Stefan's Florilegium updates for July 2009

THLord Stefan li Rous offers new articles and updates to Stefan's Florilegium for July 2009.

Greetings to the Gentles of Known World,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for July 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.

Several months ago I added an RSS feed to the Florilegium so readers could get ongoing, immediate updates for the Florilegium. This does take a fair amount of work each time a file is updated. If you are using this feature, please let me know so I know whether to keep doing it.



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 CHILDREN section:

  • Horsey-Toys-art - "Horsey Toys" by Lady Ryska Goodwyfe Shipbuilder.

In the FOOD section:

  • DYKIP-Food-art - "Did You Know It's Period? - Modern Medieval Food" by HL Rowan Houndskeeper.
  • DYKIP-Veg-Frt-art "Did You Know It's Period? Part 2 - Vegetables and Fruits" by HL Rowan Houndskeeper.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

  • chicken-legs-msg - Period dishes using (inexpensive) chicken legs.
  • Meat-wo-Refrg-art - "Preserving Meat without Refrigeration" by THL Giles fitz Alan

In the FOOD-VEGETABLES section:

  • rhubarb-msg - Medieval uses of rhubarb.

In the HERALDRY section:

  • pentagrams-msg - The case for and against allowing pentagrams in SCA heraldry. It's history within the SCA.

In the HOME, SWEET HOME Section:

  • Med-Lighting-art - "See What You're Eating: A how-to guide to Period (600 CE - 1600 CE) lighting for the feast table" by Master Bedwyr Danwyn.

In the PERSONAL CARE section:

  • Birth-Control-art - Birth control methods of the Medieval and Renaissance Ages by THLady Maimuna al- Bukhariyya


  • sorrel-msg - Medieval uses of sorrel. Recipes.

Here are the updated files for this month:

  • cook-ovr-fire-msg - Cooking over open fires. Outdoor feasts.
  • fish-pies-msg - Period fish pies. Recipes.
  • fruit-pears-msg - Period pears and pear recipes.
  • lapidary-msg - Period and SCA gemstone cutting.
  • rue-msg - Medieval uses of the herb "rue". Cautions.
  • seafood-msg - Medieval non-fish seafood. Recipes.

Those headed to Pennsic, ought to take a look at the SCA-CAMPING and the PENNSIC sections in the Florilegium. There are all sorts of files there, from those to help keep you safe to those that are entertaining, such as:

  • Eatng-Pennsic-art "Eating in (Period) Style at Pennsic" by Lord Bogdan de la Brasov, CW.
  • Fire-Book-art Baron Durr's Guide to Safe Fire Use.
  • New-2-Pennsic-msg Information for those new to Pennsic.
  • P-Food-Safety-art "Pennsic Food Safety" by Andrew MacRobb.
  • Quest-f-Scotch-art "Quest for Scotch ? A Pennsic Tale" by Philippa Ferraria.


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.