Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh
Viking, 1996 - 270 pages
Queen - or, as she would prefer to be remembered, King - Hatchepsut was a remarkable woman. Born the eldest daughter of King Tuthmosis I, married to her half-brother Tuthmosis II, and guardian of her young stepson-nephew Tuthmosis III, Hatchepsut, the Female Pharaoh, brilliantly defied tradition and established herself on the divine throne of the pharaohs to become the female embodiment of a man, dressing in male clothing and even sporting the pharaoh's traditional false beard. Her reign was a carefully balanced period of internal peace, foreign exploration and monumental building, and Egypt prospered under her rule. After her death, however, a serious attempt was made to obliterate Hatchepsut's memory from the history of Egypt. Her monuments were either destroyed or usurped, her portraits were vandalized and, for over two thousand years, her name was forgotten.
The political climate leading to Hatchepsut's unprecedented assumption of power and the principal achievements of her reign are considered in detail, and the vicious attacks on Hatchepsut's name and image are explored in full. By combining archaeological and historical evidence from a wide range of sources, Joyce Tyldesley provides the reader with an intriguing insight into life within the claustrophobic Theban royal family in early 18th Dynasty Egypt. At last, the Female Pharaoh is restored.
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Shortly before her coronation Hatchepsut is both regal enough to make offerings
directly to the gods – hitherto the prerogative of the divine pharaoh - and wealthy
enough to become the first nonking to commission a pair of obelisks . By now ...
It is perhaps no coincidence that the only other complete cycle of divine birth
scenes comes from the Luxor temple of the later 18th Dynasty king Amenhotep III
, a temple which was dedicated to the celebration of the royal Ka , or the divine ...
The king was male ( an irrelevance to Hatchepsut ) , divine , and able to
communicate with the gods . Hatchepsut did not want to be seen as a mere
queen who ruled : she wanted to be a king . To emphasize her changed status ,
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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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