Queen - or, as she would prefer to be remember, King - Hatchepsut was an astonishing woman. Brilliantly defying tradition, she became the female embodiment of a male role, dressing men's clothes and even wearing a false beard. Hatchepsut ruled over an age of peace, prosperity, and remarkable architectural achievement, but after her death there was a serious attempt to obliterate her name from Egyptian history by vandalising or destroying her monuments and portraits. Totally forgotten until Egyptologists deciphered hieroglyphs in the 1820s, she has since been subject to intense speculation about her actions and motivations. Combining archaeological and historical evidence from a wide range of sources, Joyce Tyldesley's dazzling piece of detection strips away the myths and misconceptions and finally restores the female pharaoh to her rightful place.
Joyce Tyldesley is Honorary Research fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University, and a freelance writer and lecturer on Egyptian archaeology. She has extensive excavation experience, has made regular radio broadcasts, and has acted as consultant on several television projects. Her previous books include Daughters of Isis, Hatchesput-The Female Pharaoh, Nefertiti- Egypt's Sun Queen, Ramesses- Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh, Judgement of the Pharaoh and Crime and Punishment in Ancient Egypt. Joyce lives in Lancashire and is married to the well-known Egyptologist Steven Snape. She has two children.