Judith was a Biblical figure, a daring and beautiful widow who used her charm to infiltrate an army and behead Holofernes. The story of Judith has captivated artists from Caravaggio to Klimt.
The personage assigned to the Queen of clubs in the Paris Pattern was Argine, an anagram for ‘Regina’, which is Latin for ‘queen.’
There is some speculation as to the Rachel’s identity. The prevailing theory is the Biblical figure Rachel, wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph. Another theory suggests that Rachel is actually Ragnel, the wife of Sir Gawain of the Round Table, and that her identity was lost or changed over generations. Either way, intriguing.