"the dark face stared up at me like Jezebel"
Depiction of Jezabel meeting Elijah
Public DomainDepiction of Jezabel meeting Elijah - Credit: Sir Francis Dicksee (1853-1928)

 Jezebel (sometimes Jezabel) was a 9th century BC princess, daughter of Ethbaal, King of the Phoenicians. There are various references to her scattered throughout the biblical Book of Kings.

She is reputed to have dominated her husband Ahab, and encouraged the worshipping of idols. Her ultimate fate was to be thrown out of a window and eaten by dogs.

As she is said to have painted her eyes with kohl before going to her death, her name has become associated with 'painted women' or prostitutes, and the term Jezebel has become a general description of any shameless or immoral woman.