The famous Egyptian Queen, Nitocris
Queen Nitocris was an Egyptian pharaoh who ruled during the 6th dynasty. Names like Nitiqret and Nitokris, Neterkare, or Nitikrty also knew her. The meaning of her name is "The soul of the Re is Divine." She ruled in ancient Egypt at the end of the old kingdom. Much remains unknown about Queen Nitocris since scholars could not find archeological remains that could help us learn more. The available information on her is only through Manetho, the Turin Canon, and Herodotus.
Queen Nitocris' Husband
Nitocris was reportedly a virtuous and beautiful woman who married King Metesouphis II and is believed to have also been his sister. It's been recorded that her husband was murdered, and the queen avenged the guilt before taking her own life.
Queen Nitocris' Reign
Queen Nitocris reigned from 2148-44 BC and was succeeded by Pepi II. Queen Nitocris became pharaoh after much dispute when no male heir was to ascend the throne. She is most remembered in Egyptian history as the bravest and most beautiful woman of her time. She commissioned no structures and is left unmentioned in many Egyptian records. Again, her reign is believed to have been short and lasted less than three years.
The Bravery Of Queen Nitocris
The husband of Queen Nitocris was an old kingdom monarch who rose to power at the end of the sixth dynasty. But after a short reign, he was murdered by his subjects. Nitocris then emerged as the sole ruler of Egypt.
She was determined to avenge the death of her beloved husband-brother. She gave orders to secretly construct a vast underground hall connected to the river Nile by a hidden channel. When this chamber was completed, she threw a splendid inaugural banquet, inviting as guests all those she held personally responsible for the king's death. When the guests were feasting, she ordered them to open the gates of the secret conduit, which led to the flowing of a tremendous volume of water from the river Nile. This drowned all those who were suspected of the king's death. To save herself from the people's anger, she later committed suicide.
She has often been described as "braver than all men of her time, the most beautiful of all women, fair-skinned with red cheeks."
It's also claimed that Queen Nitocris was behind the construction of the third pyramid in Giza, but there is no proof of this.