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Queen Hatshepsut was the first great woman in recorded history the forerunner of such figures as Cleopatra Catherine the Great and Elizabeth I Her rise to power went against all the conventions of her time She was the first wife and Queen of Thutmose II and on his death proclaimed herself Pharaoh denying the old kings son her nephew his inheritance To support her cause she claimed the God Amon-Ra spoke saying welcome my sweet daughter my favorite the king of Upper and Lower Egypt Maatkare Hatshepsut Thou art the King taking possession of the Two Lands 1 Hatshepsut daughter of Tuthmose I and Aahmes both of royal lineage was the favorite of their three children When her two brothers died she was in the unique position to gain the throne upon the death of her father To have a female pharaoh was unprecedented and probably most definitely unheard of as well When Tuthmose I passed away his son by the commoner Moutnofrit Tuthmose II technically ascended the throne For the few years of his reign however Hatshepsut seems to have held the reins From markings on his mummy archaeologists believe Tuthmose II had a skin disease and he died after ruling only three or four years Hatshepsut his half sister and wife had produced no offspring with him However he had sired a son through the commoner Isis This son Tuthmose III was in line for the throne but due to his age Hatshepsut was allowed to reign as queen dowager Hatshepsut was not one to sit back and wait for her nephew to age enough to take her place As a favorite daughter of a popular pharaoh and as a charismatic and beautiful lady in her own right she was able to command enough of a following to actually take control as pharaoh She ruled for almost 20 years and left behind more monuments and works of art than any Egyptian queen to
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