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The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
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Dec 19, 2008

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Although not as lengthy as her debut novel, Nefertiti, this follow up about her supposed niece, Nefertari, is just as stunning in scope. Full of exquisite details about everyday Egyptian life, Ms. Moran weaves a tale of fact blended with fiction to bring alive another of Egypt's more famous queens. She was a fitting consort for one of the most famous of Egypt's pharaohs, Ramesses the Great (of biblical fame), and was his equal in many ways. In an era of mostly arranged marriages (and sometimes even familial marriages!) it was refreshing to read of their love and respect for one another. Ramesses outlived his love by several decades, becoming one of the longest reigning pharaohs in history. He lived well into his nineties, and his queen, beloved Nefertari, reigned at least 25 years at his side. The greatest monument to her is inscribed by Ramesses in her tomb at the Valley of the Queens..."My love is unique and none can rival her...Just by passing, she has stolen away my heart."
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