Welcome to the Florilegium SEARCH

THLord Stefan li Rous (Mark S. Harris, stefan at florilegium.org)

This is a collection of files that I have assembled from various sources since I first joined the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) in 1989. The information in these files comes from the Rialto newsgroup (rec.org.sca), the old fidonet medieval echo conference area, various mail lists and articles submitted to me by their authors.


RECENT NEWS - I have now added a copy of my standard Florilegium flyer to this site. It is available here in PDF format. Please feel free to download it and make it available to other folks who you might think would be interested in this site, especially SCA newcomers. It has two pages and is formatted to be printed, front and back, on a single sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper.

If you enjoy this site and find it useful, please consider donating something to help keep the Florilegium running:

Several types of files are available:

WANTED - Article Submissions

I am always looking for additional articles for the Florilegium. The copyright remains with the author and I will accept or remove an article upon request by the author. Short articles written for local newsletters are often good candidates for the Florilegium, as are longer papers written as Arts and Sciences contest entries and even Master's Thesises. Bibliographies, especially annotated bibliographies, are also desired. Even class notes that you may have assembled for a class you taught may make good submissions.

To contact me about submissions, write to me at: stefan at florilegium.org)

Bad Links

I try to do my best to ensure that all links that you find in the Florilegium are correct. It bothers me when you can't get to a file you seek here due to a bad link. However, because of the constant updating that this site undergoes, bad links do creep in. If you find a non-working link, PLEASE let me know. The sooner I know about it the sooner I can fix it.

To contact me about a broken link, write to me at: stefan at florilegium.org)

What's a Florilegium?

Literally, it means "a gathering of flowers". Florilegia were collections of choice tidbits (from Ovid, Aristotle, various popes, church scholars, etc) arranged topically.

Typically, a florilegium is huge, encyclopedic, and contains only choice selections from particular works. Example, Ovid's Metamorphoses would be too long to include in its entirety and might suggest some of the wrong ideas (from a Church viewpoint), so only those works that offer clear exegetic or moralistic exempla would likely be included. Thus, a florilegium would probably not include Nestor's account of the battle of the Lapiths -- the tale pokes fun at Nestor, at old men attempting to claim wisdom solely based upon age, and (less directly) at Homer. A florilegium probably would contain the tales of Midas, however, because they provide lessons on the evils of greed, pride, and gossip.

I hope you find these files useful, interesting, amusing or all three.

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