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Wulfstan answers the question, "What's it all about, Ælfheah?"
This discussion offers the context for a reasonable linking of snails and knights. The image of the humble snail as a Davidic warrior who (implicitly, here) battles the arrogant, proud Goliath must emphasize that Goliath is a knight in armor; his armor is described in ISamuel:7. Of course, the snail has its shell, but the shell is a natural phenomenon, like David's simple battle garb, while Goliath's armor is "assumed." The shell could also be thought of as a static, symbolic representation of the kinetic power of David's whirling sling. Thus, the theme is Humility versus Pride.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2013 on Knight v Snail at Medieval manuscripts blog
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