Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh
Penguin Books Limited, 1998 M01 29 - 304 pages
Queen - or, as she would prefer to be remembered King - Hatchepsut was an astonishing woman. Brilliantly defying tradition she became the female embodiment of a male role, dressing in men's clothes and even wearing a false beard. Forgotten until Egptologists deciphered hieroglyphics in the 1820's, she has since been subject to intense speculation about her actions and motivations. Combining archaeological and historical evidence from a wide range of sources, Joyce Tyldesley's dazzling piece of detection strips away the myths and misconceptions and finally restores the female pharaoh to her rightful place.
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Archaeological evidence of necessity plays a large part in our reconstruction of
ancient Egypt. The shortfalls of the Egyptian archaeological record are by now
well known, but they are worth repeating at this point as they have a direct effect
Again, this evidence needs to be approached with an appropriate degree of
caution; we should never lose sight of the fact that the written record is
incomplete, randomly selected, and carries its own biases. The monumental
inscriptions, for ...
Ti goes further than the Deir el-Bahri evidence in suggesting that Hatchepsut was
actually present during the fighting in Nubia. He himself was present at the battle
not as a soldier, but as a bureaucrat. Further confirmatory evidence for at least ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gcamp - LibraryThing
Although I learned much about the female King, Hatchepsut, I often found this book to be a little to slow at times. Therefore, it was difficult to maintain my interest in it. Hatchepsut was the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KarenIrelandPhillips - LibraryThing
The author's excellent work on the daily life of ancient Egyptian women piqued my interest in her biography of this queen (more usually spelled Hatshepsut) who ruled as a King. I was not disappointed ... Read full review
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