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In this full-page initial B beginning Psalm 1, "Beatus vir..." (Blessed is the man), King David plays an organ in the upper register. In the lower register, a young David slays Goliath, depicted here as a medieval knight. The first lines of the psalm are written in decorative script below. The fanciful marginal figures are typical of Franco-Flemish border decoration at the end of the thirteenth century.

Initial B, beginning Psalm 1

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