Article: Why were Medieval knights always fighting snails? (Brunetto Latini Title Li Livres dou Tresor Origin: France, N. (Picardy) Date c. 1315-1325, French)

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.

Medieval Bestiary : Mermaid Gallery

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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

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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 ...