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Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh by Joyce Tyldesley.
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DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 270 pages. Publisher: Viking Press; (1996). 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.
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REVIEW: Egypt's Queen; or as she would prefer to be remembered, King-Hatchepsut, ruled over an age of peace, prosperity, and remarkable architectural achievement (circa 1490 B.C.). Had she been born a man, her reign would almost certainly have been remembered for its stable government, successful trade missions, and the construction of one of the most beautiful structures in the world, the Deir el-Bahri temple at Luxor. After her death, however, her name and image were viciously attacked, her monuments destroyed or usurped, her place in history systematically obliterated. At last, in this dazzling work of archaeological and historical sleuthing, Joyce Tyldesley rescues this intriguing figure from more than two thousand years of oblivion and finally restores the female pharaoh to her rightful prominence as the first woman in recorded history to rule a nation.
Joyce Ann Tyldesley was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England. She gained a first-class honors degree in archaeology from Liverpool University in 1981, and a doctorate from Oxford University in 1986. She is now Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University. She is also a freelance writer and lecturer on Egyptian archaeology. Her books, which are published by Penguin, include "Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt", "Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh", "Nefertiti", and "Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh".
REVIEW: Pharaoh King Hatchepsut was an astonishing woman. Brilliantly defying tradition, she became the female embodiment of a male role, dressing in men's clothes and even wearing a false beard. Hatchepsut ruled over an age of peace, prosperity, and remarkable architectural achievement. However after her death there was a serious attempt to obliterate her name from Egyptian history by vandalizing or destroying her monuments and portraits. Totally forgotten until Egyptologists deciphered hieroglyphs in the 1820's, she has since been the subject of intense speculation about her actions and motivations. Combining archaeological and historical evidence from a wide range of courses, Joyce Tyldesley's dazzling piece of detection strips away the myths and misconceptions and finally restores the female pharaoh to her rightful place.
REVIEW: 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 was she 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. 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. Illustrated.
REVIEW: An absorbing scholarly biography, based on a meticulous review of the archaeological record, of a remarkable woman who ruled as pharaoh for 20 years in Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty (about 1490 B.C.). Although an important pharaoh whose rule was notable for internal order and other significant achievements, Hatchepsut has suffered, Tyldesley (Professor of Archaeology, Liverpool University) argues, from an unjust obscurity. An obscurity born mostly from her enemies' determined efforts to obliterate her memory and from a consequent paucity of archaeological evidence about her.
The daughter of Tuthmosis I and widowed by her half-brother and husband, Tuthmosis II, Hatchepsut became queen regent for the infant Tuthmosis III, whose mother was a member of the royal harem. As Tyldesley relates, Hatchepsut was a model regent at first. However in the seventh year of the reign she became pharaoh, assuming the title King of Egypt (there was no term for queen) and taking on the symbolic masculine aspects of her role, including the traditional false beard. Tyldesley contends that, contrary to a common interpretation, Hatchepsut's behavior was not that of an obsessed power-grabber, but of a typical pharaoh.
She allowed Tuthmosis III to obtain the traditional pharaonic military education, she ruled with him as co-regent, and her long rule was characterized by economic prosperity and extensive monument-building, the traditional preoccupations of New Kingdom monarchs. Tyldesley argues that evidence of military conquest during Hatchepsut's reign is slender and questionable, but asserts that there were solid achievements in the realms of trade and exploration. The author speculates on the relationship between the queen and Senenmut, one of several brilliant administrators who made her reign possible. Finally, Tyldesley concludes that Hatchepsut died a natural death (in contrast to arguments that Tuthmosis III orchestrated her death). Tyldesley works closely from surviving texts and fragmentary monuments to recreate vividly an outstanding woman of the ancient past.
REVIEW: Any powerful woman of the past is interesting to the present generation, and one who so literally illustrates a popular thesis (that in order to get the top job a woman has to assume the character of a man) is a gift to polemicists and iconographers alike, not to mention fanciers of sexually perverse imagery and psychoanalysts. Tyldesley, drily witty, cuts her way through the fallacies and prejudices of her predecessors. Her book "Hatchesput" is an absorbing scholarly biography, based on a meticulous review of the archaeological record, of a remarkable woman.
