The Royal Household in The Middle Ages was meant to be those persons appointed by a King or Queen to perform specific duties (often involving direct contact with their Sovereign). These were initially Stewards, Master Butlers, Master Chamberlain's, Treasurer, Constable and Chancellor. First used after 1066, more and more “close Associates” and functions were added. Positions for the care of sleeping and eating quarters, libraries, horse stables etc. - are still in use today in some form. These positions required utmost secrecy as to what the person “saw or heard”. Nobility were not included in these positions (with the notable exception of Chancellor – who was titled).