Evidently a common motif in the margins of medieval manuscripts is: knights fighting snails. No one knows why. Credit: The British Library A detail from Brunetto Latini's Li Livres dou Tresor, France (Picardy), c. 1315-1325

Knight v snail - in pictures Knights are often pictured fighting snails in medieval manuscripts - but their significance has been lost in the slime of time. British Library experts have been tracking down the mighty molluscs and pondering their significance ...

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Nude knight on a hobby horse, medieval illuminated manuscript

Mermaid. detail. France 13-14th cent.

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Medieval Bestiary : Mermaid Gallery

Medieval Bestiary : Dragon Gallery

As anyone who is familiar with 13th and 14th century illuminated manuscripts can attest, images of armed knights fighting snails are common,...

1920 Mollusks Print Sea Snails Marine Gastropods

This thing with the unexplained motif of knights fighting snails (and often losing to them) in medieval manuscripts is just one of the best ...

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S for Snail: Medieval snails...

Antique snail mollusk ocean sea life print, 1889. Lithograph