- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books (2 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861978731
- ISBN-13: 978-1861978738
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,135,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tutankhamen's Curse: The developing history of an Egyptian king Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012
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'Magnificent ... strips away preconceptions to provide a rich, absorbing picture of a country and its Egyptian Queen
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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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.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by AMR G SHAWKI
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. Read more