Nefertari was Ramesses II's wife, and his first Great Royal Wife denoting her status as his chief consort (among many - he had a lot of wives!). A third theory is that Nefertari was directly related to the Pharaoh Ay In Year One of Ramesses II's sole rule, Nefertari is shown initiating the. Queen Nefertari, the favourite Royal Consort of Pharaoh Ramses II the use and proportion of both in relation to the plant oil/animal fat base.
The new kings came from the Delta region and had no royal blood in them; it has been suggested that the marriage with Nefertari was arranged to strength Ramesses hold on the throne by linking his family with one from Thebes, but there is simply no evidence one way or the other.
Since her titles do not include that of "king's daughter" it is probably safe to conclude that she did not have a royal father by a principal wife, although both Ay and Horemheb have been suggested as parent along with a lesser member of the royal harem.
Whatever the reason for the marriage it appears to have been a loving and successful one. Some see Nefertari as continuing the tradition of strong queens begun in the Eighteenth Dynasty. Nefertari carried the title God's Wife of Amun which gave the holder considerable independent wealth and power, and wore the elaborate head-dress of Ahmose-Nefertari, but we actually know very little about her activities as Queen.
She played a fairly prominent role in state ceremonies for the first three years or so and then disappeared from the record for about eighteen years before appearing again to write a letter to the Queen of Hatti on the occasion of a treaty between the two countries that ended a long period of uneasy relations.
Did Nefertari revert to the fairly passive role of the Old Kingdom queens, or did the records of her activity simply disappear? Nefertari's tomb has given her considerable fame, but in truth we know very little about her Egyptian rulers were expected to have more than one wife and Ramesses followed tradition.
See HaremThe Women's Residence for further information. Nefertari was the mother of at least four sons and two daughters.
Some scholars speculate that she may have had other children, but no evidence has proved this. What was probably a politically inspired union would, over time, blossom into an amorous relationship wherein Ramses II celebrated his love for her with monuments and poetry dedicated to her honor. The many titles ascribed to her attest to the esteem Ramses held for her and the various roles she undertook in her function as queen.
Designations such as Sweet of Love, Bride of God and Lady of the Two Lands, demonstrate her positions as lover, priestess and political functionary. She is known to have even accompanied Ramses, in some cases, on military campaigns. Egyptologists have found statues and images of Nefertari throughout Egypt.
At Luxor, statues of the queen are at the foot of giant statues of Ramses II. Other images show her leading the royal children in rituals or during festivals. Images also show Nefertari with her husband honoring the gods or commemorating events. Early in his reign, Ramses II was at war with the Hittites but a peace treaty was established during his reign.
After they made peace, Nefertari wrote letters to the king and queen of the Hittites. She also sent gifts to the queen, including a gold necklace.
It is now known as QV66 and is the largest and most beautiful tomb in the valley. For example, a Luxor inscription says of her: Rich in love, wearing the circlet-diadem, singer fair of face, beautiful with the tall twin plumes, Chief of the Harim of Horus, Lord of the Palace; one is pleased with what ever comes forth concerning her; who has only to say anything, and it is done for her -every good thing, at her wish?
In her tomb, Ramesses is not even shown, showing his love and trust for her. I would like to mention some of the words he left for her in her tomb: Just by passing, she has stolen away my heart.
Only a loving union would have developed if he built an entire temple to her honor and rose her to the position as goddess. Amunherkhepshef, first child of Ramesses 2. Pareherwenemef, third son of Ramesses 3.
Meryra, eleventh son of Ramesses 4. Meryatum, sixteenth son of Ramesses 5.
A second Meryra is mentioned as the eighteenth son of Ramesses. This may be the same Meryra as before, or a another who was named after his predeceased brother 6.
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Baketmut, second daughter of Ramesses, possibly a daughter of Nefertari 7. Nefertari, third daughter of Ramesses, possibly a daughter of Nefertari 8. Merytamun, fourth daughter of Ramesses 9.