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Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh Kindle Edition
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Tyldesley begins with an examination of the general society: the role of pharoah, a divine/absolute ruler upon which almost all society turned; the role of the royal family, the priest and military classes, and the interaction with foreign cultures. From here she proceeds to examine the specifics of the Tuthmoside family, with their warring factions and cooperative ventures designed to shore up a tenuous grasp on the authority of power. Examining Hatchepsut's rise to power, she divides it into two chapters - 'Queen of Egypt' and 'King of Egypt'.
This is an interesting, accessible biography which brings to light many recent discoveries and shares contrasting theories of the history of this interesting figure.
For anyone who wants to learn about the new "Golden Age" of Egypt from the time of despair in Egypt and the regaining of power by Egypt from the regin of Ahmose to the complex reigns from the Tuthmosides empire through to the complexities of the reign of Hatchepsut, this book is a good start.
It outlines the reign of a forgotten pharaoh who was not mentioned on the kings lists but who's memory was not entirely wiped away by her step-son/nephew Tuthmosis III.
The book goes on to explain the family tree of the Tuthmoside empire and gives explanations into the correct order that each Tuthmosis regined from her father, to her brother/husband , to her reign and that of her co-regency with her step-son/nephew.
It gives detailed acounts of her mortuary temple at Djeser-Djeseru commonly known now as Del-el-Bahri and the reliefs on the temple walls outlining her expiditions to the land of Punt and so forth.
Joyce Tyldesley also gives an account of her supposedly love affair with Senenmut and his influence on her life and that of her daughter Neferure.
To summarize this book I would say that it gives the reader with an already stable interest in Egypt and Hatchepsut ,more light on her life, love, political and unfortunate temporary loss of remmbrance as a Pharoah, slighty more indepth scholarly biography of a remarkable woman who had great power over Egypt and who's peace keping expeditions did alot for the stability and wealth of a truly Golden Empire.
What came as interesting to which this book explores the relationship between Hatchepsut and her father, Pharaoh Tuthmosis I. There does not appeared to be any negativity between them, and was seen as very positive. Throughout the years of her rule, Hatchepsut honored her father "in every way possible" in order to preserve her direct link to Tuthmosis I as a rightful heir to Egyptian throne (p. 117-8). Since she was born to both Tuthmosis I and Queen Ahmose who were of a royal blood, Hatchepsut believed that she had a direct royal bloodline because her brother-husband, Tuthmosis II, was born to a mother who was not from a royal bloodline. Therefore, she believed that she had a right to rule Egypt regardless of what her gender was. An impression that comes to one's mind from the book is that Hatchepsut needed to rule Egypt in the honor of her father and not for her personal agenda.Read more ›
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The known information about Hatchepsut is limited, but the author makes up for that by building picture of the society in which Haatchepsut lived in. Read morePublished 5 months ago by david
Really enjoyed this excellent book. Obviously it is now slightly dated but that is true of all books about history. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bibi
Good cure for insomnia! So little information stretched repetitively with irrelevant references to pad it out. Nothing new to learn in this book.Published 21 months ago by Arumdec
A truly Great Woman of Ancient Times. A very well written and informative book. If Egypt is of interest to you I recommend this book highly.Published on 28 Jun. 2013 by David Morrison
All you want to know about Queen Hatshepsut is this gorgeous paperback. It is very well written, and it is interesting to read.Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Vicente
Great book full of easy to read information but the book print is quite small this is why I gave it four stars.Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by Dancing Queen
I love this this book. Full of information and facts about this great Queen and how she ruled
Egypt. I am very pleased with this purchase.
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