"St Bartholomew's Eve and Cassandra"

St Bartholomew's Eve refers to the massacre of the Huguenots by the Roman Catholics in France, on August 23rd 1572, the eve of St Bartholomew's Day.

Cassandra is a figure from Greek myth, the most beautiful daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Entranced by her beauty, the god Apollo granted Cassandra the gift of prophecy, but when she spurned his advances, placed a curse on her so that no one would believe her prophecies. Cassandra's warnings about the Trojan Horse were ignored. She was raped by Ajax the Lesser, and then became Agamemnon's concubine. Her warning visions of Agamemnon's murder, along her own demise, both at the hands of Agamemnon's wife and her lover, also went unheeded.