The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

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Crown, 14 okt. 2014 - 320 pagina's

An engrossing biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt and the story of her audacious rise to power.

Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne—was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir, however, paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut out-maneuvered the mother of Thutmose III, the infant king, for a seat on the throne, and ascended to the rank of pharaoh.

Shrewdly operating the levers of power to emerge as Egypt's second female pharaoh, Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays in the veil of piety and sexual reinvention. She successfully negotiated a path from the royal nursery to the very pinnacle of authority, and her reign saw one of Ancient Egypt’s most prolific building periods.

Constructing a rich narrative history using the artifacts that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power—and why she fell from public favor just as quickly. The Woman Who Would Be King traces the unconventional life of an almost-forgotten pharaoh and explores our complicated reactions to women in power.

 

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Gebruikersrecensie  - jobinsonlis - LibraryThing

The words probably, presumably, and perhaps pop up way too often in this biography of Hatshepsut, the most successful female king in ancient Egypt. There are few concrete facts about her, due to a ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - bell7 - LibraryThing

Not much is known about Hatshepsut and her rise to power, becoming regent and then king of Egypt after her husband (and brother) Thutmose II's death. Using extensive research and her knowledge as an ... Volledige review lezen

Inhoudsopgave

TWO A Place of Her Own
51
FOUR Regent for a Baby King
74
FIVE The Climb Toward Kingship
99
SIX Keeping the Kingship
127
SEVEN The King Becomes a Man
151
EIGHT The Setting Sun
172
Long Live
211
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
233
FURTHER READING
279
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Over de auteur (2014)

KARA COONEY is an associate professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. In 2005, she was co-curator of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cooney produced a comparative archaeology series entitled Out of Egypt, which aired on the Discovery Channel and is streaming on Netflix.

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