Snails in medieval manuscripts
Posted: 24 October 2013 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]
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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. Gallery and link.

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Posted: 24 October 2013 06:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Weird and interesting.

the Comte de Bastard theorised that a particular marginal image of a snail was intended to represent the Resurrection, since he discovered it in two manuscripts close to miniatures of the Raising of Lazarus.  In her famous survey of the subject, Lilian Randall proposed that the snail was a symbol of the Lombards, a group vilified in the early middle ages for treasonous behaviour, the sin of usury, and ‘non-chivalrous comportment in general.’

I blame it on the Etruscans.

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Posted: 24 October 2013 06:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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So we’re not going with Wikipedia?

“In Christian culture, it has been used as a symbol of the deadly sin of sloth.”

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Posted: 24 October 2013 06:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Wonders will never cease. Following happydog I googled a bit and came up with even weirder marginalia*:

http://historum.com/medieval-byzantine-history/63103-knight-v-snail.html

[ Edited: 24 October 2013 07:51 PM by Iron Pyrite ]
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Posted: 25 October 2013 03:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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In some cultures, the sloth represents the deadly sin of snail.

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Posted: 25 October 2013 03:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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This is the site for casual viewing of weird medieval marginalia. I’ve linked to one particular page, but the site is filled with lots of other examples and witty commentary. Alas, it’s not being updated anymore.

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Posted: 26 October 2013 01:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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First time I’ve ever heard of such marginalia. Loved them. Thanks for bringing them up, all of you.

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