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There Can't be Much More to Tell.,
This review is from: Lordy! Tutankhamun's Patron as a Young Man (Paperback)
I have a fascination with the history that surrounds Tutankhamun - and with the 90th Anniversary of the discovery of the tomb to be celebrated this November, the book is timely and contributes to the understanding of one of the key protagonists in the discovery and entrance to the tomb. Indeed if you have an interest in Tutankhamun you will have likely have read about or heard of many of the characters in this book at some level, but I believe that Will Cross has been able to unearth more insight through a systematic study of all the relevant documents and as such has been able to provide a more detailed insight into the relationships that influenced him as a young man. At the end of the book he also relates some of the discussions he had with those that are still alive and were witness to some of the events - and some of these revelations made were a surprise to me as were some of the comments made in the forward by Alfred Jones.
Like Will Cross' other book on Almina, the countess of Carnarvon and Lordy's future wife, there is clear evidence of thorough research behind the telling of the story. The actual book is effectively 190 odd pages long, after you take away the index and the end notes, however the end notes which have been compiled from the diaries, letters and journals of the time make fascinating reading and nicely complement the storyline. Indeed, the End Notes span 50 odd pages at the rear of the book. One wonders how the author found the time, to carry out this research.
Although this book is detailed in terms of the material presented, it is still very readable and contains many photographs of the early family that have never been published before.. I am reminded of a similar book on the life of Sarah Churchill by Ophelia Field, that attempted to capture every aspect of the life of Sarah Churchill but became convoluted and impossible to finish whereas Will Cross does a great job in keeping a clean narrative without getting bogged down in minutia. Armed with new evidence, the author also seeks to correct many of the errors in fact surrounding his death in Egypt where his, Carter's and Tutankhamun's lives converged in the Valley of Kings in November, 1922.