Banned Books Week—History Edition
This page was removed from the 13th-century Morgan Picture Bible. Why?
It was owned in the 1600s by Persian ruler Shah Abbas, who, it is suspected, did not approve of this story about a son’s defiance of his father.
This page shows the battle between the armies of traitoroous Absalom and his father King David, and Absalom’s death.
Zoom into the illumination: here.
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. This week we’re sharing examples of books from cultural history that have been attacked, vilified, or otherwise banned.
Scenes from the Life of Absalom, about 1250, French. J. Paul Getty Museum.