Knight v Snail V:  Revenge of the Snail (from the Smithfield Decretals, southern France (probably Toulouse), with marginal scenes added in E...

snailfight ‘The Smithfield Decretals’ (Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria), Tolouse ca. illuminations added in London ca. 1340 (British Library, Royal 10 E IV, fol.

Knight v snail - in pictures

Knight vs Snail (and a bonus “Monkey vs Snail”) A few isolated cases of Knights engaging in combat with snails from Century English and French manuscripts.

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

Knight v Snail II: Battle in the Margins (from the Gorleston Psalter, England (Suffolk), Add MS f.

Detail of a marginal miniature of an ape archer aiming at a butterfly above, from the right margin of the folio, from the Estoire del Saint Graal, France (Saint-Omer or Tournai?), 1st quarter of the 14th century: London, British Library, MS Royal 14 E. iii, f. 89r

Detail of a marginal miniature of an ape archer aiming at a butterfly above, from the right margin of the folio, from the Estoire del Saint Graal, France (Saint-Omer or Tournai?), quarter of the.

BLL_Add49622_f213v_d The lower marginalia on f. 213v have a kneeling knight opposing a (dextral) snail; the knight is in the same position as on f. 162v except the total lack of armour in this case.

Gorleston Psalter The lower marginalia on f. have a kneeling knight opposing a (dextral) snail; the knight is in the same position as on f. except the total lack of armour in this case.

BLL_Add49622_f179r_d On f. 179r, upper marginalia, the (dextral) snail is confronting a hybrid of a lion with a knight. The knight has his scimitar ready for attack, his lion-head shield in front of him. Very interestingly, above the snail is a text which reminded me of the French word ‘limaçons'; in the end it turned out to be an Anglo-Norman word for snail (‘limaceoun’) [2]. It remains a bit unsure whether this was used in those days for sea snails, land snails, or both

“Any suggestions on this inscription? Possibly related to limaçons? From the Gorleston Psalter (Add MS

Gorleston Psalter BLL_Add49622_f185v_d In the lower marginalia of f. 185v a knight, his weapon relaxed on his shoulder, grabs the tentacles of the (dextral) snail sitting on the branch in front of him. One may expect a retraction…; perhaps the snail surrendered?

Gorleston Psalter In the lower marginalia of f. a knight, his weapon relaxed on his shoulder, grabs the tentacles of the (dextral) snail sitting on the branch in front of him. One may expect a retraction…; perhaps the snail surrendered?

Riding A rabbit hound trained with A snail of prey of Guillaume Durand Pontifical, Avignon, before 1390 (Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r)

rabbit riding a hound with a trained snail of prey Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390 (Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms.

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