In terms of the state, the attendant of the king who was also in charge of a king's chambers. Essentially a high-ranking steward.
In terms of the church, the monastic position of the person in charge of collecting or distributing income and property. For example, the chamberlain would distribute clothing and other gear to monks and nuns.
Related term(s): Steward; Chamber; Monastic; Monk
Category: Occupations and Positions
Last modified: 01.06.05
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 145.