Oafish Prince Sobek Pendua-Tjay emerges as manifest heir apparent with news that the death of Great King (Amenhotep III) is imminent.
When he and his mother the ceaselessly vindictive High Priestess Sobek Ka-Re, learns of her rival Queen Tiye’s marriage agreement, gifting her late son Crown Prince Djehuti’s widow to the pious Prince Nakhtmin, their gloating reaches new heights.
Tiye sanctioning marriage between the Dowager Princess and Nakhtmin, signals her defeat. Prince Nakhtmin is the son of Tiye’s arch-enemy Queen Xilukhepha, Great King’s diplomatic bride from the allied empire of Mitanni. But as Nakhtmin is Great King’s only living heir Tiye must defer to rules of ascension established at the beginning of the dynasty. As she has no male heir to replace the king, another wife of lower station is entitled by law to do so.
The gratification Pendua and his mother experience at news of Tiye losing out to a foreign queen and her pale weakling son catalyzes their next impulsive motion.
The House of Sobek moves to hasten Tiye’s fade into obscurity as Widow of a false god with no male heirs by colluding to have the Princess Dowager kidnapped.
Appropriating entitlements of his rival, the pious prince Nakhtmin makes Pendua feel all powerful and leaves him lusting for more.
Pendua believes only those facts that serve his delusions of omnipotent nationalism, justifications for sadistic acts and enable his overreaching brutalities.
The oafish prince’s alliance with the Princess Dowager proves fatal for the entire House of Sobek but not before the false god Amenhotep III is made to suffer one final indignity before his miserable death. #sobek #widowofthepharaoh #forestwhitaker #hawara