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Absalom the third and favourite son of David, who rebelled against his father and was killed; he is taken as the type of a rebellious son who is loved and mourned despite his rebellion.

According to the biblical account, Absalom was killed when he rode beneath an oak tree and the branches caught in his long hair, trapping him, so that he could be dispatched by David's commander Joab.
Absalom and Achitophel an allegorical poem (1681) by John Dryden, dealing with the succession crisis centring on the Exclusion Bill of 1680; in the poem, Absalom stands for the Duke of Monmouth, Charles II's illegitimate son, and his counsellor Achitophel is his supporter the Earl of Shaftesbury.

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Absalom

Absalom In the Old Testament, third and favourite son of King David. A youth of uncontrollable arrogance, he murdered his brother Amnon, and led a failed rebellion against David. Trapped in flight when his hair became entangled in the branches of an oak, he was killed by David's general Joab.

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Amnon

Amnon: In the Bible, David's eldest son. He raped his half-sister Tamar and was killed for it by her brother Absalom.

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