Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt : from Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra, Hardback

Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt : from Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra Hardback

Part of the Chronicles series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This new volume in the bestselling Chronicle series is the first book to recount the full history of queenship in ancient Egypt, revealing the essential role played by women in the royal household.

A highly readable and authoritative account, it is ideal for home, university or school reference.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, 273 illustrations, 173 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: African history
  • ISBN: 9780500051450



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This book works both as a basic narrative history and as a reference work. The queens are discussed sequentially in paragraphs and chapters, depending on the amount of information available about them. Tyldesley is quite open about the paucity of information and different interpretations of the facts, so the reader is enlightened without being left with a false sense of certainty. I did find the explanation of the Saite dynasty a little too brief; I had supposed it to be some invading force, but it turned out to be a native dynasty. In addition, the book becomes a valuable reference work with the names of the Queens in hieroglyphics, a time line;, lists of royal couple for each dynasty; an overall chronology of dynasties and royal couples; a standardized box of information on each queen; a bibliography and index. The one thing that I did not find helpful was the genealogical tables, where it was often difficult to separate out the generations. Sometime bent lines appeared to join siblings, and other times to refer to children of a king from a mother other than the listed queens.In all, a good basic trip through Egyptian history with great value as a continuing reference work.

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