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Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh and over one million other books are available . Joyce Tyldesley rescues this intriguing figure from more than two thousand. Queen – or, as she would prefer to be remembered, King – Hatchepsut was a of her young stepson-nephew Tuthmosis III, Hatchepsut, the Female Pharaoh. Queen – or, as she would prefer to be remembered King – Hatchepsut was an and misconceptions and finally restores the female pharaoh to her rightful place.

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HATCHEPSUT by Joyce Tyldesley | Kirkus Reviews

Hatshepsut or Hatchepsut — Wikipedia favours the former, Tyldesley the latter lived about 3, years ago and was, apparently, one of the most successful femal of 18th Dynasty Egypt. She was the daughter of Thutmose I AKA Tuthmosis I and the sister and wife of Thutmose II, and, when her husband died after a fairly short and unimpressive reign, she took over the reins of power.

However, she was always, officially a co-regent with her nephew, Pharaoy III; but, as he was only two at the start of his reign, she was able to become the dominant co-king. At the beginning of her reign, she was portrayed as quite feminine and girlish, but later, as she became the de facto sole ruler, the images she had made of herself became more and more masculine. One photograph shows a relief of the two co-pharaohs and they are pretty much identical. Hatshepsut reigned for 22 years and, once she came into her own as the senior pharaoh, ruled very effectively, bringing peace and prosperity, initiating successful military campaigns and trading missions.


After her death, however, Thutmose III — another highly successful pharaoh — seems to have waged a campaign to excise his aunt from history: Thutmose III nursed his resentment for years and may jpyce have done away with his co-ruler then blasted her name from the record in personal hatred and reactionary zeal.

Joyce Tyldesley paints a rather more measured picture, saying simply that there is no evidence to support such lurid conjecture. The reali story was probably a lot less fraught and dominated phataoh convenience and real politik.

There are some interesting parallels made between Hatshepsut and other prominent female leaders from history — Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I and Margaret Thatcher all also led successful military campaigns and took on some masculine qualities to better appeal to conservative populations. Cleopatra, on the other hand is rather dismissed as a Hatshepsut analogue, being a scion of a Greek dynasty rather than a native Egyptian.

Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh by Joyce A. Tyldesley

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