Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, UK/Bridgeman Art Library

Almost universally despised, but admired by our author, Jezebel was a proponent of Canaanite religion and supporter of the cult of the god Baal, which caused her and her husband, Ahab, to clash repeatedly with the prophet Elijah, as depicted above in Thomas Matthew Rooke’s 1879 oil on canvas King Ahab’s Coveting.