This is my Florilegium article for November 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 ANIMALS section:

bird-lime-msg Making and using bird lime in period to catch birds.

In the CRIME section:

Poison-Hmlock-art "Poison Hemlock - conium maculatum" by Baroness Adelindis filia Gotefridi.

In the CRAFTS section:

Glass-Making-art "The Method to the Madness: Creating Glass in the Medieval Period" by Leofwynne le glasyer.

In the EDUCATION section:

Basic-Teachng-art "Basic teaching for the SCA instructor" by Lord Semyon Aleksandrovitch Drakon.

In the ENTERTAINMENT section:

Odds-a-Evens-art "Odds and Evens" by THF Dagonell the Juggler.

In the FOOD-BRADS section:

buckwheat-msg Buckwheat use in period. Recipes.

In the FOOD-DAIRY section:

2-Cheese-bib "Two Cheese Bibliographies" by Mistress Alexandra Hartshorne, OL.

In the FOOD-BY-REGION section:

Romn-Sod-Diet-art "A Roman Soldier's Diet" by Domina Arria Marina.

In the FOOD-CONDIMENTS section:

Sauce-HB-Eggs-art "Sauce for Soft-Boiled Eggs (Apicius 7.17.3)" by Mistress Leoba of Lecelade.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

Douce-Iame-art "Douce Iame" by Lady Katherine Slough. A chicken dish cooked in a milk/honey sauce.

Medvl-Braai-art "The Medieval Braai (BBQ)" by Baroness Jehanne de Huguenin, OP.

In the FOOD-VEGETABLES section:

Mushroom-Tart-art "Mushroom Tart" by The Honorable Tomas de Coucy.


Updated files:

dolls-msg Medieval fashion and toy dolls.

dogs-msg Dogs. Barding for dogs. dog collars.

eels-msg Eel dishes. Getting and cleaning eels.

Fabulous-Fsts-msg Reviews and comments on Madeleine Pelner Cosman's "Fabulous Feasts".

favors-msg On the making and giving of favors.

fd-Normans-msg Food of the Normans. References.

paella-msg Possible history of the Spanish rice and seafood dish called paella.

pies-msg Period pie crusts, meat and fruit pies.

poisons-msg Medieval poisons.

quarterstaff-msg Quarterstaffs and why they're not used in the SCA.


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.