Jousting Snails

My post The Snail and the Knight showed some fearsome medieval snails in various poses. Here, for your delight, are some more snails jousting and fighting their way through history.

All images are from Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the ‘Smithfield Decretals’) (France, S. (Toulouse?), Last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century).

Royal 10 E IV f. 294A hybrid snail being ridden by hare, who is jousting a dog riding a hare,
shelfmark Royal 10 E IV f. 294

Royal 10 E IV f. 45Man and snail, shelfmark Royal 10 E IV f.45

Royal 10 E IV f. 46vMan and snail, shelfmark Royal 10 E IV f.46v

Royal 10 E IV f. 107Man & large snail, shelfmark Royal 10 E IV f.107

Royal 10 E IV f. 112vTwo birds attacking a snail, shelfmark Royal 10 E IV f.112v

You may also be interested in the following posts with images from the British Library’s Medieval Manuscript collections:
Images of Tudor people
Wild Animals and Early modern England
Images of the Devil in the Medieval/early-modern period
Images of medieval cats
Images of medieval cats – part 2
Images of medieval dogs
The Medieval Spinsters
The sinful hermit
The Snail and the Knight

Notes
All digital images from the British Library’s Online Images archive appear by courtesy of the British Library Board and may not be reproduced © British Library Board.

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