Queen Tiye

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Overview of the Life of Queen Tiye (Consort of Ramses III - The Harem Plot)
Just as Queen Tiy, the beautiful Chief Queen of Pharaoh Amenhotep III had a good reputation another queen with a similar name achieved the opposite. Queen Tiye was a consort of Ramses III a pharaoh of the 20th dynasty of the
New Kingdom. In 1155  Ramses III was enjoying an evening in the royal harem when an attempt on his life was made. Queen Tiye had plotted against her husband with fellow courtier conspirators in order to secure the throne of Egypt for her son, Pentaweret, rather than the rightful heir. In order to achieve her goal Pharaoh Ramses III had to be eliminated. Black magic was believed to have been used in order to make the pharaoh vulnerable, send secret messages and to help the assassin. The Judicial Papyrus of Turin and ancient Egyptian trial documents states that members of the harem of Ramses III made an attempt on his life as part of a palace coup. Modern CT investigations have revealed a serious wound in the throat of the mummy of Ramses III, directly under the larynx, probably caused by a sharp blade which could have resulted immediate death. The report concluded that Ramses III "was murdered during the harem conspiracy by cutting his throat." Three separate trials were started and 38 people were sentenced to death. Some were executed by burning a terrible death that prevented criminals from burial rituals and entering the afterlife. High ranking conspirators such as Pentawere and Queen Tiye had the option of suicide by poison. The "harem conspiracy" involving Queen Tiye against Ramses III remains one of the most scandalous tales of the queens of ancient Egypt. For additional facts about the royal women refer to Ancient Egyptian Queens.

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Fact 1 on Tiye:

Queen Tiye was one of the lesser wives of Pharaoh Ramses III and is believed to have been a commoner. This being the case, she would have held the title of "King's wife of non-royal birth"
 

Fact 2 on Tiye:

She gave birth to a son called Pentaweret by Ramses III.
 

Fact 3 on Tiye:

The kings of Egypt including Pharaoh Ramses III practised Polygamy, meaning having more than one wife at the same time. Having multiple wives in the Royal Harem enabled the Pharaohs to establish their dynasty and ensure the line of succession.
 

Fact 4 on Tiye:

Queen Isis Ta-Hemdjert held the title of the "Great Royal Wife" of Ramses III and the mother of the son who would become Ramses IV.  Queen Isis also the title of "God's Wife of Amun" which effectively gave this senior queen "Divine Queenship". As "God's Wife of Amun" Queen Isis also held the title of "Chieftainess of the Harem".
 

Fact 5 on Tiye:

The concept of 'Divine Queenship' was intended to make the Queen's position within the harem as sacred and therefore unassailable.
 

Fact 6 on Tiye:

Another consort of Ramses III was Queen Tyti and the mother of  a son who would become King Ramses VI. Her titles included "King's Daughter", "King's Sister" and "King's Wife".
 

Fact 7 on Tiye:

The 'pecking order' of the wives was therefore very clear. The line of succession was also very clear. But Queen Tiye was highly ambitious and she was no doubt jealous of the higher status of the other wives.. She wanted her son, Pentaweret, to become pharaoh.
 

Fact 8 on Tiye:

The only way this would be possible was for a powerful coup that could dispose of Ramses III and place Pentaweret on the throne as a Usurper.
 

Fact 9 on Tiye:

In order to achieve a coup the ruthless queen would require the support of powerful courtiers.
 

Fact 10 on Tiye:

The ranks of people Queen Tiye recruited included stewards, inspectors, women of the harem, a general, military commanders, priests and a magician or sorcerer.
 

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Fact 11 on Tiye:

The 'core' of plotters would also have attempted to stir rebellion outside the court in order to uphold the queen and her son should they be successful. They would have certainly targeted men in the military. All of this was done in utmost secrecy and as news of the conspiracy did not reach the king or the royal family she must have had powerful and loyal supporters.
 

Fact 12 on Tiye:

The assassin struck. Modern CT investigations have revealed a serious wound in the throat of the mummy of Pharaoh Ramses III, directly under the larynx, probably caused by a sharp blade which could have resulted immediate death.
 

Fact 13 on Tiye:

Pharaoh Ramses III died as a result of the wounds inflicted by the assassin.
 

Fact 14 on Tiye:

The Judicial Papyrus of Turin and trial documents state that members of the harem of Ramses III made an attempt on his life as part of a palace coup. It is now referred to as the 'Harem Conspiracy'.
 

Fact 15 on Tiye:

The trials resulted in the corruption of court officials and judges, demonstrating the considerable influence of the queen, but eventually 38 people were sentenced to death.
 

Fact 16 on Tiye:

Queen Tiye disappeared immediately after the guilty were condemned. She was probably executed. Pentaweret reportedly was allowed to commit suicide - others belive he was buried alive.
 

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