Stefan's Florilegium files for December 2010

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates to Stefan's Florilegium for December 2010.

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for December 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. 

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Thank you to all who have taken the time to look at the ads when you visited the Florilegium and picked on one or two.  The Florilegium is completely supported by the ads that merchants are willing to run, along with a few donations.

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A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past twenty-one 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 called 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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Here are the new files for this month:

In the BEVERAGES section:

  •    Bottle-Labels-art   "'Labels? We don't need no stinking labels.' Yes you do!" by HL Rory McGowen.

In the FOOD-CONDIMENTS section:

  •    hummus-msg          Modern "hummus" dip is not the same as period hummus.

In the NEWCOMERS section:

  •    Jena-Estrella-art   "A report about Jenna's trip to the Estrella War" by Baroness Jenna of SouthWind, OP.

In the SCA-INC section:

  •    GA-lunch-auct-msg    Buy a Peer, buy a lunch! - A lunch auction fundraiser at the Gleann Ahbann 5th Year.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  •    flavord-butrs-msg   Period and SCA, flavored butters.
  •    fried-breads-msg    Period fried breads. Funnel cakes, donuts.
  •    garlic-msg          Medieval use of garlic. Garlic storage.
  •    grape-leaves-msg    Use of grape leaves in cooking. Sources.
  •    Trim-hist-msg       Histories of the Kingdom of Trimaris.

Since this now the Yule season, here are some files in celebration of this time of year.

  •    bread-pudding-msg   Period bread pudding.
  •    Christmas-art       Medieval Christmas.
  •    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.
  •    pomegranates-msg    Pomegranate fruit, juice and seeds.
  •    Scentd-Oils-W-art   "Making Medieval Style Scented Oils & Waters" by Jadwiga Zajaczkowa.
  •    Sugarplums-art      "Visions of Sugarplums" by Mistress Renata Kestryl of Highwynds.
  •    T-H-Dreidel-art     "The Hannukah Dreidel" by Lady Meliora Leuedai de Ardescote.
  •    toys-msg            Period and SCA toys.
  •    Toys-in-th-MA-art   "Toys in the Middle Ages" By Lady Margritte of Ravenscroft.
  •    Turkeys-a-GB-art    "On Turkeys and Great Birds" by Johnnae llyn Lewis.
  •    wassail-msg         Spiced cider and ale drinks. Traditions.
  •    Wassail-Trad-art    "Wassail Traditions" by THL Johnnae llyn Lewis, CE.
  •    wintr-sports-lnks   Links to info on medieval winter sports by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
  •    Xmas-art            "The True Meaning of Xmas".
  •    Yule-msg            Yule celebrations.

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