Stefan's Florilegium updates for April 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous has published updates to Stefan's Florilegium for April 2011.

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for April 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:

In the FOOD-BY-REGION section:

  • fd-India-msg - Food of medieval India. Recipes.

In the FOOD-SWEETS section:

  • jams-jellies-msg -   Period fruit jams, jelly, preserves, marmalades, conserves and butters.

In the FOOD-VEGETABLES section:

  • Olive-Cul-Hst-art  - "The Olive – A Cultural History" by HL Biatrichi di Palermo.

In the HOME, SWEET HOME section:

  • Candle-Making-art   "Medieval Candle-Making" by Syardis Hohenzollern.

In the RELIGION section:

  • Islam-alcohol-msg   Arabic and Islamic drinking of alcohol.

In the SCA-EVENT-PLANNING section:

  • Entermnt-Stwds-art  "Entertainment at SCA Events - Tips for Stewards" by mistress katherine kerr.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  • brd-manchets-msg  -  Small bread loaves of the finest white flour
  • butter-msg  - Period butter. Making butter. Butter churns.
  • candles-msg - Candle snuffers, making candles, wax, tallow
  • cattle-msg - Period cattle and cattle raising.
  • cl-Germany-msg - Clothing of Medieval Germany.
  • cloaks-msg - Cloaks, cloak pins and clasps.
  • cloved-fruit-msg - Period cloved fruit. Origin of the SCA game.
  • dolls-msg - Medieval fashion and toy dolls.
  • fd-paintings-msg - Period paintings that show food items.
  • flour-msg - Types of flour. Sources. Period flour.
  • frittours-msg - Period fried breaded foods. Recipes.
  • lamb-mutton-msg - Medieval lamb and mutton. Recipes.
  • marmalades-msg - Period marmalades.
  • nutmeg-mace-msg - Info on the spices nutmeg and mace.
  • peppers-msg - The introduction of peppers to Europe.
  • spice-storage-msg - Period and modern spice storage.

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