This is my Florilegium article for October 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:

14C-DS-Pouch-art "Fourteenth Century Drawstring Pouch" by Master Crispin Sexi. How to tie a turks head knot.

In the ARCHERY section:

A-Pig-Hunt-art "On Target: A Pig Hunt" by THL Deryk Archer. (Archery Targets)

In the CLOTHING section:

Gypsy-Wom-Cl-art "Gypsy Women's Costume in the Renaissance" by Old Marian, also known as Marian of Edwinstowe.

In the COMBAT section:

Bas-Conditng-art "Basic Conditioning for Heavy List Combat" by Baron Matthew Moraveous Avdenmork.

In the CRAFTS section:

Tric-Chainwrk-art "Trichinopoly Chainwork - Is It Viking Chain Knitting?" Authored by Lady Apollonia Voss. Illustrated by Lady Þhora "Amber" Ottersdötter.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

Romn-Meatbals-art "Aliter Isicia Omentata (Apicius #47)" by Mistress Anne de Tournai, OP.

In the FOOD-SWEEETS section:

Swt-Potat-Pie-art "Lusty Sweet Potato Pie" by Lady Alicia of Cambion.

In the PERFORMANCE ARTS section:

Glove-Puppets-art "Glove Puppets" by HL Nidda Ridarelli.

In the PERSONAL CARE section:

Bruise-Juice-art (51K) 8/ 6/17 "Bruise Juice Project: Herbal Research for the 14th Century" by Lady Mevanou verch Reys Yriskynit.

In the SCA-SOCIOLOGY section:

Power-o-Yes-art "The Power of Yes vs. the Power of No" by Baroness Anys Blodwell (aka Blod).

In the TECHNOLOGY section:

Tartar-art (20K) 8/22/17 "Alum Feces – An Unusual Medieval Ingredient" by THL Elska á Fjárfelli. Medieval processing of tartar for soap and cleaners.

In the TRAVEL section:

Frm-East2West-art "From East to West" by Lord Ælfred se leof.


Updated files:

rosaries-msg Period rosaries and their use. Making rose beads.

armrd-turnps-msg The medieval and SCA dish, armored turnips.

battle-ideas-msg 24 hour battles and other ideas.

bells-msg Casting, construction and use of medieval bells. Bell sources.

blacks-msg Blacks in medieval Europe.

brass-rub-msg Medieval brass rubbings. Modern sources.

peacocks-msg Serving peacock sotelties safely.

pearls-msg Period pearls. Use in jewelry and elsewhere.


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.