Child of the Morning

Child of the Morning❮Download❯ ➺ Child of the Morning ✤ Author Pauline Gedge – Heartforum.co.uk She ruled Egypt not as ueen but as Pharaoh thirty five centuries ago Yet her name Hatshepsut does not appear in dynastic scrolls nor is her reign celebrated on monuments This is the story of the young She ruled Egypt not as ueen but as Pharaoh thirty five centuries ago Yet her name Hatshepsut does not appear in dynastic scrolls nor is her reign celebrated on monuments This is the story of the young woman who assumed the throne of Egypt mastered the arts of war and government lived her life by her own design and ruled an empire the only woman Pharaoh in history.

I was born in Auckland New Zealand on December the first of three girls Six years later my family emigrated to England where my father an ex policeman wanted to study for the Anglican ministry We lived in an ancient and very dilapidated cottage in the heart of the English Buckinghamshire woodland and later in a small village in Oxfordshire called Great Haseley I grew up surrounde.

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  • Paperback
  • 403 pages
  • Child of the Morning
  • Pauline Gedge
  • English
  • 05 November 2016
  • 9780939149858

10 thoughts on “Child of the Morning

  1. Iset says:

    I first read this book many years ago and it was one of the first books I reviewed on Goodreads I therefore felt it was time for a re read and a new review Child of the Morning is Pauline Gedge’s debut novel written way back in 1977 If you’re familiar with her later works such as the Lords of the Two Lands trilogy published in 1998 or the King’s Man trilogy published in 2007 you will probably notice a difference here There is a definite sense of lack of polish compared to the books she wrote after this one And it isn’t that her signature creative flair and linguistic mastery is missing – it shines through here strong as ever If I had to put the lack of polish down to a root cause it would be the magnitude of the book’s subject Hatshepsut Gedge has written truly excellent standalone novels in her time but in this case Hatshepsut really does seem like too big of a subject to take on in one book because the pacing is a little off here We get too many significant time skips for my liking leaping ahead by several years in certain places Gedge covers it very well through her lavish descriptions which set the scene and bring us up to speed without feeling too rushed but nevertheless I think the story probably could have been improved if Hatshepsut’s story had been extended over bookspagesOne thing that is necessary in order to properly review this book and yet something which does not affect its final score at all is its historical accuracy Regular readers may be puzzled since I usually factor in historical accuracy But the fact of the matter is in the fifty years since Child of the Morning was published our knowledge about Hatshepsut has come on a great deal and I can hardly penalise an author for historical inaccuracy when new discoveries are made after their book released Nevertheless it’s worth noting what Egyptologists have overturned for the reader curious about how well Gedge’s book matches up The biggest change is that we now know that Djehutymes III didn’t try to erase Hatshepsut from history until near the end of his 32 year solo reign and that Hatshepsut probably died of natural causes rather than being murdered The implication is that aunt and nephew did not have a combative relationship as previously thought but that Hatshepsut’s erasure was an impersonal decision either related to the Egyptian concept of ma’at or an attempt to secure the throne of a line of kings repeatedly born from concubines over the past three generations Another caveat is that Gedge relies on the overturned Heiress Theory to explain some of the character dynamics between Hatshepsut and her brother husband Djehutymes II and Hatshepsut’s daughters with Djehutymes III This was the hypothesis that although ancient Egypt had male monarchs the right to rule was carried in the female line and thus pharaohs had to marry their sister in order to take the throne Donald Redford debunked this in the 1980s although it clings like a miasma to the general public’s imaginationWhat’s particularly interesting about this book is that even though it engages in some well worn Hatshepsut story devices partly due to outdated research which can’t be helped it rarely feels tropey Child of the Morning has Hatshepsut and her nephew at odds and Senmut as her lover and goodness knows I’ve read plenty of Hatshepsut novels with those clichés that just came across as low effort and hammy Why doesn’t this book? It’s because even though it uses the same base authorial choice Gedge keeps it fresh by adding human depth or by twisting the trope on its head Even as Hatshepsut and Djehutymes III are hostile to one another it is an undercurrent beneath a freuently cordial relationship one where mutual admiration exists Hatshepsut is not the evil stepmother greedily stealing her nephew’s throne but merely has the confidence to claim what is hers while wistfully wishing that Djehutymes III had been born her son and heir and refusing to let him topple her ahead of due time I’ve criticised the romance between Hatshepsut and Senmut in Libbie Hawker’s Sovereign of Stars not so much because it is a cliché but because it layers the clichés by having them fall in love at first sight as teenagers and makes Neferure the product of the affair The romance between Hatshepsut and Senmut in Child of the Morning is well formed; it does not happen at first sight and even when attraction kicks in later it isn’t consummated for many many years with both characters adhering to the sensibilities of their roles and other relationships until they are older and freer In other places the book outright bucks the tropes Neferu bity doesn’t die because she is fragile but because view spoilershe is poisoned hide spoiler

