Setnakhte was the first king of Egypt's new dynasty. Although there is no factual information on Setnakhte's rise to the throne. Setnakhte is supposedly the grandson of a previous king, Ramesses II. He was the father of Ramesses III. Ramesses III may have held a short co-regency with his father. Senakhte rose to power and put down the rebellions fermented by Asiatics, and then helped those who had gone into hiding and reopened the temples and restored their revenue. Setnakhte's reign was short, 1189-1186 BC. He may have come to the throne during the later stages of his life, as not much is known about his age throughout his reign.
Setnakhte was buried with full royal honors. According to an ancient book of history,Setnakhte was rowed down the Nile, and rested in his tomb west of Thebes. Setnakhte's coffin was found in 1898 in the royal cache in the tomb of Amenhotep II (KV35).
This is the king's birth name that, together with his epithet, Mereramunre, means Victorious is Set. His throne name was Userkhaure Setepenre, meaning Powerful are the Manifestations of Re.