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Mediaeval Tales of the Supernatural

Walter Map (1140 – c. 1210) was a cleric, a courtier, and a very odd and witty man. He collected a bunch of stories he calls “trifles” or “gossip”: among them, tales of ghostly knights and cursed babies, demonic Popes and foreign monsters. He gripes about kings. He talks trash about saints he knew.

Click here for a PDF of my translation of my favorite Walter Map stories, taken from his book De nugis curialium (“Courtly Trifles”): Map Translation.

(WARNING: THESE STORIES CONTAIN MATERIAL THAT IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNGER READERS.)

Hope you enjoy these Gothic tales from the Gothic era!

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