Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography of Printed and Online Primary Sources for the Middle Ages

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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

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: Facing page

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • British Isles
  • England
  • Europe
  • Wales


Record Types: 

  • Literature - Prose
  • Memoir

Subject Headings: 

  • Literature - Other
  • Nobility / Gentry


  • Index
  • Appendix
  • Introduction


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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Introduction Summary: 

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.

Cataloger: JBF