Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh

Hatchepsut: the Female Pharaoh, Viking/Penguin 1997.

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 defied tradition and established herself on the divine throne of the pharaohs. 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 images were vandalized and, for over two thousand years, her name was forgotten.

By combining archaeological and historical evidence from a wide range of sources, Hatchepsut provides the reader with an intriguing insight into life within the claustrophobic Theban royal family of early 18th Dynasty Egypt.

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