I traveled to Egypt in December 2019 to do research for the Eye of Isis novels, a series set in Alexandria in the time of Cleopatra.
Cleopatra sat very still on her throne, her hands resting on its arms, her spine straight, her face without expression. Attach a ceremonial beard and she would look just like the cartouche of Hatshepsut on that worthy’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Another forward-thinking queen of Egypt, energetic, ambitious, a tremendous builder, a proponent of trade.
A woman determined to rule alone, against a tradition that had stood with very few exceptions for four thousand years. — Death of an Eye, 2018
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