REVIEW: Investigates the life of female Pharaoh Hatchepsut, whose existence remained unknown up until the 1820s. The text combines archaeological and historical evidence in an attempt to create an accurate portrayal of the woman king who dressed in men's clothes and wore a false beard. Joyce Tyldesley has pieced together scanty archaeological data to provide a rounded, readable study of complex personality and to give her reign a broad, balanced historical assessment.
REVIEW: The forgotten pharaoh is remembered; brilliant, defiant, statesmanlike, and a woman. More remarkable than the better-known Nefertiti and Cleopatra, Queen (or King, as she preferred to be called) Hatchepsut ruled Egypt for more than 20 years early in its Eighteenth Dynasty (circa1490 B.C.). Flouting tradition, she 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. Illustrated with photos and 52 line drawings.
REVIEW: Joyce Tyldesley's "Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh", is more than a good introduction to the title figure from ancient Egyptian history. The book is, in a way, Hatshepsut's biography. However it is quite honest about the amount of evidence that survives today; very little, and therefore does not pretend that some sort of definitive and personal narrative of the Pharaoh's life is possible. Instead of giving a year-by-year account of Hatshepsut and her life, the book presents and examines its subject in terms of historiography.
Tyldesley discusses previous theories and extant evidence in a frank manner while offering her own interpretations, which tend to legitimize Hatshepsut's reign (and are sometimes quite compelling). Because there is so little evidence and the subject of Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled Egypt as a Pharaoh, is so easily entangled in people's own ideas about gender and power, all these interpretations--including Tydesley's--involve a degree of bias. This was particularly the case when scholars argued from silence, constructing their own ideas about Hatshepsut based on the logic of contemporary gender roles but in the absence of tangible facts.
To address such interpretations by previous scholars, Tyldesley has had to put forth arguments in this same vacuum. She recognizes that interpretation without corroborating evidence is fundamentally problematic, and, when it comes to such difficult topics, she makes a laudable effort to be honest about how just what is and is not firm fact, and to give previous scholars their due credit. Overall, then, the book does an excellent job of problematizing the study of Hatshepsut; of showing what we know, what we assume (and why), and what is still wholly mystery. Those who read this book even slightly critically should come away with a decently balanced view of Hatshepsut. At the same time as she displays a scholar's caution in weighing evidence and interpretation, Tyldesley writes a very readable book.
This is not a novel or highly-animated biography, but it does hold the reader's attention with lucid writing and a good structure. Even its historiographic analyses should be interesting to the non-specialist. They are not dry and technical, instead having an element of the excitement of a mystery. Tyldesley traces clues and leads us toward some possible answers without closing the topic. The book should be useful and interesting for students of the field as well as for the general public. I read the book for a graduate paper, but I intend to send it to a friend to read for fun!
REVIEW: I read this book for an essay for school, and I found that Tydesley was one of the few authors who attempted to prove that Hatchepsut (for it is a correct spelling of her name due to the difficulty in the transliteration of Egyptian Hieroglyphs, which could prefer 'shep' or 'chep' depending on your discipline) was in fact an accepted ruler of Egypt due to the evidence that survives her. This is a rare viewpoint as most of the other authors have rejected her as the woman who usurped the throne from her step-son Tutmosis III (who was only about four at the time he came to power!). A good read for an Egyptologist, or just someone who loves ancient civilizations and ancient personalities.
REVIEW: While some Egyptologists may disagree with this view of Hatchepsut, I find this book a great analytical look of evidence to create a woman who was neither evil, conniving, or power-hungry as the old view had her be. Tyldesley's writing was clear and easy to read, as well as being amusing at times. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn about Egyptian culture as well, since she does very well at creating the background context. I highly recommend this book for any scholar or armchair enthusiast of ancient Egypt.
REVIEW: Hatchepsut, a name erased from monuments despite her importance to Egyptian history. As this book explains through archaeological and historical evidence, she was a remarkable pharaoh (and queen!) having done much for the country. Her expeditions and her relations with the numerous Tuthmosis' are discussed in detail. A chapter is dedicated to Senenmut, an important figure in Hatchepsut's reign. Maps, black-and-white illustrations and photographs complete this useful book. Recommended for the interested reader.
REVIEW: I enjoyed this book thoroughly and read it at one sitting! It's quite a page turner. I found some of the author's conclusions to be rather quick given the spotty historical record of that time period, but there are plenty of citations and a lengthy bibliography for further reading.
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