De Nugis Curialium

by Walter Map

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series

De Nugis Curialium Synopsis

Walter Map was a twelfth-century courtier and royal servant. He was a prolific writer, but De Nugis Curialium ('Courtiers' Trifles') is the only surviving work confidently attributed to him. The book is a collection of short stories and anecdotes about the court, religion and history. Map's references demonstrate that he read widely, not only biblical and theological works, but also classical authors such as Horace, Virgil, Ovid and Juvenal. The only surviving manuscript of the work is a fourteenth-century copy once belonging to the monk John Wells of Ramsey Abbey. The Cambridge bibliographer M. R. James would have been attracted to the breadth of Map's referencing, and the author's light-hearted writing style which was intended to entertain. James' 1914 Oxford publication corrected the earlier work of Thomas Wright who published an edition for the Camden Society in 1850.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108011709
Publication date: 20th May 2010
Author: Walter Map
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 332 pages
Categories: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Literary essays,

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