Absalom and Achitophel


John Dryden

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One of David’s trusted men. According to the Bible, Jotham is the king of Judah and the grandson of Zadock, but in Dryden’s poem he represents George Savile, the nephew of the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, the man allegorized in the character Achitophel. Savile was a stanch supporter of Charles II, and he is credited with being instrumental in defeating the Exclusion Bill in Parliament.
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...is a member of the Sanhedrins, but he is true to David. There is also Jotham and Hushai, whose allegiance to David is unwavering. Then there is Amiel, who is honorable... (full context)