Stefan's Florilegium Additions for February 2005

THLord Stefan li Rous has announced this month's additions to Stefan's Florilegium.

Greetings to the Gentles of the Known World,

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

I always welcome comments and suggestions, as well as criticisms. I am constantly trying to improve and add to the Florilegium, so it helps to know what you find useful and what you don't.

I am always looking for new material suitable for the Florilegium. This could be an article on an SCA or medieval subject which you've written for a local newsletter or even A&S documentation or a class handout which will stand alone without the A&S object or the class. My standard policy is to take updates, so you can always replace these with a more standard article in the future. In the meantime, people can be making use of what you have learned.

I plan to attend the Gulf Wars event again in March. If you are going to be there and would like to come by to give me your comments about the Florilegium or just to chat, please do so. I will be staying with my home group, the Barony of Bryn Gwlad, who are usually camped across from the Ansteorra gate.



A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past fifteen 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 series of files I call 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. Contact me for more details.

I am also interested in volunteers who might be interested in helping me maintain the Florilegium. Everything from collecting materials, editing and web work is needed. Again, please contact me for more details.

For those who would like to help support the Florilegium project in another way, I have added a PayPal donation button on the top page of the site. Any donations, while not tax deductible, do help pay the overhead costs of keeping the site running.

THLord Stefan li Rous

One of my prime concerns currently is to update all files to the new format which includes several new features such as making links "pickable" and some disguising of all email addresses to make it harder for the spammer's programs to harvest email addresses from this site. Yes, I am modifying all 1800+ files as fast as I can. This means that while I will continue to add new files each month, the usual amount will be reduced. However, as I update the files to the new format, I am adding any information I have waiting to go in a file, so there will be more updated files

Here are the new files for this month:

In the ACCESSORIES section:

  • finger-rings-lnks - Links to information on medieval finger rings by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.


  • Halloween-lnks - Links to Halloween and its origins by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
  • Holiday-Celeb-lnks - Links to medieval holiday celebrations by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
In the FEASTS section:
  • kitchen-knives-msg - Kitchen knives for the modern kitchen and feast preperation, Knife care.

In the FOOD-VEGETABLES section:

  • Crdoon-Articke-art - "The cardoon and artichoke in 16th century Italian cooking" by Mistress Helewyse de Birkestad.

Here are just a some of the updated files, usually those with the largest amounts of new material:

  • clotted-cream-msg - Clotted cream products. Devonshire cream.
  • dumplings-msg - Period dumplings. Spetzle. Recipes.
  • dyeing-msg - Dyeing techniques and discussion.
  • food-gifts-msg - Period food items that make good gifts.
  • frittours-msg - Period fried breaded foods. Recipes.
  • grape-leaves-msg - Use of grape leaves in cooking. Sources.
  • linen-msg - Period and modern linen cloth. Sources. Care
  • monks-msg - Medieval monks and orders. Monk's clothing.
  • mustard-msg - Mustard seed in period. sauces. recipes.
  • pilgrm-badges-msg - Medieval pilgrim badges. References.
  • soup-msg - Medieval soups. Cooking soups at events. recipes.
  • verjuice-msg - Medieval verjuice. Modern substitutions.
  • vinegar-msg - Vinegar in period. Making vinegar.


Copyright 2005, Mark S. Harris.
Permission to reprint in SCA-related publications is hereby granted if the contents are left unchanged and the author is notified of the publication. Notification may be by email and reformatting is allowed.


THLord Stefan li Rous
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris
Austin, Texas

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