Child of the Morning

Child of the Morning

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Based closely on historical events, this sensuously beautiful, astonishingly evocative novel tells the story of one of history's most remarkable women, the first female Pharaoh of Egypt. Thirty-five centuries ago, Hatshepsut, the youngest daughter of the Pharaoh, was to marry her father's illegitimate son and heir to the throne, Thothmes, in order to cleanse the bloodline in accordance with Egypt's supreme law. Fearing his son's incompetence, Hatshepsut's father chose her as the heir if the unprecedented ascension by a woman did not inspire the priests to commit treason or instill enough hatred in the envious heart of her half-brother and future consort to have her put to death. Rich in historical detail, this account recalls the rule of one of Egypt's greatest queens who, under her father's guidance, assumed the throne at the age of 15 and ruled brilliantly for more than two decades.
Publisher: [United States] : Chicago Review Press : Made available through hoopla, 2010
ISBN: 9781613746554
1613746555
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Good, though some of the information we know to be dated or outright wrong now. On the strength of the story itself, a solid read.

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annabisetia
Jan 09, 2015

I really did like this but I found it to be kind of hard to read. A lot of the things we have learned about Hatshepsut do not line up with this story such as how we now know that she died, and her relationship with her step son. This is an older book though so I do wonder what was known about Hatshepsut then vs now. I did like this book though and all Hatshepsut stories. Personally I like Daughter of the Gods better

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Eosos
Aug 17, 2014

I'm wondering if I've just been reading too much Egyptian historical fiction lately as I have not been all that enthralled by the last few.

My big issue with this story was the main character Hatshepsut. What a completely annoying person. She starts out as a entirely spoiled child and keeps that attitude and personality right until her death. I am pretty positive that a woman in her position would have needed more tact, charm and political astuteness to survive as long as she did as Pharaoh.

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GAD
Dec 19, 2008

This is the first book in Gedge's Egyptian chronicles, notwithstanding the publication date shown here. It is still one of her best.

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Jan 09, 2015

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The story of Queen Hatshepsut, the first and only female Pharaoh of Egypt.

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