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

Kara Cooney

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 and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty-was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular reign as co-regent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother Hatshepsut out-maneuvered for a seat on the throne. Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays in the veil of piety and sexual reinvention. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut shrewdly operated the levers of power to emerge as Egypt's second female pharaoh. Hatshepsut 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. Scholars have long speculated as to why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her unprecedented rule. 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. From the Hardcover edition.

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 and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty-was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular reign as co-regent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother Hatshepsut out-maneuvered for a seat on the throne. Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays in the veil of piety and sexual reinvention. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut shrewdly operated the levers of power to emerge as Egypt's second female pharaoh. Hatshepsut 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. Scholars have long speculated as to why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her unprecedented rule. 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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 and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty-was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular reign as co-regent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother Hatshepsut out-maneuvered for a seat on the throne. Hatshepsut was a master strategist, cloaking her political power plays in the veil of piety and sexual reinvention. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut shrewdly operated the levers of power to emerge as Egypt's second female pharaoh. Hatshepsut 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. Scholars have long speculated as to why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her unprecedented rule. 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 23m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:42


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:41


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:23


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:56


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:23


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:34


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:53


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:54


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:57


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:45


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:57


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:57


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:32


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:06


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:10


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:08


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:52


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:39


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:18


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:06


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:43


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:34


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

00:30