Herbalists, Healers and Chirurgeons

The Guild of Herbalists, Healers and Chirurgeons

Guildmistress: Coltilda of the Old Church
Guildmistress (Chirurgeons): Joanna of Mersham

The Guild is a composite of the former Herbalists and Healers with the Chirurgeon’s Guild. The Guild seeks to promote the study of all documented forms of medicine and healing within the known period covered by the Society. This will include herbs and other pharmacy, surgery, manipulative cures such as osteopathy and massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and leech-craft. All of these and any others that a member can show as being available and could be expected to have a knowledge of can be studied. It is hoped that members will also be familiar with and practise such crafts, as they are available. The Guild though will take no responsibility for these practises as offered by its members. The Guild will now operate three lines of study with masters in each discipline. It is also possible by becoming a Master in all three to become known as a Grand Master of the Guild. Advancement within each line of study will be awarded according to the level of knowledge obtained by the member with separate lines of advancement for Juniors and Seniors. It is hoped that all Junior Masters will be able to become a Senior Journeyman with little or no extra work.

Rules of Advancement

Membership will be open to all those who have expressed an interest in the Guilds activities to the Guild Master and will be know as Members. All Junior Members will gain advancement at the discretion of the Guild Master or their appointed representatives according to their age and abilities, with the proviso that they will be able to achieve Senior Journeyman in their particular discipline to become a Junior Master. In all of the following, for Guild Master read “…or their representative.”

Herbalists

Apprentice

You will be gaining or have a rudimentary knowledge of herbs and at the very least be able to demonstrate that you have an interest in herbs and their uses.

Journeyman

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of at least twelve herbs and be able to recognise them and know their uses. This can be done either as a practical/written exercise or by demonstration at a Guild or Society event.

Master

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of at least twenty-four herbs, be able to recognise them and know their uses. This can be done either as a practical/written exercise or by demonstration at a Guild or Society event.

Healers

Apprentice

You will be gaining or have a rudimentary knowledge of the preparation of herbs and be able to at the least be able to prepare a tisane/infusion.

Journeyman

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of at least twelve herbs their correct preparation and administration. This can be done either as a practical/written exercise or by demonstration at a Guild or Society event. Members wishing to gain advancement through alternative study will have to convince the Guild Master of their level of study being sufficient to warrant advancement.

Master

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of at least twenty-four herbs, their correct preparation and administration. This can be done either as a practical/written exercise or by demonstration at a Guild or Society event. Members wishing to gain advancement through alternative study will have to convince the Guild Master of their level of study being sufficient to warrant advancement.

Chirurgeons

Due to the nature of this discipline it must be purely theoretical in nature, as we cannot carry out actual surgical procedures. To this end it is hoped that as a practical element all members wishing to study this discipline will also be able to administer modern first aid as required to members of the Society and public. This latter is not compulsory but could help in convincing the Guild Master of your ability to save life.

Apprentice

You must at least have a red apron, and an interest in surgery. You will have also attended two fight practices or tourneys to help the injured and remove bodies from the field.

Journeyman

You must have the patronage of a fighter and or household, attending them at battles and court. You may also receive patronage from the Guild should there be insufficient fighters/households available. You will also have a rudimentary knowledge of surgical instruments in period and their correct use. You will also be required to write an essay on some aspect of medieval surgery.

Master

Where practicable own surgical equipment applicable to your persona. You will have saved a life in the opinion of the Guild Master. In addition you will have a good working knowledge of surgical techniques and have written a Masterpiece on medieval surgery.