John the Baptist's murder might well have been similarly cast save for the tradition that followed him, which recounts the story in which he is a martyred saint.
The artist drew on religious imagery of martyred saints to depict new political martyrs.
People had held her in high esteem fancying that her withdrawal from public life was a sort of silent homage to her martyred husband.
Scottish nationalists have made her into their version of Joan of Arc, a martyred hero who struggled against English oppression.
Some stand as if in a martyred silence, some have bullhorns.
Many martyred pilgrim sites are spread across the country.
From around the fourth century, bishops approved the cause of martyred Christians, and their cult would spread among local churches.
In the Vendee, south of the Loire, civil war was soon raging, with the rebels organizing themselves into a self-styled Catholic and Royal Army dedicated to restoring the heirs of the martyred king.
Another woman, dressed in white and with her hair pulled back in a chignon, says she weeps today ‘to beg forgiveness of this martyred child.’
And so the story ends with the martyred Saint John the Baptist.