Stefan's Florilegium updates for June 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for June 2011.

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for June detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.

I am always looking for good articles for the Florilegium. If you have researched something 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.  Word format is the easiest for me to handle, but others are possible.

Thank you to the 1 percent or so of readers who have supported the Florilegium site by taking the time to select and look at one of the ads when you visited. Your clicking on the ads pays the operating costs of the site.

Lastly, if you have any suggestions, questions, comments or criticisms about the Florilegium, please feel free to email me.

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.

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     THLord Stefan li Rous   Ansteorra    stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:

In the BEVERAGES section:

  • Non-Alco-Bevs-art   "Non Alcoholic Beverages of the Middle Ages" by HL Rory McGowen.

In the CULTURES section:

  • Denmark-msg         History and culture of Denmark.

In the FEAST-REViEWS section:

  • AB-Saturnalia-msg   Barony of al-Barran's Midwinter feast in Dec. 2010 by Mistress Cailte Caitchairn, O.L.

In the FEASTS section:

  • food-safety-msg     Comments on serving food safely in the SCA.

In the PENNSIC section:

  • Pensc-Caltrop-art   "Making a caltrop at Pennsic 24" by Wilelm the Smith.

In the PERSONAL CARE section:

  • Medvl-Pills-art     "The Form and Function of Pills and Troches in the Middle Ages" by HE Mistress Onora O'Toole, OP.


  • rose-hips-msg       Medieval use of rose hips. Recipes.

In the SCA-INC section:

  • frecyclng-SCA-msg   Freecyling within the SCA. Putting out items to give away.

In the SCA-SOCIOLOGY section:

  • Thrwng-n-Towl-art   "Throwing in the Towel on the SCA" by Duchess Dame Yolande Kesteven.

In the SCRIBAL-ARTS section:

  • Bookbindng-BH-art   "Bookbinding: a brief history" by Lady Isabell Winter.

In the STRUCUTRES section:

  • tent-walls-msg      Useful comments on tent and pavilion walls.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  •    p-dental-care-msg   Period dental care. dentures. cavities.
  •    Atlantia-hist-msg   Histories of the Kingdom of Atlantia.
  •    banners-msg         Flags and banners. Period and SCA construction.
  •    blood-dishes-msg    Use of blood in period foods. Recipes.
  •    child-clothes-msg   Period and SCA children's clothing.
  •    coronets-msg        Medieval coronets and crowns. Modern sources
  •    fashion-msg         Why certain clothes were in fashion.
  •    fish-pies-msg       Period fish pies. Recipes.
  •    fowls-a-birds-msg   Period fowls and birds. Period Chickens.
  •    lentils-msg         Period lentil dishes and comments on lentils
  •    ovens-msg           Medieval ovens.
  •    peacocks-msg        Serving peacock sotelties safely.
  •    querns-msg          Small hand mills for grinding grains.
  •    whisks-msg          Period whisks.

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
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