This is my Florilegium article for January 2018


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 CLOTHING section:

Cl-Med-Persia-art "Recreating the Costume of Medieval Persia" by Master ibn Jelal.

In the COMBAT section:

BB-Wdn-Shelds-art "Building Better Wooden Shields" by Centurion Micolay Haiduk.

In the FOOD-DAIRY section:

Cheese-Balls-art "Cheese Balls" by Mistress Leoba of Lecelade.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

Stewed-Camel-art "Stewed Camel" by The Honorable Tomas de Coucy.

In the HOME, SWEET HOME section:

Waxed-Linen-art     "Making Waxed Linen" by HL Giraude Benet.

Black-Sope-art "To Make Black Sope" by Lady elska á Fjárfella. Soap for general washing, not necessarily bath soap.

In the PERFORMANCE ARTS section:

Juggling-bib "A Partial Bibliography on Juggling" by THL Dagonell Collingwood.

In the PERSONAL CARE section:

B4-Toilet-Pap-art "Life Before Toilet Paper" by Baroness Charitye Dale.


Growg-Tbacco-art "On the Cultivation of Tobacco: A Research Report" by Lady Elinor Strangewayes, OM. A&S project.

In the SCA-CAMPING section:

Eat-Like-King-art "Eat Like a King - SCA single camper dining ideas and tools" by Dame Hróðný Rognvaldsdóttir, OP, OL.

In the SCA-EVENT-PLANNING section:

Quests-n-SCA-art "Questing for Something" by mistress katherine kerr. Putting on quests in the SCA.

In the SCRIBAL ARTS section:

Cyrillic-Alpha-art "The Cyrillic Alphabet" by Meisterin Felicity Fluβmüllnerin.

In the TRAVEL section:

16C-Ger-Wheelb-art "A 16th Century German Wheelbarrow" by Ld. Chas. Oakley, Esq.

Anachron-Cart-art "An Anachronistic Cart" by Sargent


Copyright 2018, 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.