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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Her primary role was, however, to provide an almost entirely passive complement
to her active husband. She was not expected to become a prominent public
figure, had no state duties, held few official titles and was powerful only to the
This in turn implies that while the position of King's Daughter was very much seen
as a role in its own right, the role of King's Son was merely an accident of birth,
not a full- time career. The crown prince was obviously an exception to this rule; ...
Hatchepsut as king needed a God's Wife to participate in the ritual aspects of her
role and to ensure the preservation of maat. As Hatchepsut could not act
simultaneously as both Gods Wife and King her own daughter, herself the
daughter of a ...
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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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