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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And how. in a highly conservative and male- dominated society, was she able to
achieve her goal with such apparent ease? It has generally been allowed that the
answer to these riddles must be sought in the character of the woman herself.
this hero-worship went far beyond the natural affection that a young woman might
be expected to feel for her dead father: This [devotion to a dominant father] is a
trait which prominent females some- times show. Anna Freud turned herself into ...
Antonia Fraser, who dubs this type of woman a 'Warrior Queen', notes that: ... a
Warrior Queen - or female ruler - has often provided the focus for what a country
afterwards perceived to have been its golden age; beyond the obvious example ...
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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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