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#Knights #vs #snails
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?
Knight v Snail VII: A Pretty Comprehensive Defeat (from a fragmentary Book of Hours, England (London), c. 1320-c. 1330, Harley MS 6563, ff. ...
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’) . It remains a bit unsure whether this was used in those days for sea snails, land snails, or both