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Pharaoh Setnakhte

The Pharaohs - The People

Pharaoh Setnakhte’s origins are currently unknown, but it appears that he was not a direct descendant of any of the previous 4 Pharaohs but may well have been a member of a more minor line from the Royal Family of the Ramessides who had evolved from his father being a minor son of Pharaoh Ramses II. Whatever his provenance, he married a daughter of Pharaoh Merneptah, Princess Tiye-Merenese.

By taking into his Regnal Year count, the Regnal Years of his predecessor, it is likely that Pharaoh Setnakhte’s reign lasted only between 2 and a half to 3 years, as no events are attested to for his Regnal Year 1. He may have seen off an incursion from the nomadic Sea Peoples, but this cannot be reliably proven.

His short reign did allow him time to stabilise his rule and invest his son and heir to become Pharaoh Ramses III. The Tomb which he had hewn for himself accidentally broke through into another Tomb in the Valley and so he abandoned this and simply usurped the Tomb of his predecessor, Queen Twosret, KV14.


PLEASE NOTE: The Image are all of his son, Pharaoh Ramses III


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