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Author Dodson, Aidan, 1962-

Title Poisoned legacy : the decline and fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty / Aidan Dodson

Publ Info Cairo ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, 2010
 RWU Main Library  DT88 .D64 2010    AVAILABLE
 URI  DT88 D64 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xxvi, 196 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm
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Note "After the death of Rameses II, the Nineteenth Dynasty soon fell into decline and familial conflict, culminating in a final civil war that ended with the accession of a new dynasty. Sethy I and Rameses II's promotion of a concept of a wider 'royal family' may have sown the seeds for the conflict among their descendants. Aidan Dodson explores the mysteries of the origins of the usurper-king Amenmeses and the career of the 'king-maker' of the period, the chancellor Bay. Having helped to install at least one pharaoh on the throne, Bay's life was ended by his abrupt execution, ordered by the woman with whom he had shared the regency of Egypt for the young and disabled King Siptah. Finally, the author considers how that woman, Towosret, became the last true female pharaoh, and how she finally lost her throne to the founder of the Twentieth Dynasty, Sethnakhte."--Jacket
Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-185) and index
LC subject Egypt -- History -- Nineteenth dynasty, ca. 1320-1200 B.C
Pharaohs -- History
Kings and rulers -- Succession
Merneptah, King of Egypt
Tausert, Queen, consort of Seti II, King of Egypt, active approximately 1187 B.C.-1185 B.C
Alt Title Title on jacket: Poisoned legacy, the fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty
ISBN 9789774163951