Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt: From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra

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Thames & Hudson, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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The definitive book that recounts the full history of the colorful queens of Egypt.

This fascinating saga spans 3,000 years of Egyptian queenship from Early Dynastic times until the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC. Starting with the unique role enjoyed by Egypt's women in the ancient world, the book goes on to present a biographical portrait of every queen, supplemented by a wealth of pictorial detail, datafiles, genealogical trees, timelines, and special featuresfrom Childbirth to Wigshighlighting different aspects of Egyptian culture.

The queen of Egypt was, first and foremost, a supportive wife and mother, but in times of dynastic crisis she was expected to act as her husband's deputy. The queen might be required to marshal troops, or to rule on behalf of an infant son. She might even be called upon to rule in her own right in the absence of a suitable king. The female pharaohs Hatshepsut and Tawosret, the sun queens Tiy and Nefertiti, the seductive Nefertari and Cleopatra: many of Egypt's queens have left an indelible mark on their country's history.

And what of Egypt's lesser queens, the numerous wives and daughters maintained in pampered seclusion in the harem palaces? These women are generally forgotten, their graves lost in the desert sands. But the anonymous ladies occasionally stepped from the security of the harem to influence the royal succession, and their stories too are told. 273 illustrations, 150 in color.

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Review: Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt: From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra

User Review  - Lauralee - Goodreads

In Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt, Tyldesley's novel of the history of ancient Egypt is told from a different perspective, the queens of Egypt. The queens that have been shrouded in the background ... Read full review

Review: Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt: From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra

User Review  - Lauralee Jacks - Goodreads

In Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt, Tyldesley's novel of the history of ancient Egypt is told from a different perspective, the queens of Egypt. The queens that have been shrouded in the background ... Read full review

Contents

Queens of the Empire
87
DYNASTIES 2131 pages 172187
172
Special Features
178
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Joyce Tyldesley's books include Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt, Tales from Ancient Egypt and biographies of Hatshepsut and Nefertiti. She lives in England.

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