Official responsible for the allocation of lodgings to members of the royal household, the *familia regis. A regulation of 1318 specifically forbade the presence of wives, presumably to limit the numbers of mouths to be fed. Since the court was peripatetic, its more lowly members were provided with clothing through *livery, and with food, with their job. Lodging - herbergage - was more difficult. The king's messengers, *nuncii regis, had stabling allocated for their horses; it is probable the messengers themselves slept in warm stables. Likely enough, it was a combination of mad scramble and favours given which determined who slept where. [< OldFr. herberge = an encampment] -

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  • Herbergeour — Her ber*geour, n. [See {Harbinger}.] A harbinger. [Obs.] Chaucer …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harbinger — Har bin*ger (h[add]r b[i^]n*j[ e]r), n. [OE. herbergeour, OF. herbergeor one who provides lodging, fr. herbergier to provide lodging, F. h[ e]berger, OF. herberge lodging, inn, F. auberge; of German origin. See {Harbor}.] 1. One who provides… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harbinger — [här′bin jər] n. [ME herbergeour (with intrusive n ) < OFr herbergeor, provider of lodging < herberge, a shelter < Frank (or OHG) heriberga, shelter for soldiers < heri, army (see HARRY) + berga, a shelter < bergan, to protect: see …   English World dictionary

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