Child of the Morning
She ruled Egypt not as Queen but as Pharaoh 35 centuries ago. Yet her name - Hatshepsut - does not appear in dynastic rolls, nor is her reign celebrated on monuments. Prejudice against a female on the throne was so vehement that successors tried to erase all signs of her regime. Records and monuments were destroyed, the tombs of faithful ministers defiled. Similarly defaced were the commemorative walls of the vast and magnificent temple erected for her at Deir el-Bahri by the royal architect who was her lover. And yet she endured.