Twosret. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never heard this name. She is one of Egypt’s forgotten pharaohs, driven into obscurity and left unsung and unremembered.
She ruled right at the end of the 19th dynasty (1189 BC) of ancient Egypt when she assumed the throne after her predecessor, Siptah, died. She also was probably the daughter to Merenptah (son of Merneptah) so her close royal links are evident.
Her name is overshadowed by Egypt’s more remarkable queen pharaohs such as Cleopatra and Hatshepsut. Not a huge deal is known about Twosret’s reign or even how long she reigned. Egyptologists usually put her independent rule somewhere between 2-3 years but this is still contested.
There is some evidence they Twosret’s reign came to a bitter end. The civil war was in the air and it is not clear if she died peacefully during her own rule or whether she was overthrown by her successor, Setnakhte - the first ruler of the 20th dynasty.
A mummy was found in the tomb of Amenhotep II which some scholars believe is Twosret. However, no real evidence can confirm her identity. So, since 1898, the mummy has been known as Unknown Mummy D.
Maybe one day we will know for sure.