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Wright, Thomas, ed., Gualteri Mapes De Nugis Curialium Distinctiones Quingue (London: J. B. Nichols and Son (Camden Society, No. 50)) Read this source online

Text name(s): De Nugis Curialium; Courtiers' Trifles; Trifles of the Court

Number of pages of primary source text: 0


Dates: 1150 - 1200

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England


Record Types: 

  • Memoir

Subject Headings: 

  • Literature - Epics, Romance
  • Literature - Folklore, Legends
  • Material Culture: Food, Clothing, Household
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Women / Gender
  • Religion - Institutional Church
  • War - Chivalry
  • Royalty / Monarchs


  • Index
  • Introduction


This text is the most important work attributed to Walter Map, an English contemporary of Gerald of Wales and favorite of king Henry II. It is a book in which he amused himself by jotting downs his sentiments along with the popular gossip of courtiers. In addition to witty (and often satirical) contemporary anecdotes, the text includes romance and popular legends.

For a more recent edition with facing page translation see M.R. James et. Al., De Nugis Curialium (Courtiers’ Trifles), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983.

Introduction Summary: 

The preface (pp. iii-xvi) provides biographical information about Walter Map.

Cataloger: SES