Stefan's Florilegium updates for September 2008

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for September 2008.

Greetings to the Gentles of the Known World,

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

As you can see, this months new files consist mostly of some interesting articles submitted by a number of different authors. Writing an article on what you've been researching or crafting is a good way to give back to the Society which we have created. And you don't have to wait until your article is perfect, since, unlike with paper publication where you can seldom update an article, I am willing to accept updates at any time.

Publishing your work in the Florilegium may get you questions and comments which can improve your knowledge and the article. If you are thinking of submitting an article to TI, the Compleat Anachronist or elsewhere, this input may help you improve your article before it gets frozen into paper form.

If you have any comments about or suggestions for, the Florilegium, please feel free to email me.



A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past eighteen 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. A&S documentation and class handouts will also often work out well.

The authors who have submitted articles for the Florilegium often have included explicit permission for republication in SCA newsletters. If you use something from the Florilegium in your newsletter, please read these permissions and follow them. Although it is often quite easy to send an author a copy or your publication or let them at least know by email that you are using their article, I'm getting complaints from some authors that editors are not even doing the latter. For a group of people that hold honor in high regard, this should not happen.

THLord Stefan li Rous
stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:

In the BEVERAGES section:

  • drink-choc-Sp-art - "Tablets of Drinking Chocolate in the Spanish Style" by Lady Elinor Strangewayes.

In the CRAFTS section:

  • Working-Horn-art - "Working with Horn and Skeletal Materials" by Lord Mikal Isernfocar (called Ironhawk).

In the FOOD section:

  • Medv-Fd-Myths-art - "Medieval Food, Fact and Fantasy" by Mistress Helewyse de Birkestad

In the FOOD-MANUSCRIPTS section:

  • Ital-cheese-art - "16th Century Italian Cheese Recipes" trans. by Mistress Helewyse de Birkestad.

In the HOME, SWEET HOME section:

  • 6-board-chest-art - "Building a Six Board Chest Patterned After the Mastermyr Find" by Lady Stephanie Lilburn.
  • Gothic-Bench-art "A Simple Gothic Bench" by Master Dafydd ap Gwystl.

In the PERFORMANCE ARTS section:

  • On-Mad-Songs-art - "On Mad Songs" by Lady Ingeborg bildrbri?tr Ulfsdottir.


  • Gum-Mastic-MA-art - "Various Uses of Gum Mastic in the Middle Ages" by THLady Jutte Haberlein.

In the SCA-INC section:

  • A-Bird-Bath-art - A ceremonial bath for a new Pelican by Mistress Elaine de Montgris (known as 'Lainie).

In the TRAVEL section:

  • Eng-Quadrant-art - "A Late Period English Quadrant" by Lady Elinor Strangewayes.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  • med-letters-msg - Sources for period correspondence.
  • p-agriculture-msg - Period agriculture. References.
  • research-msg - Doing research for SCA projects.


Copyright 2008, 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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