Seneschal

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Seen in use in the 12th Century, The Title of “Seneschal” derived from Germanic sources. The position was that of the highest ranking Household Servant of Royalty. It was his responsibility to ensure that a Royal Household ran “well” and also served as the “voice” of The King with regards to what was required. The Seneschal was also responsible for the needs of any Visitors or Diplomats to a Castle, Manor or Palace.

The Title evolved into a Royal appointment reserved for Noblemen as a Royal “Officer”. Often The Seneschal could be in charge of Prisoners and their Prisons. The English related Term of “Warband” was also used (15th Century). The later term of “Majordomo” or Senior “Wait Man”, would become that of Senior Butler of a Noble or Royal House in the 18th Century in many European Nations.