Bard

A bard is more than a mere musician.

A bard was a member of an ancient Celtic order of minstrel poets, mainly welsh or Irish. The existence of bards was documented as early back as the 1st cent. B.C. Later bards became called troubadours (France), and minnesingers/meistersingers (Germany).

Bards exercised many powers, among them were a goodly about of political influence. Because of their power of influence, they oft had up to twelve years of training before they were allowed to call themselves a full bard. With all those years one can easily assume that bards were of one of the highest of the few trained intellectual classes of the time. In an era of illiteracy the Bard performed many vital roles such as: oral and written historians, heralds, ambassadors, poets, storytellers, scribes, and that of genealogist. They were oft above justice, and the law, sometimes being the only one who knew what little law there was.

Their greatest powers lay in their music/poems. After all what is the easiest way to remember something? Set it into a rhyme, or into a song. This was the real power of the Bards, the power of music. Couple that with the power of knowledge and Bards were a force to be reckoned with…

In roleplay this means…..

Current list of sources
1) Harvard Dictionary of Music, Bard, Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1996.
2) A paper written by me along time ago.
3) 'The Way of the Bard', by Brian Cook, http://bvsd.k12.co.us/cent/newspapers/sep95/bard_BC.html
4) http://www.lupinfo.com/encyclopedia/B/bard.html, October 25th, 2003.
5) www.dictionary.com, 'Bard', October 25th, 2003.

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