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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The palaces scattered along the Nile were never intended to act as impressive
stone testimonies to the glories of a particular kings reign; instead they were
constructed quickly and relatively cheaply from mud-brick wherever and
Only the lower classes, in particular the peasants, would have found litde change
from life in the Old and Middle Kingdoms. These workers continued with the daily
routines established by their fathers and grandfathers before them. To the ...
In part, the invisibility of the royal sons must be a result of the selective
preservation of the historical records, and in particular the royal monuments. The
temples and funerary monuments of Thebes and the West Bank are covered with
texts and ...
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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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