James, M. R., trans.; Brooke, C. N. L.; Meyers, R. A. B., De Nugis Curialium (Courtiers' Trifles) (Oxford Medieval Texts. Oxford. Clarendon Press) Read this source online
Text name(s): De Nugis Curialium; Courtiers' Trifles; Trifles of the Court
Number of pages of primary source text: 608
Dates: 1140 - 1200
Archival Reference: Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Bodley 851 (3041
- Translated into English.
- Original language included.
Translation Comments: Facing page
- British Isles
- Literature - Prose
- Literature - Other
- Nobility / Gentry
A previous edition (Latin text only) edited by M. R. James was first published at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, in 1914. Yet another edition with an English translation, edited by E. Sidney Hartland and notes by Sir John Lloyd was issued in London: volume 9 of the Record Series by the Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion in 1923. This version is full text including both Latin and the English translation, including a list of chapters and concordance. The text itself is very ecclectic, containing court gossip, some real history, and personal anecdotes.
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Lengthy introduction (xiii – l) covers bibliographic information on Walter Map, his writings, the date, composition, and scope of De Nugis Curialium, and information concerning the original texts.