6. Officers in the Minstrels' Guild

The Minstrels' Guild must at least have the following officers:

  • Guildmaster or Guildmistress
  • Chronicler
  • Exchequer
The Guildmaster is chosen by the Minstrels. This person has to be a Minstrel herself. The Guildmaster or -mistress has to have the majority of the votes. The terms of this office will be two years. After that, the same person can be chosen for one other term of two years. After this second term the Guildmaster or -mistress can only be chosen again if there are no other suitable candidates. The task of the Guildmaster or -mistress is to lead the Minstrels' Guild, to oversee the works of Chronicler and Exchequer, the arts of music and storytelling.

The Chronicler can be any member of the Minstrels' Guild. This person is also chosen by the Minstrels and needs a majority of votes. The term of his office will also be two years. After that, the same person can again be chosen for another term, if the Minstrels approve. After the second term the Chronicler can only be chosen again if there are no other suitable candidates. The task of the Chronicler is to ensure the regular appearance of a Guild Newsletter, preferably once every three months. For this newsletter any person can send in songs, stories, music and other material that is interesting for the Minstrels' Guild.

The Exchequer can also be any member of the Minstrels' Guild. This person is also chosen by the Minstrels and needs a majority of votes. The term of his office will also be two years. After that, the same person can again be chosen for another term, if the Minstrels approve. After the second term the Exchequer can only be chosen again if there are no other suitable candidates. The task of the Exchequer is to keep a list of Guild members and to keep track of any money that comes in or goes out.

There is also a fourth office that can be filled if there is a candidate for it. This is the office of the Librarian. The task of the Librarian is to keep lists of known books about medieval music, order them (on subject for example), and add any information on where these books can be had. This can be a big help with research. The Librarian is appointed by the Guildmaster or -mistress.

Because of practical consideration voting can be done by mail. Every Minstrel will receive a form on which he or she can write her choice. The Guildmaster, the Chronicler and the Exchequer are responsible for ensuring that the correct procedures are being followed.

If according to a majority of Minstrels , an officer does not perform his or her job adequately, the office will be reopened, and if there are other candidates, the Minstrels will have to vote again.

Posted by Jehan de Lorraine at December 7, 2003 10:38 PM