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De Nugis Curialium Montague Rhodes James

De Nugis Curialium By Montague Rhodes James

De Nugis Curialium by Montague Rhodes James


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De Nugis Curialium ('Courtiers' Trifles') is the only surviving work by the twelfth-century courtier, Walter Map. Written to entertain, the book is a collection of short stories and anecdotes about court life and contemporary society. This edition (1914) is based on the only surviving manuscript from the fourteenth century.

De Nugis Curialium Summary

De Nugis Curialium by Montague Rhodes James

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.

Table of Contents

Preface; Text; Appendix; Notes; Indexes.

Additional information

NLS9781108011709
9781108011709
1108011705
De Nugis Curialium by Montague Rhodes James
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-05-20
332
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