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

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.

True or false: keeping pet snails was all the rage in the 14th century …

True or false: keeping pet snails was all the rage in the century…

British Library Royal MS 12 C XIX (c1200-c1210) f32r

Bull Latin name: Juvencus Other names: Bullock, Taurus The Indian bull is tawny colored and swift as a bird : British Library, Royal MS 12 C.

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

Snail vs. Centaur (@BLMedieval, Add 49622, 14th c.)

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first appearance of the snail is on f. of the Psalter in the upper marginalia. The snail, a dextral specimen, is confronting a hybrid of a lion and a woman with a shield and sword. A variation on the ‘knight v. snail’ theme we have seen before.

Las anotaciones de los monjes copistas

Medieval monks complained about their jobs in the margins of ancient manuscripts

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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.