Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous has released updates to Stefan's Florilegium for March 2011.

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. 

Thank you to all who have taken the time to look at the ads when you visited the Florilegium and selected one or two.  The Florilegium is completely supported by the ads that merchants are willing to run, along with a few donations. Unfortunately, I think because of folks using ad blocking programs, while the ad viewing count is going down, the number of hits on the site and the load on the servers is going up, so while the Florilegium breaks even, it is less and less each month..                                              

Lastly, if you have any suggestions, questions, comments or criticisms about the Florilegium, please feel free to email me.  Due to employment and transportation problems, I am going to be unable to make it to Gulf Wars this year. So, for those who are able to go this year, please go by the Green Dragon and raise a toast to your friends who could not be there with you.


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 research papers submitted as A&S entries.

The Florilegium now has an RSS feed for those who want an immediate alert when new or updated files are uploaded to the website.

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THLord Stefan li Rous   Ansteorra    stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:


  • DV-Bld-o-Hros-art  - A dog's viewpoint of the 1999 Grimfells "Blood of Heros" event in Calontir, by Baroness Jenna of Southwind.

In the CLOTHING section:

  • Kilts-1590-art - "More than you ever wanted to know about the kilt" by Lord Gregor Mac Beathain.

In the FEASTS section:

  • Hlvg-Fst-Csts-art   "Rob Peter to feed Paul: halving feast costs" by Honour Horne-Jaruk.


  • Fun-w-Sugsr-srt - "Fun with Sugar or Sweet Subtleties" by Lady Deirdre O'Bardon.

In the NEWCOMERS section:

  • Hand-Kissing-art - "Ioseph of Locksley's Handy Guide to Cavalier Hand-Kissing".
  • Persna-Devlop-art - "Some Thoughts on Persona Development" by Domna Liutgard of Luxeuil (O.L.)


  • Demos-f-Chldn-art - "Demonstrations for Children, Schools, Youth Groups" by mistress katherine kerr.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  • hair-msg - Period and SCA hairstyling and care.
  • haggis-msg -  Scottish haggis recipes. comments on haggis.
  • ham-msg - Period ham. Modern sources. Recipes.
  • ivory-msg - Ivory carving. ivory substitutes.
  • meat-smoked-msg - Medieval smoked meats. Smoking meats.
  • monks-msg - Medieval monks and orders. Monk's clothing.
  • P-history-msg - Pennsic history.
  • p-sex-msg - Period thoughts on sex and sexual practices.
  • p-tableware-msg - Period tableware. Period references
  • peacocks-msg - Serving peacock sotelties safely.
  • persimmons-msg - Eating persimmons. Recipes. Where grown.
  • SCA-reasons-msg - The reasons various people joined the SCA.
  • Scotland-msg - Scottish culture. Who lived where. Medieval points of interest. The Orkney Islands.
  • tea-msg - Tea, cha. When it appeared in Europe.
  • toys-msg - Period and SCA toys.
  • wood-bending-msg - Period and modern methods for bending wood.

Copyright 2011, 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