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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Any 'normal' king would be accompanied in such scenes by his wife, and here we
almost certainly have the true explanation of Nefemre's prominence. Hatchepsut
as king needed a God's Wife to participate in the ritual aspects of her role and ...
The scenes themselves arc by no means timid or apologetic; they are miraculous
and joyful, and they convey above all a sense of Hatchepsut's pride in her own
origins and achievements. It is perhaps no coincidence that the only other ...
role, that of the warrior-king defending his land against the traditional enemies of
Egypt, while the inner, more private areas showed more intimate scenes: here
the king could be seen acting as high priest, or making an offering before the cult
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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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