During the reign of Edward III (1327 – 1377) there was an increasing number of secular persons engaged in the production of manuscripts. These were the scriptors, escriveners and text-
During this period the beauty and elegance of manuscripts continued to be developed by:
luminers who did the colouring and gilding and the little pictures
noters who wrote the musical notation
turners who either invented the floreate marginal borders or acted as translators
flourishers who drew the elaborate initial and capital letters
At that time the Guild controlled the trade of writing and the illuminating of manuscripts, certain legal activities and some early book-
At the start of the reign of Henry VI (1422 -
The first parliament of Richard III (1483 -
This was the start of the demise of the textwriters but the luminers, turners and flourishers continued to decorate the printed books
The function of the Guild continued in some form until the nineteenth century when the requirement for national professional bodies led to its decline.
The Guild was revived in 1991 as an amalgam of members of the legal, accounting and other similar professions in York. Until 2016 it was the youngest of the seven extant York guilds and companies. Two new guilds were formed in 2016.
The objectives of the Guild are to create a forum for members of these bodies to meet together, to exchange ideas and views, to provide education and training and, in common with other Guilds, to undertake charitable works within, and support the traditions of, our famous City.