Gentleman of the Bedchamber


Gentleman of the Bedchamber

Gentleman of the Bedchamber was an office in a European royal household beginning from about the early in the 11th century. They were invariably noblemen, and often important ones, as the regular access to the monarch the role brought was the invaluable commodity of the courtier. The duties of the office involved such activities as waiting on the royal person when he would eat in private, helping him dressing, guarding the bedchamber and closet, and providing companionship. [cite web |url=http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=43766 |title=The bedchamber: Gentlemen of the Bedchamber |accessdate=2007-11-22 |last=Bucholz |first=R.O. |year=2006 |work=Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 11 (revised): Court Officers, 1660-1837 |pages=pp. 14–19 |publisher=Institute of Historical Research]

For offices in the British Royal Household, see Lord of the Bedchamber.In France, the gentleman of the bedchamber would perform the duties of the Grand Chamberlain during his absence. He would oversee the king's entertainments and physicians. [cite web |url=http://www.heraldica.org/topics/france/MaisonDuRoi.htm |title=La Maison du Roi (The King's Household) |accessdate=2007-11-22 |last=Velde |first=François R. |date=2004-08-24 |work=French Heraldry and Related Topics |publisher=Heraldica.org]

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