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
- Original language included.
- Literature - Epics, Romance
- Literature - Folklore, Legends
- Material Culture: Food, Clothing, Household
- Nobility / Gentry
- Women / Gender
- Religion - Institutional Church
- War - Chivalry
- Royalty / Monarchs
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.
The preface (pp. iii-xvi) provides biographical information about Walter Map.