Greetings to the Gentles of the Known World,
Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for May, detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.
If you know someone who has written a good article on some aspect of the SCA or of the time period and cultures we study, please urge them to contact me and send a copy of their article for possible inclusion in the Florilegium. This is a good way for them to get some recognition for their work as well as help or entertain other folks across the Known World. Class handouts and A&S documentation are also good sources of info that others may find useful.
As mentioned below, May is also the anniversary of the SCA. 40 Years. Wow. From this perspective things often look like they were pre- ordained and that the SCA was meant to be the way it is. Not necessarily. See the various files in the SCA-STORIES section of the Florilegium for stories of the early days of the SCA. And if you were around in the early days, please consider writing up something, from a simple message to an article about those early days for the Florilegium and let those of us who weren't playing then, know what it was like.
A Blending of the Past and Present
Over the past sixteen 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
Here are the new files for this month:
In the CHIVALRY section:
- oaths-lnks - Links to info on oaths of fealty, loyalty and homage by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon
In the FOOD section:
- chestnuts-msg - Medieval harvesting and use of chestnuts. Roasting. Recipes.
In the FOOD-BREADS section:
- bagels-msg - Period bagels.
In the FOOD-SWEETS section:
- candied-peels-art - "Candied Fruit Peel" by Dame Alys Katharine.
In the FOOD-UTENSILS section:
- cooking-pots-art - "The Vassal with the Vessel" by Mistress Andrea MacIntyre, OM, OSC, OBT.
In the FOOD-VEGETABLES section:
- lentils-msg - Period lentil dishes and comments on lentils.
In the SCA-EVENT-PLANNING section:
- waterbearing-art - "Waterbearing As I See It" by Lady Zubeydah Jamilla al-Badawiyya
Here are some of the updated files.
- bread-msg - Medieval breads and grains.
- breadmaking-msg - Period bread recipes and re-creations.
- cabbages-msg - Period cabbages. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts. Recipes.
- clothng-forms-msg - Commercial and homemade clothing forms.
- kumiss-msg - Mongol drink made from mare's milk.
- leavening-msg - Period leavening agents other than yeast.
- nuts-msg - Nuts, acorns, nut flours in medieval foods.
- soapstone-msg - Use of Soapstone in period. Modern sources.
- vanilla-msg - The vanilla bean in late-period Europe.
- vegetables-msg - Period vegetables. Recipes.
May first is celebrated as the anniversary of the SCA. If you are new to the SCA, or just like learning more about what it was like in earlier days in the SCA, I recommend you take a look at the files in the SCA-STORIES section. There are first-hand accounts of the early days of the SCA and of many of the kingdoms in there, as well as some SCA stories and a lot of humor.
Copyright 2006, 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
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at: http://www.florilegium.org ****