Judith ctd.

Judith returns to Bethulia with the head of Holofernes in her servants bag. She shows the head to the gathered people and encourages them to attack the Assyrians first thing in the morning, which they do with much success. I don’t have much to say here, apart from the fact that Judith’s servant has “pale complexion”, the detail not mentioned in the Bible AFAIK. The battle is described in terms similar to the ones described in OE literature, with the animals: the wolf, eagle, raven waiting to feed on the corpses. I’m not sure if there were any wolves in ancient Middle East, but certainly it helped to make the experience more relatable to the English audience, to refer them to the poetic conventions they knew.

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