Stefan's Florilegium updates for March 2012

THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates to Stefan's Florilegium for march 2012.

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for March 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 have previously sent me an article and it has not appeared in the Florilegium, please feel free to contact me. 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.

I wasn't at Estrella or Lilies and I won't make Gulf Wars this year. If you enjoyed a class there and the teacher had a good handout or article, please encourage them to send it to me or email me with details and I will try to contact them. Possibly their knowledge and effort can then be enjoyed by others across the Known World.

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 ACCESSORIES section:

  • hand-muffs-msg      Period hand muffs. Hand warmers.

In the ANIMALS section:

  •    hedgehogs-msg       Hedgehogs in medieval Europe and in heraldry.

In the CLOTHING section:

  • leg-wraps-msg       Period leg wraps. How to make or buy and wear them.

In the CRAFTS section:

  • Int-Pwtr-Cast-art   "Intermediate Pewter Casting in Soapstone Beyond a Simple Site Token" by Baroness Giliana Attewatyr, OL.

In the ENTERTAINMENT section:

  • court-bingo-msg     Something for those boring Courts, from Trimaris.

In the FOOD-CONDIMENTS section:

  • green-sauces-msg    Period green sauces. Sauces of green herbs.

In the FOOD-UTENSILS section:

  • breakng-t-pot-msg   Period recipes where you are to break the pot to remove the food.

In the PERFORMANCE ARTS section:

  • gifts-4-bards-msg   Gift ideas for bards and performers.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  • Atlantia-hist-msg   Histories of the Kingdom of Atlantia.
  • Balkans-msg         Balkan history and culture. (Yugoslavia)
  • blacksmithing-msg   Blacksmithing, forges, tools.
  • blancmange-msg      A medieval rice dish composed principally of rice, almond milk and chicken.
  • cl-Germany-msg      Clothing of Medieval Germany.
  • early-books-msg     Early books. Construction, size.
  • fundraising-msg     Fundraising ideas for SCA groups.
  • gums-resins-msg     Period use of plant gums and resins. Myrrh, mastic, frankincense, camphor.
  • herbs-msg           Herbs used in period and how they were used. Modern sources.
  • pancakes-msg        Period pancakes and pancake-like foods.
  • panforte-msg        A medieval Italian, sweetened, spiced dessert bread similar to fruitcake or Lebkuchen.
  • porridges-msg       Period porridges and gruels.
  • rapier-books-msg    Period and modern books on rapier combat.
  • sauces-msg          Period sauces. Sauce recipes.
  • theater-msg         Period theater. SCA re-creations.
  • veal-msg            Period veal and veal recipes.

Copyright 2012, 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