Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2012

THLord Stefan li Rous offers updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2012.

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

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

The server which the Florilegium site runs on died a week ago, so if you couldn't get to the site, that is why. The Florilegium is now back online running on a new server.

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 have previously sent me an article and it has not appeared in the Florilegium. Sometimes email doesn't arrive, sometimes I just lose track of things, sometimes there are technical problems which with help from the original author can be resolved.

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-two 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 CLOTHING section:

  • How-2-Fnd-Fab-art   "How to find Great Historic type Fabric for Garb cheaply, at Thrift Stores." by Lady Catherine Rose FitzEdmunds.

In the COMBAT section:

  • Osprey-M-Arms-msg   Reviews and comments about the Osprey Men at Arms series of books.

In the CULTURES section:

  • Egypt-msg           Medieval Egypt.

In the FOOD-BOOKS section:

  • cb-rv-Menagier-msg  Reviews of cookbooks containing recipes from the medieval "Le Menagier de Paris" household management manuscript.

In the FOOD-VEGETABLES section:

  • fava-beans-msg      Fava beans and recipes in period.


  • common-wagons-msg   Tips on sharing wagons and hand carts to haul supplies from the cars to camp.
  • event-flyers-msg    Suggestions and comments on flyers for events.

In the SCA-SOCIOLOGY section:

  • Criticism-art       "Criticism: Giving and Receiving" by The Honorable Lady Teleri the Well-Prepared.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  • babies-msg          Camping with babies.
  • bags-baskets-msg    Items for carrying things in.
  • bananas-msg         Period bananas. When and where known.
  • beans-msg           Medieval, old-world beans. Recipes.
  • beeswax-msg         Beeswax sources. Period uses of beeswax.
  • cabbages-msg        Period cabbages. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts. Recipes.
  • cherries-msg        Period cherries and cherry dishes. Recipes.
  • cheesemaking-msg    Comments and info. on cheesemaking. Recipes.
  • drums-msg           Medieval drums and percussion instruments replacing drumheads.
  • fd-Germany-msg      Medieval and Period German food. Cookbooks.

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