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Thread: everyone knows that medieval art is filled with snails fighting knights, but there's actually a whole medieval snail ecology and society, from snail-birds to snail-monks. And, ofc, snail-cats.

WARNING: this thread gets very very silly.

(Paris, MS. 62)
There were, of course, snail-humans, including this little snail-monk.

(Verdun, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 107, fol. 97r)
Snail-children are particularly cute.

(British Library, Stowe 17, fol. 8r & fol. 272r)
Ofc, the existence of snail-monks implies a snail-god, but the Catholic Church repressed almost all evidence of this mysterious being. Only a few depictions of the snailgod and its worshipers remain.

(BL MS Add. 49622; Gorlest Psalter)
Snail-people led complex lives and were frequently engaged in warfare.

(Verdun, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 107, fol. 89r)
Snails enjoyed jousting tournaments, and they were capable of great achievements and feats of construction.

(BL MS Harley 4379 f. 23v; BL MS Add 36684, fol. 61v)
Snails particularly enjoyed music, as this image of a snail enjoying a monkey performer evidences.

(Chambéry, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 3, fol. 33v)
Nonetheless, snails' famous tempers and warlike tendencies made them few friends.

(Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KA 16, fol. 109v; BnF, Français 701, fol. 46r; Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 143, fol. 179v)
It is distressing to report, but snails were often hunted by medieval humans, especially for their shells, which made fine houses.

(Morgan Library, MS M. 461, fol. 78 r; BNF, French 22971, fol. 60 v)
Nonetheless, some humans and snails could live in harmony, especially if the humans were willing to rub their eye-stalks.

(BL MS, Add. 49622, fol. 185v)
Snail riding was a popular pasttime, but any professional will tell you that snails are best ridden while naked.

Snails themselves preferred to ride cats.

(BnF, Français 1654; Paris, Bib. Maz. 1290.; Clermont-Ferrand, Bibliothèque municipale MS 84,; Marseille, BM, MS 209)
Snails were also famously good when trained as hunting birds, if you could get them accustomed to the glove.

(Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 143, f. 165r)
Ofc, snail-cats were also common.

(BL MS Stowe 17, fol. 185r; Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 102, fol. 316r)
As were snail-dogs and snail-stags.

(Walters Art Museum, Walters MS W.45, fol. 222r; BL MS Add. 18852, fol. 305v)
Snail-roosters were perhaps the most common snailnimals.

(Walters Art Museum, MS W.427, fol. 56v & fol. 171v; BL MS Royal 19 C VIII, fol. 32v)
And who can forget snail-bunnies? Or snail-unicorns?

(BnF, MS Français 1584, fol. 336v; BL MS Add. 62925, fol. 101v)
Or.....whatever this is?

(BL MS Add. 42130, fol. 185r)
Anyway, that's the silliest thread I've written. Apologies. Here's a final snailcat!

(BnF, Nouvelle acquisition latine 3115)
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