Stefan's Florilegium updates for February 2007

THLord Stefan li Rous has posted updates to Stefan's Florilegium for February 2007.

Greetings to the Gentles of the Known World,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for February, describing what is new in the Florilegium this month. There are now hundreds of SCA and medieval oriented mail lists. There is no way I can keep up with more than a few of these. If you see a message or message thread on a public mail list that you think would make a good addition to the Florilegium, please send me a copy including the message header so the author gets credit. Articles are especially nice. I will give credit for forwarding the message or leave the forwarder anonymous, as desired.

If you will be going to Gulf Wars in March, I will be teaching my class on the Florilegium, twice. For those interested in pewter casting, I will also be teaching my hands-on pewter casting class using carved soapstone molds as well. Please check the official class schedule for the specific days and times. If you would like to come by and visit and talk about the Florilegium or practically anything else, i will be camping with my barony, just across the road from the Ansteorra gate.



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
stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:

In the ANIMALS section:

  • sheep-lambs-msg - Medieval sheep and lambs. Breeds.

In the FEASTS section:

  • Spanish-Feast-art - A Spanish Feast cooked by Mistress Jadwiga Zajaczkowa at the Conviencia 2 event.

In the FOOD-BOOKS section:

  • online-ckbks-lst - A list of online medieval cookbooks and food manuscripts by Thomas Grozier.

In the PERFORMANCE ARTS section:

  • CF-Drink-Sngs-art - Campfire Drinking Songs collected by Lord Gyric of Otershaghe.

In the PERSONA section:

  • Persona-Play-art - "Persona Play: A Suggestion for the Dream" by THL Caitlin Christiana Wintour.


  • p-fertilizer-msg - Use and composition of period fertilizers.

Here are some of the updated files.

  • books-food-msg - Books about food. Not cookbooks.
  • p-tableware-msg - Period tableware. Period references
  • fruit-citrus-msg - Period citrus fruits. Recipes.
  • livestock-msg - Medieval livestock. Pigs, cattle, sheep.
  • lovage-msg - A medieval vegetable similar to celery.
  • presrvd-lemons-msg - Dried, pickled and salted preserved lemons.
  • rec-in-verse-msg - Period recipes written in a verse format.
  • royal-deaths-msg - Stories of the best SCA royal deaths.

Now that we are in the depths of winter, I thought I would highlight a few of the files in the Florilegium which deal with this season.

  • Candlemas-msg - Candlemas celebrations.
  • cld-weath-cmp-msg - Cold weather camping at SCA events.
  • cloaks-msg - Cloaks, cloak pins and clasps.
  • p-toasting-msg - Toasting customs in period. References.
  • wassail-msg - Spiced cider and ale drinks. Traditions.
  • Winter-Feast-art - A 12th Night Feast served near Hamburg, Germany in 2004 by Giano Balestriere.
  • wintr-sports-lnks - Links to info on medieval winter sports by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.


Copyright 2007, 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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