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Tutankhamen Mysterious Death Murder Amarna Murder Court Conspiracy Akhenaten HC

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122212642507 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamen (Tutankhamun): Re-Opening the Case of Egypt's Boy-King by Paul Doherty. DESCRIPTION:Hardcover w/dustjacket (256 pages). Carroll & Graf (1999). Egypt's most famous king died at the age of eighteen, and in the three thousand years since his death, the fabulous treasure buried with the young ruler has become as famous as his name. It has long been assumed that Tutankhamun died of natural causes, yet his hurried burial, first in a virtually unmarked grave, suggests there may have been an attempt, or plot, to conceal the evidence of fatal head wounds. Behind King Tut's calm death mask, Doherty uncovers a turbulent tale of bloody intrigues at the Egyptian court, most of them pointing to the possibility of murder. The powerful cabal that ran the court and governed the country might have had young Tutankhamun assassinated. Or Tutankhamun might have been killed at the instruction of the imperious first minister, Ay, who sought to seize the pharaoh's crown for himself. And what role did the beautiful Ankhesenamun, Ay's granddaughter and Tutankhamun's queen, play in the labyrinthine courtly scheming? Coupling modern research with the original testimony of Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb, Doherty reconstructs a scenario of the king's short reign as illuminating as the revelations regarding his sudden, mysterious death are fascinating. Color photographs are included. CONDITION: LIKE NEW. Unblemished except for slight edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket and covers. Dustjacket also evidences very light rubbing (dustjacket is photo-finish, high-gloss brown and so shows rub marks very easily, even merely from being shelved between other books). Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unread, though judging by appearances, it seems possible that it may have been flipped through once or twice by bookstore "lookie-loo's". HOWEVER despite the fact that the pages are perfect inside the book, there are just a few teeny-tiny age/dust speckles (almost imperceptible) discernible on the top surface of the closed page edges (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page edges). This is where dust would collect if the book were to sit undisturbed for several years on a bookshelf. Excepting for this tiny bit of age/dust speckling to the top surface of the closed page edges, the condition of the books is otherwise not too far removed from what might otherwise pass as "new" from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock, and so otherwise "new" books often show a little handling/shelf/shop wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The boy king Tutankhamun came to the throne during one of the most turbulent periods of ancient Egyptian history, a time when religious dissent threatened to sever the unity built up by a line of war-like pharaohs and even to shatter a far-fling empire. He should have lived out a long and prosperous reign before journeying into the Far West, and yet he was dead by the age of eighteen. Was he secretly assassinated by the powerful cartel that ran the court and the country? What exactly was the role of the powerful first minister Ay? Could he have murdered his young charge in order to wear the imperial crown himself? Since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the early 1920's, the story of this young pharaoh who died so precipitately has fascinated archaeologists and historians. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Although the glorious riches of the young King Tutankhamun's tomb have been displayed in museums around the world, his death at age 18 remains shrouded in secrecy. Why was his burial so hasty? Why was he buried initially in a storeroom rather than in a splendid tomb befitting a pharaoh? Why did he die at such a young age? British historical novelist Doherty (author of "The Mask of Ra") answers these and other questions in a splendid historical thriller. He skillfully re-creates the political intrigue, the religious controversy and the military exploits of Egypt's 18th Dynasty as he searches for clues to Tut's mysterious death and burial. Some scholars have theorized that Ay, Tut's vice-regent, murdered Tut in order to gain the throne for himself. Others have implicated Tut's wife in a murder plot. Combing through a mountain of archeological evidence, Doherty concludes that Tut likely suffered from Marfan's syndrome, a disease that causes tissues and vital organs to deteriorate, leading to blindness and physical as well as mental weakness. According to Doherty, such a condition would explain why Tut's tomb contains 413 walking sticks and why many of the tomb's drawings portray him as frail and lethargic. Doherty points out that Tut's death gave rise to a hasty and not altogether proper burial because Ay wanted to keep the king's death a secret from Horemheb, the military commander, so that Ay could assume the throne