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Too little, too late - but okay for beginners,
This review is from: Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen (Paperback)
I realise it's difficult to write a biography of someone for whom there's virtually no documentary evidence, but that's no reason for Joyce Tyldesley to have written such a mediocre book on Nefertiti - especially in 1999.
Understandably there's very little on Nefertiti here - it's really a beginner's guide to the Armana period in Egyptian history.
People interested in Nefertiti will find all the information in this book re-interpreted, re-examined, brought up to date, put into context and brilliantly argued plus a lot, lot more in Christine El Mahdy's Tutankhamen - a book that makes reading Joyce Tyldesley's redundant.
There's nothing new here - and there's none of the fascinating archeological argument and counter-argument that makes El Mahdy's book so enjoyable.
Having said that, if you know absolutely nothing about Nefertiti, this is (I guess) as good a place to start as any.
But I guarantee you'll enjoy Christine El Mahdy's book more - even though it's called Tutankhamen, it's a far, far better study of Nefertiti's life and times.