This is my Florilegium article for September 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:

Sheep-Farmer-art "On Being a Sheep Farmer" by HE Dame Jennet MacLachlan of Loch Fyne.

In the COMBAT section:

arm-rpair-kt-msg What to have in an onsite armor repair kit.

In the COMMERCE section:

Wdn-Seal-Lcks-art "Wooden seals for tribute bags, from Novgorod" by HL Marya Kargashina.


Guid-2-Lilies-art "A Camper's Guide to Lilies War" by Mistress Sofya la Rus (OL).

In the FEAST-REVIEWS section:

Norse-Lunch-art "Food for War: Lunch for a Norse Persona at Double Wars XXX" by fru Þora Sumarliðadóttir.

In the FOOD-MEATS section:

Liver-Pate-art "Poultry Livers & Herb Forcemeat or 'That Pate Recipe'" by Mistress Anne de Tournai, OP.

In the FOOD-SWEETS section:

Gyngerbrede-art "Gyngerbrede" by Mistress Leoba of Lecelade.

In the NEWCOMERS section:

NC-Academie-art "Creating a Newcomers Academie" by HL Jeanne-Marie la Verriere.

In the PERFORMANCE ARTS section:

Mk-Marionettes-art "Making Marionettes" by HL Nidda Ridarelli.

In the SCA-INC section:

SCA-Hamlets-art "Hamlets - A New SCA Group Type" by Lord Nicodemus Novello, Lochac Seneschal.

In the TEXTILE ARTS section:

cloth-fulling-msg Fulling of cloth. Period and Modern methods.

lucet-msg Medieval lucet cord weaving.


Updated files:

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

p-bibles-msg Period bibles. Modern sources.

p-shoes-msg Medieval footwear.

p-travl-guides-msg Period travel guides.

pepper-spices-msg Medieval peppers. The spice, not the New World pepper plant.

sandalwood-msg Period Sandalwood, also known as Saunders.



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.