The pages below form the charter of the Minstrels' Guild of Drachenwald.

  • 0. The Charter in a Nutshell
    Why this page? The Charter of the Minstrel's Guild is rather old and rather long. The following is, in a nutshell, the speech I give to people who want to know what it's all about. It contains the changes made...
  • 1. Introduction
    The Minstrels' Guild is meant for members of the SCA who are interested in the arts of music and storytelling, and in performing those arts. People who do not want to perform are also very welcome, but because songs and...
  • 2. Becoming a member of the Minstrels' Guild
    Everyone can join the Minstrels' Guild. We will ask a small contribution for becoming a member. This is because we want to publish a newsletter approximately once every three months, that every guild member will receive. We will not ask...
  • 3. Becoming a Journeyman or Journeywoman
    To become a Journeyman or Journeywoman you have to have some skill in at least two of the above mentioned seven points [1]. If you think you have that skill, you can contact the Guild. They will tell you which...
  • 4. Becoming a Minstrel
    To become a Minstrel you have to have a skill of average or better in five of the seven points. [2] Then you think about your masterpiece. A masterpiece is an original contribution to one or more of the seven...
  • 5. Students in the Minstrels' Guild
    The art of music and storytelling is something one usually learns by performing a lot and practising, practising and practising. It is possible that you find that you need some help with this, or some ideas on how you can...
  • 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...
  • 7. Making decisions in the Guild
    Daily decisions in the Guild are made by the Guildmaster of -mistrss, the Chronicler and the Exchequer. Other decisions that concern the whole Guild and not just the newsletter or financial aspects will be made by the Minstrels. It is...
  • 8. Recognising people in the Minstrels' Guild
    It is a good idea if people that belong to the Minstrels' Guild can recognise each other at events. It would also help if Journey(wo)men and Minstrel were recognisable, so you would know where you could go with your questions....
  • What about Filk?
    As you can see I keep repeating 'things that are or could have been from the Middle Ages'. So we want to do things as authentic as possible. But what about Filk? (Filk are songs with funny lyrics that are...
  • Why the name 'Minstrels' Guild'?
    It seems strange to have a Minstrels' Guild. Most people would consider Minstrels and other performers the last group to structure themselves in a guild-like organisation. And for many performers this was true, especially in the social circles the SCA...