Hatshepsut: The Princess Who Became King

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She was the Egyptian girl who became a master politician and a supreme stateswoman. Inheriting her father's throne along with her young stepson, Hatshepsut was soon crowned pharaoh in her own right. This is the startling tale of a woman's rise to power within the patriarchal society of ancient Egypt: Hatshepsut was shrewdly conveyed as a masculine ruler in all public statues and artwork, and donned male dress and a false beard in person. She ruled Egypt for decades, claiming her...
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She was the Egyptian girl who became a master politician and a supreme stateswoman. Inheriting her father's throne along with her young stepson, Hatshepsut was soon crowned pharaoh in her own right. This is the startling tale of a woman's rise to power within the patriarchal society of ancient Egypt: Hatshepsut was shrewdly conveyed as a masculine ruler in all public statues and artwork, and donned male dress and a false beard in person. She ruled Egypt for decades, claiming her rightful place in the history of this great civilization.

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Gr 5-7-These handsomely designed books present the lives and accomplishments of powerful leaders of the ancient world. Each one begins with a description of the world in which these figures lived. Family life, education, and early experiences are summarized briefly-much of it surmised from historical records. Both volumes are illustrated with maps and many color photographs of art and sculpture that give substance to eras long past. A simple time line runs along the bottom of each page. Small, informative sidebars decorate most pages while several illustrated boxes add substance. Adams does not downplay Alexander's brutality or all-consuming ambition and includes examples of both. Peter Chrisp's Alexander the Great (DK, 2000) is a heavily illustrated work that reveals more details of the techniques Alexander employed in planning campaigns and battle strategy. Hatshepsut brought one unique quality to the office-her gender. This female who declared herself king ruled one of the most powerful nations in the world for over 20 years. The few facts known about her life and reign are woven into Galford's interesting account. Catherine M. Andronik's Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself (S & S, 2001) offers more colorful illustrations and pronunciation guides. As in Miriam Greenblatt's Hatshepsut and Ancient Egypt (Benchmark, 1999), general details of the everyday lives of Egyptians, particularly royalty, are used to complete the picture. Libraries owning either of those titles can rely on them to provide basic information. Others will Galford's biography useful.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Illustrated with clear, color photos of artifacts and sites as well as colorful maps...this provides an accessible introduction to Hatshepsut and her times." —Booklist
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