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Tutankhamen's Curse: The developing history of an Egyptian king [Hardcover]

Joyce Tyldesley
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2 Feb 2012
Ninety years ago, Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen's mummy lying, surrounded by grave goods, in a virtually intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Egyptology would never be the same again. Tutankhamen's Curse approaches the story of the lost king, and his development into a cultural icon, with fresh eyes. Stripping away the layers of modern myths that threaten to obscure the king, it uses the evidence from his tomb to reconstruct a family and a history for Tutankhamen. Tutankhamen's Curse is designed to appeal to the widest of readerships, from general reader and lovers of history to students of Egyptology and archaeology.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861978731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861978738
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joyce Tyldesley was born in Bolton, Lancashire. She studied archaeology at Liverpool and Oxford Universities, before writing a series of academic yet accessible books on ancient Egypt, including several books for children. Her 2008 book Cleopatra: Egypt's Last Queen was a Radio 4 "Book of the Week".

Having taught prehistory at Liverpool University, Joyce currently teaches students througout the world on the innovative on-line Certificate Course in Egyptology, plus a series of Short Courses in Egyptology, at Manchester University.

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'An engaging reconstruction. Fluent in her subject, Tyldesley gets beyond the sensational nonsense.'

'Solidly researched and accessibly written. The range of topics covered is impressive' --Guardian

'An authoritative book' --Sunday Times

'[Tyldesley is] a gifted storyteller. Her writing is crystal-clear and charmingly irreverent' --Nature

'Highly recommended for all Egyptophiles' --Library Journal

'[An] absorbing overview of the sensational discovery of Tutankhamen in 1922' --Booklist

'Fluent in her subject, Tyldesley gives her own spin to the story in order to get beyond the sensational nonsense' --Kirkus Reviews

'Undeniably an entertaining read and full of interesting information' --The Sunday Business Post(Ireland)

'[A] wry, open-minded, and extremely enjoyable new biography' --Open Letters Monthly

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The true history and mythology of Tutankhamen

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Annie
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As a reader of anything to do with ancient times,especially Egypt, I really relished this book by Joyce Tyldesley who always manages to bring her subjects to life. With this book she has proved just how much has been,(and will continue),to be discovered from the grave and tomb artifacts. Armed with her knowwledge of King Tuankhamen through the eyes of an ancient world I found myself lost in a book which showed me the 'how' and why's' of his life and what went on in his short reign. It was an informative read and a book which I will undoubtedly bring off the shelf to read again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Egyptology reading 2 Jan 2013
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Great book. Puts a whole new slant on the phrase 'Tutankhamen's Curse'. The information contained within the pages is interesting and informative. Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brand new view of an old subject 29 Aug 2012
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She has done it again, a fantastic new approach, readable, informative and not afraid of coming down on the side of controversy. I didn't believe it was possible to to read something new on this subject but Dr Tyldesley has done so. Including the most recent research and the impact of the boy king on Egyptology itself. Totally recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ! 17 Dec 2013
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If you are into Egyptian history and wish to learn more and more about this amazing part of the history then this book is a must. It is a great reference to won and refer back to it when needed. Tutankhamen was a great king and his life was amazing ! Enjoy reading this book more than once.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another book about Tutankhamun 7 Jan 2013
The real curse of Tutankhamun is that people keep writing books about him.

This book has the trademark stamp of Joyce Tyldesley - scholarly yet readable. Unfortunately, in her efforts not to jump to conclusions fron what she regards as inconclusive evidence ( a practice that bedevills egyptology ) she finds it difficult to come to a conclusion about anything. For exmple, she is surprisingly dismissive about the recent DNA testing overseen by Dr Zahi Hawass which demonstrated, anongst other things, that Tutankhamun most likely died from a virulent form of malaria. Not so, says thia author. By adulthood he would have developed an immunity to it. Presumably then, other mummies will show a similar chemical signature for the disease. Neither can we assume that he had a club foot (his left). This deformity could have been caused by tight wrapping says Joyce Tyldesley. Again, you would expect other mummies to show a similar defect if this were the case. Nor can we infer, from the the presence of walking sticks in his tomb, that he walked with a limp. Not necessarily, says Joyce Tyldesley, they were also a symbol of authority. OK, but why 130 of them? And so it goes on, to the point where I finished the book knowing less than I started with.

Her caution momentarily deserts her when she describes Horemheb, an eminently more interesting pharaoh than Tutankhamun, as a shadowy figure who can't even have been a very good general as his successors spent so much time reestablishing Egypt's northern borders. How's that for jumping to conclusions!

This is a useful book if you are a beginner to the subject, but if you are not my guess is that you will be disappointed and even frustrated by it. There's nothing new here. It's a review of the evidence, non of which seems to satisfy the author.
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