Why knights fought snails in medieval art

Look in the margins of medieval books and you'll find an unusual theme: knights vs. snails.
Medieval snails and knights — who knew? It turns out that medieval illuminated manuscripts featured a lot of bizarre imagery in the margins, but this pocket of art history might be one of the most intriguing.

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0 1. Thanny commented 2 years ago

Reminds me of the bit with the French knight of Waterloo World in Psychonauts.
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+3 2. Paperman commented 2 years ago

The link to the Lombards its nice but the snail representing time makes more sense. Even the mightiest warriors fall before the rampage of time. Thus all the "about to be defeated knights" kneeling before the snails and trying to fight them.
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0 3. Judge-Jake commented 2 years ago

Obviously had too much time on their hands, otherwise they would have drawn slugs.