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on 12 December 2003
As someone with a long term (amateur) interest in Egyptology I have read many books on pyramids. Some (Lehner, Edwards) are very clear, detailed descriptions of individual pyramids. Others (no names mentioned) are poor paraphrases of the better books, or just plain wacky.
Tyldesley's book is different in that it explains, fully and clearly, the reasons for the development of the pyramid as a royal tomb in Ancient Egypt. I especially liked the way she uses pyramid building as a way of looking at wider social and political developments in Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt.
Bravo!!
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on 18 September 2012
For anyone interested in Egyptian history this is an excellent review of the whole pyramid subject. Inevitably as further information is gained chapters do become outdated.

Following a recent excavation at the pyramid of Djedefre at Abu Roash this now seems to have been a considerable completed construction. Which was later pillaged of most of its stonework. Possibly this means that Djedefre reigned for 28 years rather than the usually quoted 8 years.

With this proviso an excellant read and perhaps Mrs Snape could consider publishing an updated version of this book.
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on 16 June 2016
fascinating, great history
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