A Woman to Know: Judith

Judith went to the bedpost by Holofernes' head and took down his sword. She came closer, seized Holofernes by the hair of his head and said, 'O Lord, God of Israel, give me my strength now.' - The Book of Judith

(image credit: Artemisia Gentileschi, "Judith Slaying Holofernes," Art Institute of Chicago)

She's immortalized in countless paintings and sculptures and texts, but at its very bloody heart, Judith's story is all about one night.

Holofernes was going to conquer Judith's hometown, so she flirted up a storm and snuck into his tent and decapitated him.


(image credit: Caravaggio, "Judith Beheading Holofernes," Wikimedia Commons)

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