Tausret: Forgotten Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt

Tausret: Forgotten Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt” by Richard H Wilkinson is due in March from Oxford University Press, and is about Tausret who “was the last pharaoh of the 19th dynasty (c. 1200 BCE), the last ruling descendent of Ramesses the Great, and one of only two female monarchs buried in Egypt’s renowned Valley of the Kings.” Not strictly speaking within the subject area of the site, but the recent posts about Hatshepset via Florence Farr‘s Egyptian Magic make this book about one of the other known female Egyptian rulers something of interest and this caught my eye.

“Though mentioned even in Homer as the pharaoh of Egypt who interacted with Helen at the time of the Trojan War, she has long remained a figure shrouded in mystery, hardly known even by many Egyptologists. Nevertheless, recent archaeological discoveries have illuminated Tausret’s importance, her accomplishments, and the extent of her influence. Tausret: Forgotten Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt combines distinguished scholars whose research and excavations have increased our understanding of the life and reign of this great woman. This lavishly illustrated book utilizes recent discoveries to correctly position Tausret alongside famous ruling queens such as Hatshepsut and Cleopatra, figures who have long dominated our view of the female monarchs of ancient Egypt. Tausret brings together archaeological, historical, women’s studies, and other approaches to provide a scholarly yet accessible volume that will be an important contribution to the literature of Egyptology — and one with appeal to both scholars and anyone with an interest in ancient Egypt culture.”