  2. Gabrielle says:

    2 and half starsI have a thing for bad ass women of history You know the ones that totally didn't do what conventional women of their day and age did and proceeded to kicked some serious ass So obviously the first time I heard about Hatshepsut in history class I fell in love The second female pharaoh of Egypt she had an amazing reign during which her country flourished in peace and prosperity she built stunning monuments and some historians go as far as calling her the first great woman of history So a novel about her life easily piued my interestAs second daughter of the Pharaoh Hatshepsut grows up to be educated and privileged but not burdened with responsibilities But the course of her destiny changes abruptly after her sister's death when her father understands that his son does not have the strength or intelligence to follow in his footsteps and he must ensure that the next ruler of Egypt is not a spoiled and easily influenced child Gedge also tells us the story of Senmut the young peasant we'eb priest who dreams of building temples and monuments and how he comes to cross Hatshepsut's path and one day becomes her stewartWe now know Pauline Gedge's book is not very historically accurate but she was working from data available in the 70's a lot of new discoveries have changes some of the things we thought we knew about Hatshepsut since especially her relations with nephew Thothmese III but she was doing the best she could with the information she had and I can't hold new science against her She really put the emphasis on the simple idea that Hatshepsut could not understand why women were not allowed to do the same things men can as she was convinced that they were just as capable in every way Obviously that must have ruffled a fair amount of feathers and hatched numerous plots and power struggles as well as attempts to discredit herThis is a lot of interesting material to work with but I found the book to be a little on the dull side The writing is good and she makes fully realized characters out of the historical figures she weaves into her tale but I never got the feeling of really being transported I didn't feel captivated by the world she created It seemed to lack a certain vividness that would have really hooked me I know it might seem silly to accuse historical fiction of being predictable we kinda know how this ends after all but the intrigue and romantic entanglements felt a bit clichéd And then endless conflicts between Hatshepsut and Thothmes III got repetitive and sillyNot a bad book but I was glad to turn the last page and move on to another one

  3. Kavita says:

    I have a thing about Hatshepsut She was the first 'great woman' of known history and that's a freaking big deal Moreover her reign was peaceful prosperous and well administered Her greatest achievements include building of monuments many of which still stand Unfortunately later pharaohs possibly Thutmose III or Amenhotep I have tried to detract from her achievements And failed as far as I am concerned Being a pharaoh for a woman thousands of years ago is in itself a big achievement that still so many countries around the world are unable to achieve In light of my intense admiration for Hatshepsut I found Gedge's depiction of her rather offensive Gedge's Hatshepsut is rather dumb Vain and arrogant she may be That's acceptable and possibly even expected But Hatshepsut makes stupid decisions one after the other from handing over her army to someone she 'knows' is going to bring her down to never taking any action against Thutmose III If Hatshepsut 'knows' that he is going to arrange a coup why would she do nothing to prevent it? Hatshepsut's constant war of words with Thutmose was tiresome and cringe inducing What kind of pharaoh listens to open threats and doesn't do anything? In view of her 'niceness' or dumbness if you prefer Hatshepsut's constant repetitions about how she is Egypt and God and blah blah is rather sadly hilarious Gedge could not have created a sad sounding pharaoh if she had tried A criminal endeavour if you ask me The other characters were mildly interesting than Hatshepsut I found Senmut's character arc the most intriguing but he too lost his appeal by the middle of the book For some reason Gedge delights in making ancient Egypt depressing I have read a few books now by this author and she invariably ends up bringing in depressive characters weeping and moaning about their fate about which they already 'know' Gedge's habit of her characters knowing the future is tiresome and takes away from any depth that the story might otherwise have There is no historical evidence that Hatshepsut roamed about being depressed all over the place so there was absolutely no need for the author to make this decision On the other hand Gedge's research is pretty detailed and ancient Egypt really comes to life The bringing of myrrh trees from Punt and the broken obelisk are wonderful examples of inserting interesting historical titbits into the narrative I enjoyed these inputs and it was interesting to feel how Egyptians lived In the end Hatshepsut probably definitely faced discrimination but having established herself as a successful ruler for a couple of decades I don't really see her as someone who would simply give in and not take steps to protect herself No woman ruler then or now can afford to be so complacent

