Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: The Woman Who Would Be King

It's time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme where each week we answer the question: What are you currently reading? This week, I'm reading an ARC of:

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
by Kara Cooney
About this book:
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 of 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 coregent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother Hatshepsut outmaneuvered for a seat on the throne. Hatshepsut was a master strategiest, 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 had 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.

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1 comment:

  1. This looks amazing!! I wish I had time to read it. I'm going to put it on my TBR list anyway ;)

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