Chamberlainship


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Cham´ber`lain`ship


n.1.Office of a chamberlain.
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39) After surveying the competition between George Hunsdon and William Brooke and then George Hunsdon and Henry Brooke for the office of Lord Chamberlain and the attempts by Essex and Robert Sidney to gain the office of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, given eventually to Henry Brooke, Sharpe argued that the Lord Chamberlain's Men were caught up in the court factions and rivalry of their patrons: "Loyalty to their patron and fear of what might happen to them in case the chamberlainship fell to a member of the faction backing their rivals, the Admiral's men, would quite naturally cause the Hunsdon family players to feel enough dislike of Cobham to lampoon him if they dared.
The Chamberlainship was an important and powerful office, coveted by many earls and barons--an anachronistic combination of royal household duties reaching back to the twelfth century and of much wider, seventeenth-century administrative responsibilities involving constant access to the monarch.
Another noble, Sir Robert Sidney, was Sir Philip Sidney's brother and had long corresponded with Essex, who supported him for the Lord Chamberlainship in the 1590s.