  4. Aaronlisa says:

    I have read this book times than I can remember starting when I was about sixteen and still in high school Child of the Morning is probably one of the very first books that I can remember that actually moved me emotionally It's powerful in it's imagery and emotions To oute Penguin Canada's website A chronicle of passionate intrigue and sensuous exoticism Child of the Morning resurrects the life of the awesome Hatshepsut the only woman pharaoh of ancient Egypt whose name was erased from history by her enemies outraged at having to bow to a woman's command It's now known today that Hatshepsut was not the only woman who would rule Egypt nor was she the first However unlike other women in ancient Egypt's past she is the only female Pharaoh who had such a lengthy rule she has been assigned a reign of twenty one years and nine monthsThe novel itself weaves fact and fiction to create a powerful tale about Hatshepsut and her reign Gedge brings to life not only Hatshepsut but the three Thothmesids that would have a great affect on Hatshepsut's political career along with her nobles including Senemut Although current historical evidence has come to light since Gedge's first novel was originally published the tale that she was created is still worth reading

  5. Lauren Stoolfire says:

    I've always been interested in Ancient Egypt but unfortunately Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge just didn't hold my attention uite as much as I was hoping for I mean it's not a bad read but I was expecting of it

  6. Amy says:

    Horizons and Cultural Tag Child of the Morning chronicles the life of Hatshepsut female Pharaoh and ueen as she rises in Egyptian rule to power There is lots of early Egypt culture and rites as well as mysticism and folklore and Hatshepsut is the eventual grandmother to Amunothep Our heroine was certainly a badass and a remarkable woman in historical fiction No doubt ahead of her timeWhen I first put Child of the Morning on my TBR I mistakenly thought it was a novel about Potiphar's wife I had seen a similar novel on that theme and was excited about it So I was surprised to discover this wasn't it and even weirder I can't seem to find a historical fiction novel featuring Potiphar's wife Maybe I am meant to write one lol Did I like it? In places At points it held my attention At other points I wavered I was sort of happy to be done with it and as I am always saying I have become discerning of my TBR and am trying to read the existing books So I was happy to finish it in than one way I do have two Egypt books to enjoy this month that I suspect I might even enjoy a bit

  7. Lisa Maxwell says:

    As a fan of Michelle Moran and a devotee of historical fiction I expected to love this book Wholeheartedly Unabashedly But several pages in I found myself struggling not only to like it but to pick it up again once I had put it down Uh oh With a book that spans than 400 pages that reluctance is a bad omen indeedWhile Ms Gedge provides a scenic background that very nearly transports one to ancient Egypt and colors her characters with a revealing delicate fine brush I'm sorry to say that I just could not sympathize empathize or particularly care one whit about them Siblings die parents die lovers are joined and parted; thrones are usurped wars are fought this Child has plenty of drama and a plethora of plot lines all of which elicited yawns from me because the heroine Hatshepsut was in my opinion completely unlikable Vain hot tempered power hungry and afflicted with a wicked case of penis envy Sorry but true She stomps around in men's clothing chucking spears and wearing a Pharaoh's fake beard one moment and would have us believe she's the most beautiful woman in the world the next Really? She is in turns generous and abusive sensual and androgynous disgusted by her brother and then in bed with him Sorry again but trueBut if you don't mind reading 400 plus pages of the antics of a bipolar cross dressing incest practicing Crown Prince Princess then you'll enjoy this one Unfortunately it jumped too many barriers for me; and reading it was like slogging through the Nile with a 100 lb backpack while wearing cement galoshes in my never to be humble opinion Apologies to Ms Gedge but I would like my reading time refunded pleaseBlech

  8. The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears says:

    Forget the reissued Gaia Press cover check out the original by artists Leo and Diane Dillon That's the edition that I fell madly in love with and almost caused me to commit larceny of my public library LOL Needless to say Gedge hit all my happy buttons big timeSince this book was first published Egyptology has learned a little about Hatshepset but it was interesting when re reading this at how much of the story Ms Gedge actually managed to deduce and get right There are several other retellings of her story but most tend to characterize Hatshepset as some power hungry aunt who stole the crown Child of the Morning depicts Hatshepset who was groomed from birth by her father to not just be a pretty figurehead but to assert ueenship in her own right In a way she was a precursor to Eleanor of Auitaine

  9. Jacob says:

    An interesting look at the culture and politics of ancient Egypt a setting I'm none too familiar with This is historical fiction an imgagining of how the only female Pharaoh in history might have come to power and how it may have ended with any markers of her passing obliterated by those who would rather not have remembered itGedge's characters are compelling multifaceted characters and much as the reader might like a surprise that turns the tables they are subject to the forces of tradition and the realities of their situation Who knows what really happened but what's here is powerful I particularly liked the relationship between Hatshepsut and Senmut especially without it becoming a romance novel

  10. Carina says:

    I will be honest I cried at the end Yes I did That's how much I loved this book I loved how the main character was strong and did not back down from the challenge society set upon her how she interacted in the politics view spoilerand I liked her romance with Senmut hide spoiler

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