Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for November 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. 

You don't have to be finished with your research or have a "perfect" article. Other people can still learn from and be inspired by what you've already done. You keep the copyright and you can always update it in the future.

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. I would appreciate the author's contact info of you have it. I will not add an article to the Florilegium without the author's permission, but many authors are too inhibited to send me their own work. 

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 COMBAT section:
   Scot-Targe-art        "The Highland Targe" by Lord Mungo Napier.
In the FOOD-BOOKS section:
   Sweet-Delights-rev    Review of "Sweet Delights From a Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Traditional Arab Sweets" by Urtatim Al-Qurtubiyya.
In the FOOD-MEATS section:
   Dried-Bef-Qan-art     "Dried Beef for the Qan" by Mistress Ailleagan nas Seolta, OP.
In the HERALDRY section:
   Stndrds-Banrs-art     "Standards, Banners and other Vexillological Subjects" by mistress katherine kerr.
In the NEWCOMERS section:
   Define-Yr-Win-art     "How do you define your win?" by THLord Ian the Green.
   gillyflower-msg       Does "gillyflower" in period recipes mean "clove" or "carnation"?
In the TEXTILE ARTS section:
   Fngrlop-Laces-art    "Fingerloop Laces" by Dughall Eoghann Le Grannd.

Here are the updated files for this month.
   ambergris-msg        Use of ambergris in period.
   artichokes-msg       Period artichokes. Recipes. Cardoons.
   bardic-msg           Period and SCA bards. Bardic topics.
   books-food-msg       Books about food. Not cookbooks.
   chairs-msg           Medieval and SCA chairs.
   leather-msg          Working with leather. tanning.
   p-menus-msg          Examples of medieval feast menus.
   potatoes-msg         Period white and sweet potato use. 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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