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Tutankhamen's Curse: The Developing History of an Egyptian King Paperback

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"'Tyldesley's strength has always been her storytelling, and here she is on top form' (Sunday Telegraph) 'This excellent biography scores with a wealth of splendid detail.' (Independent) '[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)"

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Joyce Tyldesley's books include acclaimed biographies of Rameses the Great, and the queens Hatchepsut and Nefertiti. She is the author of Egypt: How a Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered, which accompanied a major BBC television series. Her books have been published all over the world. She lives in Bolton, Lancashire.


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861971664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861971661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,128,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I say in my Amazon’s Home page I’m a history buff. Egypt’s history, obviously, has fascinated me since I was a kid.

Periodically an “Egyptian fever” overtakes me and I start reading most compulsively about pyramids, pharaohs, sphinxes, hieroglyphs and dynasties. Well it seems I’ve catch it again!

Joyce Tyldesly (1960) archeologist, Egyptologist, lecturer and author is evidently in love with this ancient culture. She has written numerous books about Egyptian queens, pharaohs, women, pyramids, Egyptian justice, etc. for adult and children readers.

This is an excellent, very readable and detailed history of how Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered and treated by the most scientific methods of those times.

The author divides the book in two parts: Tutankhamen: life and death and Tutankhamen: life after death. Ms. Tyldesly presents step by step the discovery and extraction of the treasures of the tomb. Intrigues, conflicts, rivalry, methodology, politics, jealousy and human drama are described. In the second part a very succinct treatment of the “curse” is shown.

This book is treasure for Egyptian history fans and readers just interested in king Tut’s story.
Do not miss it!

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sofia on July 2, 2014
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This book is written by a person who clearly LOVES ancient Egypt. Good, because i do to. It is written allmost liek some kind of mystery book, uncovering the subject part by part. It tries hard to tell the whole story, in a really good way. It isn't as speculative as it could have been, i would rather say i Think it is really accurate and honest.
Many people Believe in the curse of Tutankhamen/Tutankhamun, but this book does a good job at telling the facts, not just the theories.
I really enjoyes Reading it, since it is written in a popular fashion that isnt just for scientists/archaelogists.
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