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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,913 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". Her 2012 book Tutankhamen's Curse (published as Tutankhamen in the USA), won the Felicia A. Holton Book Award of the Archaeological Institute of America.

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

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Reviews for Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt:

'Magnificent ... strips away preconceptions to provide a rich, absorbing picture of a country and its Egyptian Queen

(Belfast Telegraph)

This excellent biography scores with a wealth of splendid detail. (Independent)

Tyldesley's strength has always been her storytelling, and here she is on top form. (Sunday Telegraph)

[An] engaging reconstruction of [King Tutankhamen's] tomb discovery, family and life. Fluent in her subject, Tyldesley gives her own spin to the story in order to get beyond the sensational nonsense.... Tyldesley does an admirable detective job of reconstructing the boy king's narrative. (Kirkus Reviews 2011-12-19)

[An] authoritative book.... If Tyldesley finds the curse stories empty nourishment, the core of her book reveals Egyptian history to be full of more satisfying riches. Sifting through the findings from Tutankhamen's tomb, and the arguments of Egyptologists since, she aims to resurrect the man behind the mask. She succeeds: Tutankhamen emerges as a credible figure, a ruler presiding over a turning point in history, when his father Akhenaten's heresies were abandoned and the polytheistic traditions revived.... That has always been Tutankhamen's power: ...to charm all who encounter him. As Tyldesley confesses, he kindled her schoolgirl fixation with ancient Egypt. She calls this 'my own personal version of Tutankhamen's curse', but if it inspires books like this, the rest of us may consider it a kind of blessing. (Sunday Times)

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The true history and mythology of Tutankhamen

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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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The title may bring visions of tomb excavators coming to a grisly end, but with Joyce Tyldesley as author, this is of course a well written re-assessment of everything we know (or think we know) about Tutankhamun, including a brief interpretation of the recent DNA studies (though not in any scientific detail), highlighting the uncertainties and assumptions on which this latest evidence is based.

After several pages of notes for the uninitiated, explaining ancient Egyptian chronology, naming conventions and tomb numbering systems, Tyldesley discusses the "many curses" of Tutankhamun, including the modern celebrity-obsessed frenzy that surrounds the boy king, and the early death which robbed him of the chance to make his mark and restore his country to its former glory.
Tutankhamun's tomb forms the starting point for the main narrative, beginning with its construction and subsequent disappearance, the clues leading to its rediscovery by Carter, the clearing and cataloguing of the spectacular tomb goods, and the sorry tale of attempts to remove and autopsy the body, before looking at the evidence for each contender for the boy king's father, mother and siblings.

Only then do we come to Tyldesley's own take on the story, making no claims to be the definitive account, but rather that which she believes best fits the evidence that we have now. For her, it's not the solving of the mysteries surrounding Tutankhamun that's important, but rather the continuing investigation and piecing together of fragments of evidence; it's not just new discoveries, but the re-analysis of already known artefacts that will help bring more clarity to this period.
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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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