This is my Florilegium article for August 2017


A Blending of the Past and Present


Over the past twenty-seven years in an ongoing effort, I have been collecting bits of useful information from various newsgroups, mail lists, facebook groups, and articles whose authors have given me permission to publish. In order to make this information available to others, I have placed this information in a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium.


The Florilegium is on the web at:


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.


If you see someone's A&S documentation or perhaps an article in a local newsletter that you think deserves a wider audience, please let me know. I won't publish anything without the author's permission, but many authors are too reserved to send me their articles on their own.


THLord Stefan li Rous Ansteorra stefan at


Here are the new files for this month:

In the ARCHERY section:

Movng-Targets-art "Making Moving Targets" by THL Deryk Archer.

In the CLOTHING saection:

Blanket-Uses-art "10 medieval ways to stay warm with an old woolen blanket" by Teffania de Tukerton.

In the CRAFTS section:

Beg-Copr-Etch-art "Beginning Copper Etching" by Beatrix Alfray.

Med-Soapmakng-art "Modern & Medieval Soap Making Compared" by THL Elska á Fjárfelli.

In the FEAST-REVIEWS section:

Al-Warrag-Fst-art A Middle Eastern Feast based on Al Warrag by Aodh O Siadhail.

In the FOOD-BOOKS section:

Asian-Cul-Bks-bib "Pre-1600 Asian Culinary Books, first pass" by Mistress Eulalia Piebakere.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

Offal-Time-art "It's Offal Time: recipes from Scappi – Or lots things we can't serve at feast to the masses" by Mistress Helewyse de Birkestad.

In the FOOD-SWEETS section:

Mad-Hony-Cake-art "Bolo de Mel de Cana (Madeiran Honey Cake)" by Lady Marie Hélène of the New Forest.

In the FOOD-UTENSILS section:

Exam-o-Coffns-art "An Examination of Coffins" by The Honorable Tomas de Coucy.

In the SCA-CAMPING section:

Cookng-Platfm-art (11K) 6/29/17 "Clan Black Stag Cooking Platform" by Seitheach Earnan Mac Bearach.

In the SCRIBAL ARTS section:

Ink-Making-art "Ink Making" by Honorable Lord Ian the Green. A&S class notes.

P-Papermaking-art "Period Papeermaking" by Lady Aveline de Ceresbroch.


Updated files:

parchment-msg Making and buying parchment. substitutes.

bees-msg Period beekeeping.

books-food-msg Books about food. Not cookbooks.

carts-msg Carts, wagons and other wheeled vehicles.
crabapples-msg Period crabapples and their uses.

f-fighters-msg Protective gear for female fighters.

fd-Japan-msg Food of medieval Japan.

fruit-wines-msg Non-grape fruit wines.

Moghul-India-msg The culture and food of Moghul India.


Copyright 2017, 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.