This is my Florilegium article for February 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 BEVERAGES section:

Frsh-Egg-Test-art "'A fresh laid egge' - The Egg Float Test explained, for period Soapmakers, Cooks and Brewers" by Unnr in elska á Fjárfella.

Making-Mead-art "The Making of Mead" by H.L. Barat

FitzWalter Reynolds. (Really a small book on making meads, bottling, labeling etc.)

In the EQUESTRIAN section:

equ-grnd-crew-msg SCA equestrian ground crews.

In the FEASTS section:

Allergy-Mgmnt-art "Feast Allergy Management in the SCA" by Baron Drake Morgan, OL.

In the FOOD-SWEETS section:

GF-boild-pud-art "Gluten Free Boiled Pudding or To Make a Dry Oatmeal Pudding" by Baroness Lucia de Enzinas.

In the PLANTS section:

Sages-art "Sages" by Mistress Agnes deLanvallei.

In the SCA_SOCIOLOGY section:

On-Winning-art "What I learned at Pennsic XXVII" by Hector of the Black Height. A Must Read for Royalty.

In the SCRIBAL ARTS section:

Metl-Wrt-Pens-art "A Pen to Seize - Metal pens in period" by Lord Ian the Green.

In the TEXTILE ARTS section:

Finger-Weavng-art "Finger Weaving, Beginner's Diagonal Weave" by Mistress Gwendolen Wold.

In the TRAVEL section:

walkng-sticks-msg Period walking sticks and canes.


Updated files:

baby-slings-msg Cloth slings for carrying your baby.

bacon-msg Medieval bacon.

bag-cooking-msg Using plastic bags to warm pre-cooked foods at SCA events. Vacuum food sealers.

breakng-t-pot-msg Period recipes where you are to break the pot

to remove the food.

hotel-events-msg Holding SCA events in hotels. Suggestions.

nav-inst-msg Medieval navigation instruments.

organ-meats-msg Period cooking of organ meats, unusual parts.

vegetarian-msg Medieval and SCA vegetarianism. Lenten foods.

wassail-msg Spiced cider and ale drinks. Traditions.

whey-cheeses-msg Cheeses such as ricotta made from the liquid left after making other cheeses.


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.