The Morgan Crusader Bible of Louis IX or Maciejowski Bible or The Bible of Shah Abbas

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Folio 27 recto


Goliath:
Saul and his army ride forth to face the Philistine army once more. The king, astride a horse adorned with orange trappings, glances uneasily over his shoulder: on the opposite side of the battlefield, he has spied Goliath, the Philistine giant. Goliath carries a gigantic shield on his back and leans on a spear nearly twice the height of a man. A huge sword is girt round his waist. As his armour-bearer and fellow soldiers confidently look on, the giant taunts the Israelite army, demanding that an opponent face him in single combat. (1 Samuel 17:38)

A drawing and notes on a mounted servant, 13th century, by Ian Heath based on this Bible
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