Child Of The Morning

Mass Market Paperback | November 28, 1998

byPauline Gedge

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Originally published in l977, this first novel by Pauline Gedge has become an international bestseller and has been translated into 5 foreign languages. 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.

Authentic in all of its detail and rich in powerful imagery, Child of the Morning "combines ancient artifacts, timeless psychology, and sure pacing"(The Globe and Mail), to portray the majesty of its vanished world. Its artistry transcends the boundaries of historical fiction to create a novel of the first order.

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Originally published in 1977, Pauline Gedge’s best-selling debut novel chronicles the life of Hatshepsut, the only female pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Based on actual historical artifacts, Child of the Morning presents a rich and authentic portrait of life in ancient Thebes. It is a story of passion, intrigue and sensuality and of a power...

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Originally published in l977, this first novel by Pauline Gedge has become an international bestseller and has been translated into 5 foreign languages. 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 e...

PAULINE GEDGE is the award-winning and bestselling author of thirteen previous novels, ten of which are inspired by Egyptian history. Her first, Child of the Morning, won the Alberta Search-for-a-New-Novelist Competition. In France, her second novel, The Eagle and the Raven, received the Jean Boujassy award from the Société des Gens de...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7 × 4.3 × 1.2 inPublished:November 28, 1998Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014027815X

ISBN - 13:9780140278156

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pen is mightier than the sword My first introduction to Pauline Gedge was almost 30 years ago when I borrowed Eagle and the Raven from a friend's father's library - couldn't afford to buy too many books on a student budget! The name stuck with me. Now that my budget situation has improved slightly, I've had the joy of rediscovering her work. What a beautiful author. She has the power to pull you in to the book as if you were there, witnessing history being made. Child of Morning, just like all of her other books, is a powerful and gripping book. A must read. On my journey of rediscovering Ms. Gedge's work I also found out that she is Canadian. Being a recent immigrant to this beautiful country, I was disappointed to note that almost all the bookstores I visited carried very little of her work, if at all. That's a shame.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Classic I first read Pauline Gedge when I was in high school about ten years ago. I found this book (same cover ironically..) on the shelves and picked it up. I loved it from the first page, and devoured it within a few days. I became a fan of her work with this book, and have read several other novels of hers since. I however have not picked up Child of the Morning until now, ten years later. This is only my second reading, ten years apart, but I remember this book like it was only last week I read it. I loved it then and I love it now. Pauline Gedge has such a way with words. She's able to draw you in to the ancient, mystical, ageless power that is Egypt during the time of the Pharaohs, pyramids and gods. The main character often refers to the land of Egypt as a glittering green, blue and brown jewel. I have never seen Egypt with my own eyes before, but when seen through the eyes of the characters, I have to agree whole heartedly. Child of the Morning is the story of the rise of one of the few female Pharaohs in Egypt's history, Hatshepsut, her rise and struggle to claim and keep her birthright, as well as the loss of her crown to her step son Thothmes the Third. There is everything that one could want in a great story. A strong, young woman quaffing at the cup of life, living full loud and proud as she ruthlessly and gaily fights for her birthright. She fights for her country, suffers the deaths of those she loves, builds an empire of peace and prosperity, before bowing to the sands of time when her step son takes her throne, and her crown and makes war. A book that you can pick up years later and still love, anyone who picks up Child of the Morning will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spectacular! What an amazing novel! It follows the story of one of the most incredible women the world has ever seen, the only female Pharaoh in history. She had to learn to live and rule in a male-dominated world where she was in constant danger from many sides. She had a dedicated group of administrators and she made Egypt the most powerful and peaceful kingdom ever found in world history. This book was very well researched and you get a really good look at the kind of woman she was, her family, her accomplishments as Pharaoh and a detailed look at what ancient Egypt was really like. A wonderful read and a definite keeper. One of my favourite books! 11 out of 10!!
Date published: 2006-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hatshepsut lives! A beautiful, vividly detailed rendering of the life of the female Pharoah, Hatshepsut. The author weaves a wonderful story, while remaining archaelogically accurate. These historical figures all come to life under Ms. Gedge's pen.
Date published: 2001-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Gedge's best work. She beautifully brings to life one of the most obscure yet powerful women of the ancient world. Hatshepsut is revealed to us in truly human terms. Gedge effortlessly combines historical events and timeless psychology to bring us a realistic and believable portrait of Hatshepsut's character and political reign. We are compelled to empathize completely with her and we are given a true understanding of the context in which Hatshepsut lived. Whether or not the book is historically accurate does not matter. It is the story and the character we fall in love with. I have read this book multiple times and would gladly read it again.
Date published: 2000-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional! This book is a true masterpiece! Pauline Gedge shows the reader a look into the life of one of the most influential women in all of time. She brings to life the joys and sorrows of ancient Egypt and delves into the life and times of the only woman Pharoh in Egypt's long history. This Pharoh/Queen kept peace in her land for over 20 years and Egypt prospered under her rule. Definately a keeper!!
Date published: 2000-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Child of the Morning A wonderful read. Gedge recounts the story of Hatshepsut, the famous 18th dynasty queen who made herself Pharaoh of Egypt. The novel starts when Hatshepsut is a young girl, chronicling her rise to power and the struggle she faced to keep her throne. Mixed in with the political intrigue is the story of Hatshepsut's love for her chief architect and right hand man, Senmut. Gedge is by far the best writer of historical fiction set in Ancient Egypt, and her novels are on par with those of Colleen McCullogh and Margaret George.
Date published: 1999-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Child of the Morning Child of the Morning was Pauline Gedge's first book and certainly an original gem. It reminded me a bit of House of Dreams because Hatsheput is a strong, young female lead like Thu. If you liked one, you'll like the other. I can see why the author won a prize for this book as it is very well written and it takes you back in time to ancient Egypt with vivid descriptions and believable characters. The fact that Hatsheput did exist only makes the book more interesting and a good history lesson at that. Worth being read.
Date published: 1999-08-30

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Originally published in 1977, Pauline Gedge’s best-selling debut novel chronicles the life of Hatshepsut, the only female pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Based on actual historical artifacts, Child of the Morning presents a rich and authentic portrait of life in ancient Thebes. It is a story of passion, intrigue and sensuality and of a powerful, but very human queen.