Long before Pharaoh Nefertiti and Queen Cleopatra VII took power in ancient Egypt, there was a successful female ruler by the name of Hatshepsut who defied the usual tradition of having a male heir.
In Kara Cooney’s The Woman Who Would Be King, she details Hatshepsut’s rise to power. She was married to her brother Thutmose but failed to produce a male heir. He died young and she out-maneuvered her brother’s second wife for a place on the throne, which led to Hatshepsut being named co-regent for her nephew Thutmose III. Instead of regurgitating dry facts about the female Pharaoh’s life, Cooney weaves a fascinating tale that explores how Hatshepsut faced similar obstacles to today’s modern women.
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Stephanie Thornton’s fascinating novel Daughter of the Gods brings to life one of the world’s most famous and capable rulers: Queen Hatshepsut, who was one of Egypt’s first female Pharaohs.
Readers are first introduced to the lively, intelligent, and strong-willed Hatshepsut as she struggles with feeling guilty that her archery games led to the death of her elder sister Neferubity in a gruesome accident. Thanks to that one twist of fate, she’s forced into a loveless marriage with her half-brother Thutmose and is expected to bear him a son and heir. However, the joke is on Hatshepsut when her half-brother’s second wife Aset gives birth to the heir instead and the Queen finds herself falling in love with her advisor, Senenmut. However, everything changes when Thutmose dies and Hatshepsut must assume the throne as regent to her two-year-old nephew.
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