She Who Was King
Amid the glory and splendor of the Nile, Hatshepsut proclaimed herself Pharaoh, ruling over Upper and Lower Egypt.Challenged by intrigue and violence, by power-hungry harem women and clever, scheming priests, Hatshepsut ruled with wisdom, courage, and an indomitable spirit equal to any man’s.
But the tender depths of her woman’s soul belonged to one man, a man she could never marry, a man with whom she could only share sweet stolen nights that haunted all her days. . .
I loved the idea of a woman who proclaimed herself Pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt. She may have allowed sculptors to carve a beard on her chin to mark her authority on some of her statues, but there are clues she loved deeply and passionately. There had to have been plots against her. People in power always have enemies. And she was the most powerful person in the known world, man or woman. Hatshepsut was an historical figure whose death was a mystery for 3,500 years. That was when the body of this woman king was finally discovered.