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Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt: From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra

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This fascinating saga spans 3,000 years of Egyptian queenship from Early Dynastic times until the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC. Starting with the unique role enjoyed by Egypt's women in the ancient world, the book goes on to present a biographical portrait of every queen, supplemented by a wealth of pictorial detail, datafiles, genealogical trees, timelines, and special f ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 30th 2006 by Thames Hudson
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Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this book in the bargain section so I didn’t have high expectations going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is essentially an encyclopedia, moving chronologically queen by queen, outlining what we know about her. Sometimes there is very little information or it has been muddled, but I thought the book did a good job pointing out what was fact and what was theory.
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient-egypt
Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt traces the lives and reigns of Ancient Egyptian queens from early dynastic times to the Ptolemaic period. It's important to stress right off the bat that this is a book written and designed for a general, rather than specialist, audience. That said, it is a Joyce Tyldesley book which means it's a high quality, reliable read regardless.

I really enjoyed reading a book dedicated to Ancient Egypt's royal women. Tyldesley is not alone in dedicating a book to this subj
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History Lovers
Recommended to Lauralee by: No one
In Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt, Tyldesley's novel of the history of ancient Egypt is told from a different perspective, the queens of Egypt. The queens that have been shrouded in the background and eclipsed for centuries by their more-powerful and more-famous husbands, the pharaohs of Egypt, now take center stage in this biography. Spanning for 3,000 years of Egypt's history, Tyldesley's novel gives an intriguing biography of each queen.

Among these amazing stories of these queens are the
Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egypt
Title of the German edition:
Die Königinnen des alten Ägypten

This book illuminates the political and religious role of the queens in ancient egypt. Not much is known about these royal women living the the shadow of their more famous husbands, the pharaohs. But queens were also very important for the balance of the maat and many of them held the fate of their country in their hands be it as regent for their underaged son or even as pharaoh like the famous Hatchepsut. Its a very interesting book wi
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Considering how little information we have from most of the queens, this is quite coherently compiled. An extended list that doesn't just throw queens one after another, but also offers a short and clear biography of each of those it's possible. Kind of sad really, that there might be an incredible amount of equally or even more intelligent consorts and harem wives than Cleopatra, but we just don't know that (yet?). We give more attention to the more famous kings and queens, because there's more ...more
Rick Rapp
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has magnificent illustrations and includes very clear timelines of the various dynasties. The challenge is keeping all the names straight (since so many pharaohs and queens shared the same names.) A worthwhile read.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lovely illustrated tale -- since so much is still conjecture & not known with validity -- of what little we know of Egypt's Dynastic Queens.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good resource on the queens; unique. Wish there was an updated version with the new DNA questions available.
Katie Tillwick
A non-fiction chronicle of the queens of Egypt. Lots of gorgeous pictures, interesting daily life details, and plenty of educational entertainment by a great writer on the subject.
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Excellent collection of well-organized information about the Egyptian queens. Contains lots of picture with detailed explanation.
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Joyce Tyldesley is a British archaeologist and Egyptologist, academic, writer and broadcaster.

Tyldesley was born in Bolton, Lancashire and attended Bolton School. In 1981, she earned a first-class honours degree in archaeology from Liverpool University, and a doctorate in Prehistoric Archaeology from Oxford in 1986. She is a Teaching Fellow at Manchester University where she is tutor and course or
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