Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates for Stefan's Florilegium for March 2010.

Greetings to the Gentles of Known World,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for March 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.

If you are a newsletter editor and would like to get a copy of this monthly article for your print newsletter several weeks before I post it to the mail lists, please contact me. If you publish a newsletter on the web, I also have a version of this article which includes the links for each file. If you would like to get on my list for the web version of this article, please email me.

For those going to Gulf Wars this year, I will again be teaching my class on the Florilegium on Wednesday and Friday. Find out the history of the Florilegium, what it is good for and what it isn't and some useful hints on using it. On Tuesday and Thursday I will again be teaching my hands-on pewter casting classes. Learn how to carve your own molds in soapstone in the morning class and then use that mold to make some castings in the afternoon class. And lastly, I am helping to 
organize a panel discussion on Wednesday for newcomers to the SCA.  Come get your questions answered.

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A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past twenty 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. I am especially interested in A&S papers.

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      THLord Stefan li Rous   Ansteorra    stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:

  • In the ACCESSORIES section:
    •     Diamonds-art        "Diamonds - Rare and Precious" by Lady Rutilia Fausta.
  • In the COMBAY section:
    •     Lite-Lg-Hrnss-art   "Light Leg Harness: Tube-reinforced Gamboised Cuisses" by Baron Timothy Garagchan o'Leitrim.
  • In the COMBAT-RAPIER section:
    •     Square-Bucklr-art   "To make a Square Target In the Style of Marozzo or DiGrassi" by Don Tivar Moodragon
  • In the EQUESTRIAN section:
    •     Desen-Y-Horse-art   "Equestrian Games - desensitizing your horse, an intro" by Lady Isabell Winter.
  • In the FOOD-BY-REGION section:
    •     fd-Khazaria-art     "Eating patterns in pre 12th Century Khazaria among observant Jews" by Baron Khadir bar Yosef Ha-Kuzari.
  • In the PERFORMANCE ARTS section:
    •     Sextain-art         "Sextain: Sestina by any other name" by Lady Ingeborg bildrbriótr Ulfsdottir.
  • In the PERSONAL CARE section:
    •     Thorns-o-Rose-art   "Thorns on a Rose - The History and Historical Epidemiology of Syphilis in Renaissance Europe" by THLady Maimuna al-Bukhariyya.
  • In the PLANTS, HERBS AND SPICES section:
    •     P-Gardn-Ideas-art   "Incorporating Period Garden ideas in your garden or encampment" by Metressa Jadwiga Zajaczkowa.
  • In the SCA-STORIES section:
    • Branch-Names-art "How branches in the Known World were named" by Lord Domhnall na Moicheirghe.

Here are the updated files for this month:

  • bruise-cream-msg Period and SCA bruise creams.
  • horses-msg Medieval horses. Horses in the SCA.
  • Lochac-hist-msg History and description of the Kingdom of Lochac. (Australia, New Zealand)
  • p-menus-msg Examples of medieval feast menus.
  • presrvd-lemons-msg Dried, pickled and salted preserved lemons.
  • soapstone-msg Use of Soapstone in period. Modern sources.
  • whale-meat-msg Use of whale and porpoise meat in period. Recipes. Substitutions.

Copyright 2010, 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