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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changes of ruler, became almost universally adopted despite a complete
absence of corroborative evidence, and initially only the Swiss egyptolo- gist
Edouard Naville made a direct challenge to Sethe's suggested sequence of
Their daughter, Ankhesenamen, widow of Tutankhamen, was independent
enough to attempt to arrange her own marriage with the son of a foreign ruler.
With the end of the 1 8th Dynasty the importance of the queens diminished
Cleopatra, the family survivor, proclaimed her infant son Caesarion (allegedly the
child of Julius Caesar) co-regent, effectively making herself sole ruler of Egypt.
Her reign brought a brief period of internal peace and economic stability.
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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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