This is my Florilegium article for December 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.


I have added a new HUMOR section. There is a new file here as well as some moved from other sections.


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Here are the new files for this month:

In the BEVERAGE section:

Brew-w-Gruit-art "Gruit: Before There Were Hops There Was Gruit" by Lord John Marshall atte Forde.

In the CLOTHING section:

Pleatwrk-Aprn-art "The Pleatwork Apron" by Meisterin Felicity Fluβmüllnerin.

In the COMBAT-RAPIER section:

Elizab-Rapier-art "The Rapier in Elizabethan Society - As seen through the works of William Shakespeare" by Lady Elysabeth Underhill.

In the CRAFTS section:

Cheese-Glue-art "Cheese Glue" by Mistress Alexandra Hartshorne, OL.

In the FOOD-BREADS section:

Roman-Bread-art "Roman Bread" by Mistress Drea di' Pellegrini.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

Chicken-Buns-art "Chicken Buns" by Mistress Leoba of Lecelade.

Medvl-Bacon-art "Medieval Bacon" by The Honorable Tomas de Coucy.

In the FOOD-SWEETS section:

Shrewsbury-Ck-art "Shrewsbury Cakes – A Comparison of Recipes" by Dame Alys Katharine (of Ashthorne Glen) O.L., O.P.

In the HERALDRY section:

Augmentation-art "Augmentations of Arms in the Middle Kingdom" by Meister Konrad Mailander, OP.

In the HOME, SWEET HOME section:

Tallow-Candls-art "Tallow Candles" by Lord John Marshall atte Forde‎.

In the *NEW* HUMOR section:

Fest-Cooking3-art "How to Cook for Festival Like Mistress Yseult, Part IV" by Mistress Yseult de Lacy. Butterflied Grilled Quails. (humor)

In the PERSONAS section:

African-Persna-art "Picking a Medieval African Persona" by Sofya Chyudskaya Smolyanina, OP.


Updated files:

spits-msg Period and SCA spits for roasting meats.

taro-msg Use of the taro plant in period.



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.