Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Madness: The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney

Monday Madness is a bookish meme hosted by Bookfever & Booklover's Teaparty

You know that feeling when you feel like you are gonna go mad if you do not get a certain book right away, when you are obsessed and all you want is that one book and you will be happy? That is what Monday Madness is about. All those books you that drive you mad.

Pick a book. Talk about it- why do you want it? What has drawn you to it? Why is it making you mad with want for it.

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney
Published October 14th 2014 by Crown Publishing

An engrossing biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt and the story of her audacious rise to power in a man’s world.

Hatshepsut, the daughter of a general who took Egypt's throne without status as a king’s son and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty, was born into a privileged position of the royal household. Married to her brother, 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 inconceivable rule as a cross-dressing king. At just twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of king in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular twenty-two year 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 with the veil of piety and sexual expression. Just as women today face obstacles from a society that equates authority with masculinity, Hatshepsut had to shrewdly operate the levers of a patriarchal system 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 images were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her 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.

This is a biography about Hatshepsut, longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. And I want it so badly! I'd love to get a hardcopy of this book because I'm sure this would be such an amazing read. 

And as always don't forget to check out Christina's post! ♥


  1. Hardbacks are good for books to read over and over again ^^

  2. This would be an interesting book! I love the cover, too.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  3. I read it last year and loved it! Hope you can get your hands on a hard copy :)

  4. Oh my goodness, I still remember when 6th grade me was absolutely OBSESSED with Hatshepsut! This one sounds like a good read. I actually might consider checking it out, even though I don’t actually read biographies, because I’ve got SO MUCH love for this queen. Great pick and hope you get to read this one soon (and get a beautiful hardcover, haha!).

    1. Oh good, so I'm not the only one who's obsessed! Haha :D

  5. That cover looks great. Guess I put that on my wishlist since I´m a fan of books about Egypt. I read quite a few books by Christian Jacq.

    Best wishes
    Vi @ Gone With The Books


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