Professional mourners ... king's "harem" (difficulty in translation) ... honorary priestesses ... assasination orignating in harems ...
Queen Tiy -> Nefertiti (married to Ankenaten) -> Tutankhamen -> Queen Ankhesanamen (see p207) History in (The Royal Harem)
(Female Kings) - good stuff on some of the lesser ones, most interested in Nefertiti's connection to the heretical pharoah and Hatchepsut, of course. Next books should give me something definite, but 18th Dynasty seems the way to go.Queen Tiy being Amenhotep IV mother. He marries Nefertiti, who gradually leaves the picture after her daughter's death, replaced by the "young prince" Sen...something. Author made brief allusion to questions regarding Ankenaten's sexuality, when discussing that there were none with Hatchepsut. Where did Nefertiti come from?
My Muse is working with this, and some of it is becoming clear. Nothing definite, just yet, and I don't want to conscribe it by limiting it on paper. But there's enough ambiguity in that royal line to keep me busy for awhile.
Hatchepsut -> Tiy -> Nefertiti -> Ankhesanamen? Quartet of ruling women, yes, but what's my love story?
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