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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: Blood lines Reply with quote

It has occured to me that the way the male pharoahs always wed into the blood line through the daughters of the reigning pharoah is very similar to the African tradition of the blood line always running through the female (lot easier to tell who the mother was than who the dad was) in tribal practice. Does this make sense to anyone?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That may be where the concept came from for those kings who married female relatives.

There are plenty of examples where the King didn't marry any female relative, or where the Queen with the most influence was not a relative to the King.

Ankhesenpepi I and II - wives of Pepi I and mothers of his heirs - were not related to the King.

Satiah and Merytre-Hatshepsut were not sisters of Tuthmosis III. Merytre-Hatshepsut was the most influential lady at court and her influence extended all the way into the reign of her son Amenhotep II.

Tiye was not related to Amenhotep III unless the theory that her father Yuya was a brother of Queen Mutemwia, the previous Queen is true.

Ramses I was not married to his sister, neither was Sety I.
Ramses II was married to one sister - if the theory that Henutmire was a sister is correct - but she was not very important. The influential roles were played by Nefertari and to a lesser extent Isetnofret.

I find it rather interesting that some of the kings married their sister and then these sisters didn't play much of a role. (Neferure sister/wife of Tuthmosis III, Iaret sister/wife of Tuthmosis IV, Henutmire sister/wife of Ramses II).

There are also old kingdom Kings who married their daughters to high officials. Seems kind of odd if their bloodline was so important.

I have always wondered if the marriage to sisters was a way to keep the size of the royal family down Very Happy

It seems that the position of Great Royal Wife was important in AE. Their sons seem to have have been more likely to inherit the throne. It may be that a royal daughter was in a position to get close to the king and move herself into such a position of power. She would have access to her brother, and possibly other officials to support her bid for this form of power. It seems that Great King's Wives and especially the King's Mother was a position at court worth aiming for.
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