"Sebastian had made every mistake possible in pursuing his dream of a crusade against the infidel, but at the last he proved a courageous, even inspirational warrior, who ‘forsaketh not his people: thinking it dishonourable to seek safety by flight, and with those few that followed him, behaved himself valiantly. He slew so many, he sent so many to hell, that many called him the lightning.’" (Jerry Brotton, This Orient Isle- Elizabethan England and the Islamic World)

What does the emphasized phrase mean?



"to renounce or turn away from entirely"

That is old-fashioned writing. Today we would conjugate "forsaketh" "forsakes". The negative inversion is also old-fashioned. Today we would write that "who does not forsake his people".

alibey1917who ‘forsaketh not his people:

E.g. In the middle of the battle, when his side was losing, he didn't run away.