Stefan's Florilegium updates for June 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for June 2009.

Greetings to the Gentles of Known World,

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

I am always looking for good articles for the Florilegium. If you have researched a little known subject in our period or you practice a little known art or craft writing an article is an excellent way to introduce others to the work you've done. I'm especially interested in academic papers written for A&S contests because, unfortunately, few have time at such an event to read them. Even the judges. Getting them published in the Florilegium lets your hard word benefit the entire Known World.

My standard policy is that the copyright remains with the author and I will accept updates or removal requests at any time. So you don't have to wait until you have that "perfect" article. You can update it as you learn more. In the meantime, folks can be learning from your paper and you might get some good, useful feedback. Even if your article has been previously published elsewhere, I'm happy to consider it. Not everyone around the Known World has seen your kingdom's A&S issue or your local group's newsletter. I'm happy to give credit to the publication where an article was first published by adding a notation to an article.



A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past nineteen 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 have added an RSS feed for the Florilegium website. If you are already reading RSS feeds, please add the Florilegium RSS feed to find out when new and updated files as well as new features get added to the website. If you are unfamiliar with RSS, or Real Simple Syndication, it is a method built into many web browsers, and also available as a separate tool, which alerts you when the contents of your favorite websites have been changed.

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. I am especially interested in A&S papers.

THLord Stefan li Rous
stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:

In the BEVERAGES section:

  • Vintng-Harvst-art - "A Vineyard Experiment" by Baron Damon Hroarsson.
  • Vintng-Tools-art - "A Vineyard Experiment - Appendix 1: A closer look at some period tools of the trade" by Baron Damon Hroarsson.
  • Vintng-Proces-art - "A Vineyard Experiment - Appendix 2: Winemaking, a personal experience." by Baron Damon Hroarsson.

In the CHILDREN section:

  • toddlr-tethrs-msg - Use of tethers/"leading strings" to control toddlers in period and the SCA.

In the FOOD section:

  • Dairy-Prodcts-art - "1450 Flanders Dairy Challenge" by Lady Hrosvitha von Celle (Vitha).
  • Sumr-Fd-Safty-art - "Summer Food Safety" by THL Johnnae llyn Lewis

In the PEOPLE AND PLACES section:

  • Chaucer-Cifer-art - Geoffrey Chaucer and his ciphers by Seigneur Lucien de La Rochelle.


  • 15-16C-Flowrs-art - "Floral Arrangements of the 15th and 16th Century" by Senora Dorothea Manuela Ponce.

In the SCA-STORIES section:

  • SCA-War-Xcuse-msg - Interesting excuses given for SCA Wars.

In the SCRIBAL-ARTS section:

  • A-Period-PDA-art - "A Period PDA" by James Northfolke. The table- book.

In the TEXTILE-ARTS section:

  • card-weaving-msg - Card and tablet weaving.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  • armrd-turnps-msg - The medieval and SCA dish, armored turnips.
  • blood-dishes-msg - Use of blood in period foods. Recipes.
  • bread-pudding-msg - Period bread pudding.
  • cherries-msg - Period cherries and cherry dishes. Recipes.
  • cooks-clothng-msg - Period and SCA cooks clothing.
  • dates-msg - Period date fruits. Recipes.
  • Lent-msg - Medieval Lenten practices and restrictions.
  • pilgrm-badges-msg - Medieval pilgrim badges. References.
  • seaweed-msg - Use of seaweed as food and for other uses.
  • tasting-tabls-msg - Introducing people to medieval foods using food samples and tasting tables.


Copyright 2009, 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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