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Hatshepsut the Queen who would be Pharaoh
Flora Molski
Professor H. Stansbury
HUM111
Born into greatness, daughter of a king. Yet for all she had done so much of her life is still so unknown to us. How could this absolute ruler be all but erased from the annals of time? Was her Step son/nephew Thutmose III to blame? Did he have her killed after watching her usurp his thrown for over 20 years (Sayer, 2012)? Did he chose to further avenge himself by completely destroying any hope that she would enter the afterlife?
Hatshepsut’s legacy remained a mystery until 1904 when one of three sarcophagi she had made was discovered empty by Howard Carter in the 20th Tomb in The valley of the kings (KV20) (Brown, C. 2009). The search continued for who this Pharaoh was, how did she die, and why did she chose to progressively alter her image to male. The Religion of Egypt at the time would not support a women ruler. Not outside of the confines of a regency until the “rightful” king reached maturity (Brown, C. 2009). So if she intended to rule, she would need the support of the priests and through them the people. This transformation may seem drastic and unstable to modern eyes but to myself I see the most impactful and original political spin job in all of history. Hatshepsut was a millennia ahead of her time.
I will be brazen enough at lay at your feet my own theory, that her disappearance was not done to be malicious. But was done to protect her. Hatshepsut the only surviving child of her father Thutmose I and his queen Ahmose, she was forced to marry her half-brother (son of Thutmose I and a second wife) Thutmose II. Thutmose II died early in his reign, the royal couple only having a daughter who could not inherit the throne by virtue of her sex, The Crown would be passed to Thutmose III son to Thutmose II and a second wife. Since Thutmose III was still a child…...

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