Stefan's Florilegium updates for May 2012

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

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Happy 46th Birthday to the SCA!

It's hard to believe I've been playing this game for half that time!

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for May 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-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 ANIMALS section:

  • British-Sheep-art   "A History of Sheep Breeds in Britain" by Maistreas Siobhan nic Dhuinnshleibhe, OL


  • The-Yule-Log-art    "The Yule Log" by Lady Katharine of Caithness.

In the CRAFTS section:

  • Mk-Pole-Lathe-art   "Making and Using a Pole Lathe" by Lowrens Wilyamson.

In the ENTERTAINMENT section:

  • Cards-a-Dice-art    "Some Cards and Dice Games" by mistress katherine kerr.

In the HOME, SWEET HOME section:

  • Trestle-Table-art   "A Trestle Table for Under $35" by Lady Genoveva von Lübeck.

In the NEWCOMERS section:

  • SCA-Feasts-art      "Orts It All About, Alfred? - (Attending your first year or two of SCA Feasts)" by Lady Caterina della Pieri.

In the PEOPLE AND PLACES section:

  • Braveheart-art      "The Real Braveheart" by Lady Marion of Heatherdale.

In the PERSONAL CARE section:

  • M-Aprodisiacs-art   "Medieval Aphrodisiacs" by Baroness Anastasia Alexandrovna Andreeva, OL

In the SCRIBAL ARTS section:

  • Beg-C-Pntng-art     "Getting Started - A $25 Materials Guide For Beginning Charter Painters" by Rose the Obnoxious.

In the STRUCTURES section:

  • On-Pavilions-art    "Things I've Learned the Hard Way" by Lady Isabelle LaFar.

In the WEDDINGS section:

  • Mdvl-Weddngs-art    "Weddings in Medieval Times" by Lady Katharine of Caithness.

Here are the updated files for this month.

  • liver-msg           Medieval cooking of liver. Recipes.
  • nuts-msg            Nuts, acorns, nut flours in medieval foods.
  • Poland-msg          Medieval Poland. References.
  • rattan-msg          Working with rattan. Rattan sources.
  • rabbit-dishes-msg   Period rabbit and hare recipes.
  • shields-msg         SCA and period shields.
  • shoemaking-msg      Making shoes. More detailed than shoes-msg.
  • tent-care-msg       Care of tents. waterproofing, washing.
  • vinegar-msg         Vinegar in period. Making vinegar.


Copyright 2012, Mark S. Harris. Permission to reprint in SCA-related publications is hereby granted if the file descriptions are left unchanged. Unless you are an editor in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, where the kingdom chronicler has declared it can not be used unless it comes with a copy of the kingdom's release, which happens to be impossible to include in an email to the lists. Email me if you need a more explicit release and we will work something out. 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