The biblical kingdom ruled by David in “Absalom and Achitophel,” which serves as an allegory for Dryden’s contemporary England.
Israel Term Timeline in Absalom and Achitophel
The timeline below shows where the term Israel appears in Absalom and Achitophel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Absalom and Achitophel
...begins, before religion determined polygamy sinful, one man was not limited to one woman. David, Israel’s king, spread his “Maker’s image” throughout his kingdom. He is married to Michal, and she... (full context)
...willful and temperamental bunch and are easily corrupted. Despite already being free, the “Adam-wits” of Israel want more liberty, and they will go to great lengths to get it. After the... (full context)
...but represented worse.” The plot is started and espoused by radicals, yet the people of Israel swallow it, “unchewed and crude.” There is likely some measure of truth behind the plot,... (full context)
...their cries with his “royal blood,” Achitophel believes, the Jews will surely choose him as Israel’s rightful king and not adhere to the line succession, which is very “long and dark,... (full context)
...honorable and old. He was in exile with David and traveled back with him to Israel. Barzillai is very rich and very kind, and Barzillai’s eldest son—“snatched in manhood’s prime”—will forever... (full context)
...and when they are “breathless,” David will strike them down. As he speaks, thunder shakes Israel, and “godlike David” is again “restored, / And willing nations knew their lawful lord. (full context)