Jezebel was a princess, whose story is told in the Book of Kings. She was the daughter of Ethbaal, King of Tyre, and wife of Ahab, King of North Israel. She was a strong power behind the throne, and converted Ahab from Judaism to worship her Phoenician god Baal. After she had many Jewish prophets killed, Elijah challenged 450 prophets of Baal to a competition in which he exposed the rival god as powerless, and had Baal’s prophets slaughtered.
Following Ahab’s death, her sons took the throne. The Jewish prophets however led a coup against them, and they were overthrown and killed. The victors then came for Jezebel, who was thrown from a window and killed. Jezebel’s name came to be associated with false prophets, and promiscuity, and later with fallen or abandoned women.