What is a Bard?

In medieval culture, a bard was a professional story teller, and music composer, employed by a patron, to commemorate the patron’s ancestors and to praise the patron’s own activities.

A bard’s patron was often a monarch or noble. Leastwise, someone who could afford to keep a bard happy, financially.

Should the patron fail to keep the bard happy, the bard would compose a satire about said patron, ridiculing him to all his peers.


The primary role of the Bard is mainly as an entertainer through music, songs, stories, and poems, but can also include juggling, and other more physical forms of entertainment.

Bards are also known as lore keepers, scholars, diplomats and peace makers, due to their powers of persuasion and linguistic skills.

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