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Hatchepsut : the female pharaoh /
Joyce Tyldesley.
1st ed.
London ; New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1996.
xiii, 270 p. , [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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London ; New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1996.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [256]-257) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1996-10-28:
Egyptian Queen Hatchepsut, who died in 1482 B.C. after more than 20 years of peaceful rule, proclaimed herself pharaoh during her reign. She depicted herself, in temple paintings, as a man who hunted, fished and even sported the pharaoh's hallmark false beard. Was she, then, as many historians have speculated, a cross-dresser or merely power-hungry and eager to outshine the half-brother whom she married, King Tuthmosis II? There's absolutely no evidence to suggest she "came out" as a transvestite, concludes English archeologist Tyldesley, and the fact that Hatchepsut retained her female name "suggests that she did not see herself as wholly, or even partially, male." In this highly conjectural biography, Hatchepsut emerges as a conformist queen consort who, once her husband died, blossomed as a pragmatic ruler, bringing Egypt an oasis of stable government, impressive architectural restoration and adventurous foreign trade and exploration from Phoenicia to Sinai. This biography will be of interest primarily to specialists. Illustrated. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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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 claustrophic Theban royal family of early 18th Dynasty Egypt.
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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.
Table of Contents
List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Maps and Chronologies
Introductionp. 1
Backdrop: Egypt in the Early Eighteenth Dynastyp. 15
A Strong Family: The Tuthmosidesp. 43
Queen of Egyptp. 70
King of Egyptp. 99
War and Peacep. 129
Propaganda in Stonep. 154
Senenmut: Greatest of the Greatp. 177
The End and the Aftermathp. 210
Notesp. 237
Further Readingp. 256
Indexp. 258
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