"like the story of Queen Esther of the Old Testament"

Queen Esther by Edwin Long 1878. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Public DomainQueen Esther by Edwin Long 1878. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne - Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Queen Esther, according to the Old Testament Book of Esther, was the Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus

Brought up by her uncle Mordecai, the orphaned Esther was married to King Ahasuerus after being chosen from the harem.  When Haman, one of the most powerful princes of the realm, plotted to execute Mordecai and to kill all Jews in the kingdom, Esther intervened with Ahasuerus to save them. 

The celebration of Purim in Judaism is based on Esther and her story, in commemoration of the deliverance of the Jews.