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I believe the snail is a representation of an enemy nation or region. Since England had problems with France and French regions, could it be a burlesque way to represent them? Maybe they choose the snails because England troops got shocked when seeing French troops picking snails from the Lands and eating them. Iirc eating snails is not a tradition in England at that time but was normal in France and other countries. Maybe other countries fighting against France decided to ilustrate them in the same way.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2013 on Knight v Snail at Medieval manuscripts blog
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