuffe", edited by C. Anne Wilson.

In the FOOD-SWEETS section:

  • lebkuchen-msg - Period lebkuchen cookies. Recipes.


  • sandalwood-msg - Period Sandalwood, also known as Saunders.

Here are some of the updated files.

  • blancmange-msg - A medieval rice dish composed principally of rice, almond milk and chicken.
  • merch-spices-msg - Spice merchants. Reviews and recommendations
  • pilgrimages-msg - Medieval pilgrimages and pilgrims. spices-msg Info. on spices, sources for spices.
  • vanilla-msg - The vanilla bean in late-period Europe.
  • veg-stuffed-msg - Period stuffed vegetable recipes.

In honor of the upcoming holiday season, I thought I'd also list a few files having to do with this season.

  • chestnuts-msg - Medieval harvesting and use of chestnuts. Roasting. Recipes.
  • Christmas-art - Medieval Christmas.
  • Holiday-Celeb-lnks - Links to medieval holiday celebrations by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
  • holiday-gifts-lnks - Links to medieval holiday gifts by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
  • Jewsh-Holiday-art - "Jewish Holiday Traditions of the Sephardic Peoples" by Lady Sindara Lind Rachael.
  • St-Nicholas-art - Article on the St. Nicholas traditions.
  • T-H-Dreidel-art - "The Hannukah Dreidel" by Lady Meliora Leuedai de Ardescote.
  • wassail-msg - Spiced cider and ale drinks. Traditions.
  • Wassail-Trad-art - "Wassail Traditions" by THL Johnnae llyn Lewis, CE.
  • Yule-msg - Yule celebrations.
  • Xmas-art - "The True Meaning of Xmas".


Copyright 2007, Mark S. Harris.
Permission to reprint in SCA-related publications is hereby granted if the file descriptions are left unchanged. Removing any of the updated files listed in order to fit the article into limited publication space is allowed. The article introduction may also be edited, provided the web address and contact info are retained.


THLord Stefan li Rous
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris
Austin, Texas

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