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Pride is the 7th Deadly Sin. There is no more prideful act than self-ordination to the throne, Hatshepsut was the Queen who crowned herself King

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Damnatio Memoriae. The damnation of memory. History has taught many lessons, but many more truths are forgotten, hidden perhaps, due to ancient malevolent motives. Often tales of great noblesse and prestige are overseen, for they do not suit the status quo. Hatshepsut, the fifth noble pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, led her nation towards great prosperity and wealth through her time as King.

Ancient Egypt’s great age of prosperity dominated the world during the time leading up to Hatshepsut’s regime. Her father Thutmose I was a great Egyptian Pharaoh, having led his land through many battles and earing his kingship through merit. Beloved by the people, Thutmose and his Great Royal Wife were beloved by the Egyptian people, and the continuation of their family’s royal reign was expected – however, despite their best efforts, only one pure blooded royal descendant was able to survive the tough medieval upbringing – Princess Hatshepsut.

Hatshepsut was known to be special from her birth. As the oldest born child to the Pharaoh and Great Royal Wife, an expectation of greatness was laid upon her. Her pure royal blood earned her the role of God’s Wife of Amen, acting as God’s mortal companion and highest holy figure of the land. This allowed Hatshepsut to learn from the finest scholars in religious, political, and economic theory from a young age[MM1] [MM2] , soon developing vast knowledge of Egyptian history and spirituality.

The Pharaoh and Royal Wife failed to conceive a son, and as Thutmose I fell ill, Hatshepsut was left to be the only to possess royal blood in the 18th Dynasty. Succession quickly came to be a hot topic in the royal palace. The oldest son in line for the throne was Thutmose II – a boy no older than nine, known to be wan and of poor health. Surely this young boy would struggle to take rein of the great dynasty of Egypt, let alone secure and expand its borders.

Due to the young age and feeble health of the soon-to-be Pharaoh, Hatshepsut was set to not only marry Thutmose II to serve as his Queen, but also to serve as his consultant and aide. By now, she had held the role of high priestess for years and had exemplified intellect, grace and virtue while in this prestigious role. While Thutmose II was a rightful king, his health quickly deteriorated and in less than three years past the death of his father, Thutmose II also passed, leaving Hatshepsut alone on the Egyptian throne.

Controversy soon arose after Thutmose II passed. While the young king managed to conceive male heirs before passing, none of these young children possessed the royal blood of Hatshepsut, leaving the succession of kingship in the air. The law of Egypt stipulated that the great God Amen was to choose which prince was next to be crowned king. As Hatshepsut held the role of Amen’s great wife, she naturally took a lead to facilitate this decision, and eventually chose a new king to rule the land. This resulted in a young Thutmose III, no older than two years old, was crowned king.

While it was common during these ages for children to take the throne at a young age, Thutmose III was a mere baby and had no ability to lead a country. As a result, Hatshepsut to reign of all kings responsibilities as the royal regent. Ancient scripts show her enacting tasks only a king would do: speaking to the gods, making offering, issuing commands – all while wearing the gown of a queen on her body and crown of the king perched on her head.

Before long Hatshepsut’s leadership as the King’s wife and Regent drew great prosperity to the Egyptian people. Hatshepsut invested in improving local infrastructure pleasing local governors who in turn pledged their support to the royal rule by ensuring taxes were efficiently collected to further support the royal regime. As the wealth of the Egyptian state continued to grow, more palaces began to pop up across the land, and after seven years of ruling Egypt as Thutmose III’s great wife and regent – a groundbreaking decision was made – to have Hatshepsut crowned king.

As Hatshepsut had already spent years commanding her Egyptian people, she was able to transition to her newfound royal role with ease. She began building great monuments across Egypt – temples carved out of live rock, palaces that towered over the land and obelus that reached the sky. She spearheaded an exhibition to the land Punt that proved tremendously valuable, discovering vast quantities of incense, myrrh, precious ebany and other exotic materials. These accomplishments made Hatshepsut one of the most prolific pharaohs of her era, as the Egyptian people began to see her successes as acts of god, all orchestrated by his great wife - Hatshepsut

While the deadly sin of Pride has been said to of influenced the self-ordinated rise of Hatshepsut to the royal throne, there is no doubt her wisdom, foresight, and intellect paved the way for her rise as Pharaoh. Our Superbia Saison reflects the prestigious leadership of Hatshepsut, a moderately hoppy, bright golden nectar with a champagne-like effervescence that will make you feel like you’re drinking a beer brewed more for Gods than a mere mortal.