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A lively new biography of Tutankhamun—published for the hundredth anniversary of his tomb’s modern discovery
The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 sparked imaginations across the globe. While Howard Carter emptied its treasures, Tut-mania gripped the world—and in many ways, never left. But who was the “boy king,” and what was his life really like?
Garry J. Shaw tells the full story of Tutankhamun’s reign and his modern rediscovery. As pharaoh, Tutankhamun had to manage an empire, navigate influential courtiers, and suffer the pain of losing at least two children—all before his nineteenth birthday. Shaw explores the boy king’s treasures and possessions, from a lock of his grandmother’s hair to a reed cut with his own hands. He looks too at Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun’s wife, and the power queens held. This is a compelling new biography that weaves together intriguing details about ancient Egyptian culture, its beliefs, and its place in the wider world.
About the Author
Garry J. Shaw is an author and journalist covering archaeology, history, and world heritage. He is the author of six books, including The Pharaoh: Life at Court and on Campaign, The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends, and Egyptian Mythology.
“Garry Shaw has done a remarkable job synthesizing everything we know and do not know about Tutankhamun. . . . Stunning color photos . . . add to the tale.”—Kelly Macguire, World History Encyclopedia
“Shaw’s compelling portrait of the young pharaoh in life and in death is based on the latest research and impeccable sources. Here we move far beyond Carter and Carnarvon into the life of the king himself. This brilliant achievement will appeal to anyone interested in archaeology and ancient Egypt. A lovely book!”—Brian Fagan, author of Lord and Pharaoh
“A fascinating, up-to-date and superbly well-informed account of Egypt’s most famous Pharaoh. Shaw has done a wonderful job.”—Robert Twigger, author of Red Nile
“This exceptional account not only brings the reign of Tutankhamun back to life, it also shows the ruler in a new light, not only as king of ancient Egypt, but as a human being.”—Christina Geisen, University of Cambridge
“Tutankhamun and his tomb have captured the hearts of all of us. His story contains the thrill of magic and curses. This book brings with it more magic with a new take on the time of the golden boy.”—Zahi Hawass, author of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
“Shaw writes in an engaging manner, with the erudition of a scholar and the flair of a journalist.”—Ronald J. Leprohon, University of Toronto