Household Staff

Offices in the House

  • Steward – Presides over ministries in the court, and generally assists in the management of land. May be used to inspect or survey lands.
  • Bailiff – Appointed to run a manor for an absentee lord. “Bears his lord’s writ” in most cases.
  • Treasurer – Presides over the treasury.
  • Keeper of the Wardrobe – Presides over a regent’s personal armory, treasury, seal, clothing and personal expenditures (from the privy purse). For smaller households this is performed by the chamberlain.
  • Chamberlain – Supervises household servants and purchases supplies.
  • Coroner – Presides over criminal investigations.
  • Herald – Record and specialize in the history of the house, conduct important negotiations, update heraldy, and sometimes manage libraries or scribes.
  • Litigant – Legal professional. University certification is almost always a requisite.

Town/Village Offices

  • Reeve – Presides over the village moot, decides what crops to plant, supervises the plow teams, collects rents and sells the produce of the demesne. Typically held by a senior villein.
  • Woodward – Manages a fief’s woodlands. The most important officer in a heavily wooded fief.
  • Herder – Manages shepards and livestock keepers.
  • Beadle – A yeoman or villein serving as the ‘village policeman’. He is responsible for granaries, impounding livestock and collecting fines. Not usually the most popular man among tenants!
  • Harbormaster – Manages construction and maintenance of boats and ships.
  • Master of Horse – Manages large stables or collections of stables, such as those of barracks or castles.
  • Sergeant-at-Arms – Commander of the household guard. Wealthy households employ bachelor-knights for this purpose.

Manor Craftsmen and Military

  • Mason – Designs, builds and maintains structures and fortifications. Only kept at heavily fortified manors, keeps or castles.
  • Tailor – Dresses the household, buys fashionable cloth from merchants and makes precision changes to clothing. A tailor rather than a clothier is only seen in very wealthy households.
  • Scholar – Usually only librarians and tutors, but some lords keep the company of learned men for advice. Ferics call them sages.
  • Weaponcrafter – Very rare beyond manors with large household guards, they are not “cost-effective”, and thus the employ of such specialists is rather prestigious.
  • Clothier – Converts raw materials into textiles. Female household members can perform some of this work, but not all – only in the most impoverished manors would a noblewoman be found washing, dying and spinning raw wool and flax.
  • Entertainer – Includes musicians and performers.
  • Physician – Usually scholars or priests as well.
  • Scribe
  • Teamster
  • Man-at-Arms – Professional soldier. Veterans are often made “huscarls” in the north.
  • Huntsman – Organizes hunting parties, guards the lord’s woods from poachers, cares for hounds and hunting supplies. Assisted by foresters. When possible filled by a bachelor-knight, squire or sergeant.
  • Falconer

Manor Servants

  • Ostler – Presides over stables
  • Gardener – Presides over cultivation of demsne crops.
  • Chef – Presides over the kitchen, and the cooks.
  • Baker – Prepares not only bread, but pies,
  • Aler/Alewife – Presides over a brewery
  • Nursemaid – Cares for the holder’s young children.

Household Staff

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