Stefan's Florilegium updates for September 2011

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for September 2011.

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for September 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.

If you, your household or your local group run a website, please consider adding a link there to the Florilegium. Not only does this help people who might be interested in what the Florilegium offers find the site, but it raises the site in the Google ratings and thus might bring in more ad money to keep the site going.

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 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 COMBAT section:

  •    boffer-weapns-msg   Making and using boffer weapons in the SCA.
  •    caltrops-msg        A medieval 4-pointed anti-personnel/anti-equine item. Lands with 1 point always up.

In the EQUESTRIAN section:

  •    p-saddle-bags-msg   Period saddle bags. The ways items were carried on horses.

In the FOOD section:

  •    p-street-food-msg   Period street food.

In the FOOD-FRUITS section:

  •    apples-cinn-msg        Period recipes which include both apples and cinnamon.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

  •    pickled-fish-msg       Pickled fish. Either by storing in vinegar or by the action of lactic acid.

In the HOME, SWEET HOME section:

  •    Talow-Candles-art      "Hand Dipped Tallow/Beeswax Candles" by Baroness Onora O'Toole.

In the LIFE-STEPS section:

  •    Marriag-Sagas-art      "The Marriages of Guðrún and Hallgerðr" by Baron Fridrikr Tomasson. Marriage in the Norse Sagas.

In the NORSE section:

  •    Zombies-Iclnd-art      "inn draugir: The Zombie in Old Icelandic Sagas" by Baron Fridrikr Tomasson.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  •    belts-msg           Medieval and SCA belts and baldrics.
  •    camelne-sauce-msg   Sauces w. cinnamon as a major component.
  •    cotton-msg          Period cotton use.
  •    instruments-msg     Musical instruments.
  •    London-msg          Medieval points of interest in and around London.
  •    mustard-msg         Mustard seed in period. sauces. recipes.
  •    placenames3-msg     Origins and meanings of SCA placenames. Pt. 3
  •    spits-msg           Period and SCA spits for roasting meats.
  •    stockfish-msg       Period preserved fish.

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