This is my Florilegium article for May 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 ACCESSORIES section:

Basic-Hats-art "Basic Hats - throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance" by Meisterin Felicity Fluβmüllnerin.

In the ARCHERY section:

Marl-Field-Bx-art "Marshal's Field Box" by THL Deryk Archer.

In the BEVERAGES section:

Liqueur-art "A Calamondin Ratafia or Liqueur" by Ld. Daniel Raoul Le Vascon du Navarre'.

In the EQUESTRIAN section:

SCA-Jousting-art "How a Jousting Tournament Works - A Guide for Ground Crew and Jousters" by Baroness Eowyth þa Siðend.

In the FOOD-BREADS section:

Exotc-Tharid-art "The Exotic Tharīd of Ibn Sayyār al-Warrāq" by Magister Galefridus Peregrinus, OP. Fancy Sops. Bread soaked in a meat broth.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

Roast-Pig-Hd-art "A Roast Pig's Head (named Bernàrd)" by Mistress Leoba of Lecelade.

Parthian-Lamb-art "Parthian Lamb" by Mistress Leoba of Lecelade.

Salted-Fowl-art "Salted Fowl, Preserved in Rendered Fat" by Ogawa Matajirou Ujimori.

In the STRUCTURES section:

Military-Engr-art "Medieval Military Engineering (or, 'Have fun storming the castle')" by Hector of the Black Height.

In the TEXTILE ARTS section:

Quilting-a-PW-art "Early Quilting and Patchwork: A Short Introduction" by Mistress Sarah Davies.

In the TIME section:

Scandin-Time-art "Scandinavian Time Measurement During the Viking Era" by THLady Lorraine Devereaux.


Updated files:

amber-msg Period use of amber. What it is. How to buy.

4-newcomers-msg Comments directed at SCA newcomers.

axes-msg Viking axes, throwing axes.

border-stories-msg Crossing international borders for SCA events.


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.