But that was her son? I mean how did Aye become Phoroah if he did not marry someone royal like Ankhesenamun. And if she had married after Tut's death not to Aye would her new husband not have taken the throne over Aye.
Thanks for the questions!
Hatshepsut was Tuthmoses III, half aunt. She married her half-brother, who fathered Tuthmoses III.
Tuthmoses I, Ankhesenamun3 wasn't a born to the throne, royal prince. He was Pharaoh's Ahmoses chosen choice for successor and a very capable general of Pharaoh.
In a perfect world, yes her husband would have become Pharaoh. But, Egypt was not at a perfect state at the time Ay succeeded to the throne. Egypt was already fighting aganist Hittite advancement in Egypt's northern Syrian territories. At about the same time as Tutankhamun's death, Egypt lost an important battle against the Hittites. Its ally Mitanni was already a new puppet state of Hittite. Egypt had no legitimate heir. The priest of Amun were regaining their power in Egypt. And an Hittite Prince on the way to marry Egypt's Queen was found dead. According to various Restoration Stela's from the time. Egypt itself, was not in a very good position, with corruption infecting the legal courts.
If Ramesses I was the man who married Ankhesenamun, what experience did he have to rule a healthy nation, let alone Egypt in its present state?
Ay's days as a warrior due to his age were mostly over. Horemheb, Tutankhamun's aknowledged successor, Egpyt's prime military leader, was needed more in the field than on the throne. Ramesses I, was a young man, likely a warrior certainly not trained or even experienced in the affairs of state, or court. Whereas, Ay certainly was, and Horemheb certainly had more such experience than Ramesses I. Marriage was no assurence that he and Ankhesenamun would have children that would live, let alone male children that would live.
Her children would have had the right to the throne, but did Egypt need or want an even more inmature, Pharaoh than Tutankhamun had been on his succession? Did Egypt need an inexperienced non-royal man on the throne while he didn't even have an adult son to succeed him?
No. It needed a man well trained in statehood, in the traditions of Pharaoh and one knowledgable in foreign affairs. Here on the board we talk of Maat and how important it was to Ancient Egypt. Maat since the time of Amenhotep III was out of balance, Ay, Horemheb, Ankhesenamun, and Ramesses I would have known this far better than we do today. The death of Tutankhamun without heir must have meant to them something was still not right in the attempt to right Maat. Something even more drastic was perhaphs needed. i sometimes try to understand what they must have felt as they saw the results of inbalanced Maat. Talk about waking to a nightmare Ankhesenamun3, and please try to understand what these ancient people must have felt.
Looking to their religion they must have come upon the Isis/Horus myth of Isis in fear for her son went into hiding. Until he was able to face the threats, the murder of his father, had brought against his own safety. Sure, at this time it was most likely that Seti hadn't been born. So Ankhesenamun couldn't have been in fear for her son's life at this time. But she was hopeful of having more children, living children, and Egypt by this time, in the way of royals, had become her child. And Egypt was threatened.
Marriage to Ramesses I would have disguised her, to the agents of chaos that was trying to destroy Egypt. A Queen marrying a commoner and warrior to boot! In the meantime, Ramesses I would begin the long process of learning to rule as Pharaoh, protect his wife, and hopefully raise sons that could and would become Pharaoh. While men that had the experience, and the warrior background able to defeat both Egypt's real enemies (Hittite) and hopefully the spiritual agents of chaos, would rule. With the full co-operation of the reigning, and anointed Queen. That the Ramesses' family were originally from the Delta, the mythical place of safety for Isis and Horus. Only helped to assure Ankhesenamun, Ramesses I, Ay, and Horemheb that their plan stood a chance of success.
And i think that after a while as just the simple wife of a growing important court offical, and mother of healthy children. She must have been very happy. Because we know she when she was born she wasn't expected to become Queen.
I really do appreciate your questions Ankhesenamun3, thanks.