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VOX: Why knights fought snails in medieval art

Medieval snails and knights — yep, that’s correct. Medieval illuminated manuscripts featured a lot of bizarre imagery in the margins, one specific pocket of art history might be one of the most intriguing.

Academic Lilian Randall wrote a paper about a certain unusual motif: medieval knights fighting snails.

VOX explain how snails represented the Lombards, who had become widely despised leaders throughout Europe. A snail was an insult and, over time, it became a type of meme detached from its original meaning.