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The murder of Tutankhamen : a true story

Author: Bob Brier
Publisher: New York : Putnam, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume is a presentation of the author's hypothesis that the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, Tutankhamen (1332 BC-1323 BC) was murdered. Popularly known as "King Tut", there are no surviving records of Tutankhamen's final days. What caused Tutankhamen's death has been the subject of considerable debate. The author uses physical evidence, allegedly a swelling on the base of the mummy's skull, to spin a
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Tutankhamen, King of Egypt.; Tutankhamen, King of Egypt; Pharao) Tutanchamun (Ägypten
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Brier
ISBN: 0399143831 9780399143830
OCLC Number: 37981802
Description: xx, 264 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The king must die --
Egypt before Tutankhamen --
Tutankhamen's ancestors: the glorious eighteen dynasty --
Amarna: the holy city --
Tutankhamen's parents --
The return to Thebes --
The most famous tomb in history --
Dead men tell tales: Tutankhamen's mummy --
A widow's plea.
Responsibility: Bob Brier.

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This volume is a presentation of the author's hypothesis that the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, Tutankhamen (1332 BC-1323 BC) was murdered. Popularly known as "King Tut", there are no surviving records of Tutankhamen's final days. What caused Tutankhamen's death has been the subject of considerable debate. The author uses physical evidence, allegedly a swelling on the base of the mummy's skull, to spin a tale of palace intrigue and political assassination. He paints a picture of Egypt as a nation torn apart by revolution. Egyptian society was wracked by religious and political turmoil, as ambitious ministers with thwarted desires plotted secretly. Meanwhile the young king and his adored wife could not produce an heir. All this instability produced the combustible situation that the author believes, ultimately led to Tutankhamen's murder.

The author, a specialist in the diseases of ancient man, presents the case for the murder of the young king who ruled during "an extraordinarily turbulent time in ancient Egypt" and who could not produce an heir.--Jacket.

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