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Knight v snail - in pictures

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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Des enluminures étranges au Moyen Age

Nude knight on a hobby horse, medieval illuminated manuscript

Medieval Bestiary : Mermaid Gallery

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Why do knights fight snails in illuminated manuscripts?

Gorleston Psalter. 1310-1324. Add MS 49622 f193v detail. Added discussion as to why so many knights fight snails in marginalia.

Detail from The Luttrell Psalter, British Library Add MS 42130 (medieval manuscript,1325-1340), f171v / The medieval imagination never fails to delight... /A Journey Through Medieval Life octavia.net

Archangel Saint Michael fighting the dragon and weighing the souls with balances London British Library - Additional 29902, fol-2b Michael

Border in a medieval manuscript with a mermaid and merman. British Library Royal MS 10 E IV Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (t...

Detail from The Luttrell Psalter, British Library Add MS 42130 (medieval manuscript,1325-1340), f69r

Detail from The Luttrell Psalter, British Library Add MS 42130 (medieval manuscript,1325-1340), f260v