Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements.  Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

Medicinal Teas of the East and West

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 2005, revised on 4/20/2014 to Historica Tractatu
Medicinal Teas of the East and West
This article compares a selection of herbs which were used as medicinal teas in both Western Europe and Asia during the medieval period. I have included personal notes regarding color, smell and taste comparisons on those herbs which were available to me at the time that I wrote this article in 1985.

Names from the History of Archers

Posted by Heather Daveno, compiled in 2004 on 4/20/2014 to Historica Tractatu
This index is a list of names from The History of the Nation of the Archers by Grigor of Akanc, written in 1271 in Cilicia at Akanc' and preserved at the Armenian Convent of St. James at Jerusalem. The Armenian text was, translated by Robert D. Blake and Richard N. Frye. I located this work in the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3-4, published by the Harvard-Yenching Institute in December 1949.

It is provided here as a resource for historians, heralds, historical reenactors and gamers.

Replicating a Kingfisher Feather Hairpin

Posted by Heather Daveno, written in 1986, revised on 4/20/2014 to Textiles & Wearables
Replicating a Kingfisher Feather Hairpin
Kingfisher feather ornaments adorned the ladies of the Chinese court since the T'ang Dynasty. These brilliant blue feathers came from water kingfishers and wood kingfishers, which were common in China until demand for their feathers nearly caused their extinction...