Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for April, 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're already sent something, but haven't heard back from me, please feel free to email me again. Possibly I didn't get it or I'm waiting for additional permissions or for answers to some questions or even simply having trouble with the original article format.

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 if 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. If you like an article, then chances are other SCA folks will as well.

I am also looking for a few volunteers to help with the Florilegium article postings.
I need a backup representative for the Drachenwald mail list for when my first representative, Alasdair is out of town.

Because of mail list problems, I can read the Yahoo NEWCOMERS list, but not post to it. I would like a volunteer who would forward my occasional posts to that list.

While my intent is to post to all kingdom lists, it is possible that my article isn’t getting to all kingdom lists. If you are aware of this posting, but have not seen it on your kingdom list, please let me know. Also if you are on another list where this article doesn’t appear, but you think it would be appreciated, please contact me.

A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past twenty-five 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.

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 ARCHERY section:
   Arrows-w-Flair-art "Target Arrows with Medieval Features for Tournament Shooting" by Lord Mungo Napier.
In the BEVERAGES section:
   Hist-o-Eggnog-art  "History of Eggnog
" by Nanna Rognvaldardottir of Iceland.
In the CLOTHING section:
   Otto-Clth-Ovr-art  "Ottoman Clothing in SCA Period: An Overview" by asim al-talib.
In the EQUESTRIAN section:
   Side-Saddle-art    "A Sidesaddle" by Madonna Contessa Ilaria Veltri degli Ansari.
   Horsebread-art     "Horsebread" by Madonna Contessa Ilaria Veltri degli Ansari.
In the PERFORMANCE ARTS section:
   Sight-Singing-art  "Sight Singing: Dots to Do-Re-Mi!" by Mistress Adelaide de Beaumont.
In the SCA-SOCIOLOGY section:
   Peerage-TaN-art    "Peerage, Then and Now" by Hector of the Black Height.
In the TECHNOLOGY section:
Flyng-Dragons-art    "Flying Dragons" by Lord AElfred se leof. Constructing mediaeval European kites.
mkng-a-p-kite-art    "Constructing a Period Kite" by Lord Archer McRobert.

Updated files:
   Lochac-hist-msg     History and description of the Kingdom of Lochac. (Australia, New Zealand)
   looms-msg           Medieval looms.
   punishments-msg     Period tortures, executions and punishments.
   rhubarb-msg         Medieval uses of rhubarb.
   trenchers-msg       Wooden and bread trenchers. Plates.
   wheelbarrows-msg    Medieval wheelbarrows.

April is "Kite Month" in the US. I've added the two kite files above this month. However, in the Florilegium you can also find the following files on period kites:
   Bambo-4-Kites-art   "Split that stick! Preparing bamboo for oriental kites" by Lord Archer McRobert.
   dragon-kites-art    "A Dragon (Serpent) by Any Other Name" by Lord Archer MacRobert.
  Korean-Kites-art     "There's a hole in my kite!" by Lord Archer McRobert. Korean fighter kites.
   medievl-kites-art   "Knights and Kites" by Lady Ella du Soleil.
   Medievl-Kites-bib   "Medieval Kite Bibliography" by Lord Archer MacRobert.
   p-kites-msg         Period kites, Asian and European.
Copyright 2015, 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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