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David is told of Absalom's conspiracy

Absalom flirts with David's concubines

David flees Jerusalem

 

 

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David is told of Absalom's conspiracy Absalom flirts with David's concubines David flees Jerusalem
A messenger announces to Davis that Absalom's conspiracy was successful.  Detail shows:  1 -period furniture, a faldstool. Absalom sits on a bench, flirting and carousing with David's concubines.  Detail shows:  1 -a vair-lined cloak and two tunics. David flees from Jerusalem to Mount Olivet with his servants, where Ziba brings supplies on mules.  Details show:  1 -very clear detail of a spearhead.  2 -garment resembling a Chaperon, but with an unusually long mantle piece.
Detail 1faldstool Detail 1vair-lined cloak and two tunics Details 1spearhead 2Chaperon

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David's knights defeat Absalom's army Absalom is killed in the battle King David awaits new of the battle
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David's knights defeat Absalom's army Absalom is killed in the battle King David awaits new of the battle
David's knights engage Absalom and his knights in a melee which takes place in the forest of Ephraim.  The order is to bring Absalom back alive.  Detail shows:  1 -period weapon, a mace.  2 -period weapon, a glaive.  3 -single hand sword with brass crossguard and pommel.  4 -a horse's halter Joab disregards David's order to bring Absalom back alive and impales Absalom with two spears, while preparing to thrust a third into Absalom's body.  Absalom gets entangled in a low hanging tree and ends up dieing while hanging from his hair. David, in the city of Mahanaim, awaits news of the battle against Absalom.  Details show:  1 -heater shield.  2 -heater shield 3 -a heraldic type of flag, called a "Banner", attached (in this case) to the head of a spear.  Typically, they were vertical in orientation (as seen), usually 2 "units" wide by 3 "units" high, and represented a king, baron, overload or knight.  It preceded him in battle as a sign of his feudal rights.
Details 1mace 2glaive 3sword with brass crossguard and pommel 4horse halter   Details 1heater shield 2heater shield 3heraldic banner
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