Great royal daughter


Great royal daughter
    The eldest daughter of the ruling king and queen, she often became the next king's Great Royal Wife. Descent passed through the female line, so marriage to the Great Royal Daughter conferred the kingship on her husband. He was often her full- or half-brother, but other contenders could achieve the throne or consolidate a doubtful claim by such a marriage. The Egyptians preserved the fiction that each king was the offspring of the union between the king's Great Royal Wife and the chief state-god.
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt by Rosalie and Antony E. David

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

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