Child of the Morning

Child of the Morning

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Thirty-five centuries ago the sun had a daughter: Hatshepsut. Youngest daughter of the Pharaoh, she was a lithe and magical child. But when her older sister died, it became her duty to purify the dynasty's bloodline. She was to wed Thothmes, her father's illegitimate son, who was heir to the throne. But fearing his son's incompetence, Hatshepsut's father came to her with startling news. She was to be Pharaoh, ruler of the greatest empire the world had ever known--provided, of course, that the unprecedented ascension by a woman did not inspire the priests to treason or instill in her half-brother and future consort sufficient hatred to have her put to death.

This is the premise for Child of the Morning, based closely on the historical facts. Hatshepsut assumed the throne at the age of fifteen and ruled brilliantly for more than two decades. Her achievements were immortalized on the walls of her magnificent temple at Deir el-Bahri, built by her architect and lover, Senmut.

Sensuous and evocative, Child of the Morning is the story of one of history's most remarkable women.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 403 pages
  • 167 x 227 x 21mm | 558g
  • Chicago, United States
  • English
  • 1569763240
  • 9781569763247
  • 64,584

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Gedge sets her living, breathing Queen against a beautifully detailed Egypt that we see as it must have been so long ago. "Publishers Weekly""
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About Pauline Gedge

Pauline Gedge is the author of more than 10 novels, including The Eagle and the Raven, The Hippopotamus Marsh, and The Oasis. Michelle Moran is author of several books, including Cleopatra's Daughter, The Heretic Queen, and Nefertiti.
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This is one of the most beautiful stories of the Egyptian Queen Hapsetshut ever written as a fictional account of the the Queen that ruled as a man with a false beard. Gedge puts you right in the Royal court as an observer and she intrigues you with her knowledge of Egypt - I could not put this book down and have read it three more
by Kay Steward
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