Stefan's Florilegium updates for December 2011

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

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

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

My apologies for this being late this month. I got laid off in early December from what I thought would finally be a secure job for me and have had to switch into job search mode again. I am also switching to using NeoOffice Writer instead of Word. It is optimized for the Macintosh platform and produces cleaner, smaller HTML code for the website. However, it did mean re-writing my HTML processing program that I use to post-process the HTML files for publication on the website. If this causes a problem for you with the new files, please let me know.

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 Happy Yule to all!

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 BEVERAGES section:

  • Chocolat-Mead-art   "Chocolate Mead aka Liquid Sex Mead" by Lord Rhys, Capten gen y Arian Lloer.

In the CLOTHING section:

  • Bliauts-art         “The Mysterious Bliaut Revealed” by Mistress Enid d’Auliere, OL

In the HOME, SWEET HOME section:

  • Viking-Bed-art      "Design and making of a 10th century Viking bed" by Lord Rhys, Capten, gen y Arian Lloer.

In the PENNSIC section:

  • P-Thngs-To-Do-art   “Things To Do At Pennsic” by Lady Katharine of Caithness.
  • What-s-Pensic-art   "What is Pennsic?" by THLady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir.

In the TEXTILE ARTS section:

  • Bayeux-Tapsty-art   "Bayeux Tapestry: A Brief Overview" by Lady Eleanor Ravenild.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  • cookbooks-SCA-msg   Cookbooks written by people in the SCA.
  • Presrvd-lemons-msg  Dried, pickled and salted preserved lemons.
  • salt-msg            Medieval salt production and use.
  • spice-storage-msg   Period and modern spice storage.
  • tent-floors-msg     What to use on the ground in your tent.

Since we are entering the Yule season, here are a few seasonal files:

  • apples-cinn-msg     Period recipes which include both apples and cinnamon.
  • bread-pudding-msg   Period bread pudding.
  • Christmas-art       Medieval Christmas.
  • Sugarplums-art      "Visions of Sugarplums" by Mistress Renata Kestryl of Highwynds.
  • St-Nicholas-art     Article on the St. Nicholas traditions.
  • T-H-Dreidel-art     "The Hannukah Dreidel" by Lady Meliora
  • Toys-in-th-MA-art   "Toys in the Middle Ages" By Lady Margritte of Ravenscroft.
  • wassail-msg         Spiced cider and ale drinks. Traditions.
  • Yule-msg            Yule celebrations.

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