Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for June detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month. 

I am always looking for good articles for the Florilegium. If you have researched something in our period or you practice a little known art or craft, writing an article is an excellent way to introduce others to the work you've done. I'm especially interested in academic papers written for A&S contests because, unfortunately, few have time at such an event to read them. Even the judges. Getting them published in the Florilegium lets your hard word benefit the entire Known World.  Word format is the easiest for me to handle, but others are possible.

If you see an article in a kingdom, guild or local newsletter that you think others might find useful or interesting, please consider sending me a note about it, and preferably the author's contact info. I will not add a article to the Florilegium without the author's permission, but many authors are too inhibited to send me their own work.

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A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past twenty-four years in an ongoing effort, I have been collecting bits of useful information from various newsgroups, mail lists and articles submitted to me by their authors. 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.

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THLord Stefan li Rous    Ansteorra    stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:
In the CLOTHING section:
   cl-Tudor-msg         Clothing of Tudor England.
In the FOOD section:
   pickled-eggs-msg     Period pickled eggs. Recipes.
In the FOOD-VEGETABLES section:
   Olive-Curing-art     "Curing Olives: Six Methods" by Dom. Galefridus Peregrinus.
In the TEXTILE-ARTS section:
   Natural-Dyeng-art    "An Introduction to Natural Dyeing" by Maistreas Siobhan nic Dhuinnshleibhe, O.L.
   Spining-Whels-art    "Are Spinning Wheels Period?" by Maistreas Siobhan nic Dhuinnshleibhe, O.L.

Here are the updated files for this month.
   bestiaries-msg       Medieval bestiaries and modern sources.
   camp-toilets-msg     Camp toilets for private camps.
   candied-peels-msg    Candied fruit peels. A late period treat.
   cl-Elzabethan-msg    Clothing of Elizabethan England.
   cl-Mid-East-msg      Clothing of the Middle East. Persia.
   eels-msg             Eel dishes. Getting and cleaning eels.
   Gleann-A-hist-msg    Histories of the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.
   knitting-msg         Period knitting.
   mead-msg             Making mead. Honey based alcoholic beverage.
   olive-oil-msg        Olive oil in period. Uses. Processing.
   p-cold-treats-msg    Period cold or frozen foods eaten in period.
   pickled-foods-msg    Medieval pickled food. recipes.
Copyright 2013, 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.

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
   Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas          [log in to unmask]
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