Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt: From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - setnahkt - LibraryThing
Part of a series of various “chronicles”, including (so far) Popes, Roman Emperors, Roman Republic, Old Testament Kings, Maya Kings and Queens, Pharaohs, Tsars, and Chinese Emperors. These are coffee ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
This book works both as a basic narrative history and as a reference work. The queens are discussed sequentially in paragraphs and chapters, depending on the amount of information available about them ... Read full review
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