unimpeded. Zestfully told, Doherty's historical reconstruction of Tut's death is a first-rate page-turner. Color photos. REVIEW: Doherty, who earned his doctorate in history at Oxford, is the author of many historical novels set in ancient Egypt. He now joins Christine El Mahdy (author of "Tutankhamen: The Life and Death of the Boy-King") and Bob Brier (author of "The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story") in the realm of speculative history, attempting to reconstruct Egypt's post-Amarna period using the small corpus of often fragmentary inscriptions, decorative temple reliefs, tomb paintings, funerary equipment, and mummies surviving from the 14th century B.C. Although displaying a rather embellished style in the prolog and conclusion, Doherty gets down to business in the main five chapters, presenting a highly plausible end-game scenario for the 18th dynasty. After rounding up the usual suspects (Ay, Horemheb, and Ankhesenamun), he rejects Brier's assassination theory as the cause of Tutankhamun's early death and hasty burial, instead suggesting Marfan syndrome, an inherited genetic disorder, as the possible explanation, as well as for the physical abnormalities of his purported father, Akhenaton. Doherty writes in a style accessible to the non-specialist, starting with a descriptive list of dramatis personae and ending with an annotated bibliography. Illustrations and index. REVIEW: Doherty, the master of the historical whodunit, turns his attention to an authentic real-life mystery: the inexplicable death of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun at the age of 18. King Tut's irreverently hasty burial in an unmarked grave would seem to suggest foul play, and Doherty adopts the role of historical detective to investigate the probable homicide. Painting a portrait of an Egyptian nation torn apart by religious and political dissent and using the original testimony of Howard Carter, the archaeologist who unearthed Tutankhamun's tomb, he presents a number of plausible scenarios involving deception, betrayal, and court intrigue. The list of suspects includes the sinister cabal that manipulated the young king; Ay, the wily old chancellor eager for more power; General Horemheb, a distinguished and hugely popular military hero; and Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's politically connected queen. Medical evidence suggesting the possibility of a fatal head wound is also presented. The companion Discovery Channel documentary created a flurry of interest in this fascinating historical and forensic reconstruction. REVIEW: Tutankhamun was only 18 when he died in 1323 B.C., but it was no simple ending for King Tutankhamun, writes Doherty. For years, Egyptologists have speculated over the remains of Tut. Why were his embalming and the other rituals attending his burial done in such haste? Why such a ratty site for so important a person? What about that swelling behind his left ear? Where are his sternum and part of his ribcage? Where, for Amun's sake, is his brain? After providing an overview of Egyptian dynastic political history and the particular intramural intrigues besetting the House of Tut, Doherty provides a sensible though derivative conclusion: Tut died unexpectedly of a tumor, which may have had something to do with a hereditary disease. Since such a tumor took its own sweet time to do its dirty work, Tut's sly old Chancellor Ay may have hastened nature's hand by providing the king with an over-ample draught of painkiller. By quickly sending Tut off on his journey to the Far Horizon, Ay could snatch the throne away from potential rival General Horemheb, who was off soldiering. REVIEW: Splendid! Doherty skillfully recreates the political intrigue, the religious controversy, and the military exploits of Egypt's 18th Dynasty as he searches for clues to Tutankhamun's mysterious death and burial. Zestfully told, Doherty's historical reconstruction of Tutankhamun's death is a first-rate page-turner. He creates a highly plausible end-game scenario for Egypt's 18th Dynasty. REVIEW: In this exciting and thought-provoking account of the life and death of Tutankhamun, the basis for a new two-part Discovery Channel documentary which aired in the fall 2002, Doherty reveals how King Tut's famous calm and beautiful death mask conceals a story of bloody intrigue at the Egyptian court. Full-color photos. REVIEW: An historical novelist unravels the layers of mystery surrounding the mysterious death of the young king of Egypt. Doherty writes of the intrigue within the royal court and the religious dissension brewing at the time. And he draws on the archaeological evidence found in Tutankhamun's tomb to propose a possible medical explanation for the curious life and death of Tut. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: I have read and much enjoyed P.C. Doherty's books of Ancient Egyptian historical fiction, so I thought I'd read this "scholarly" volume. Doherty makes some excellent points in his explanation of Tut's death. I especially liked his opinion on whether or not Tut was murdered, which is much different from the view presented in Bob Brier's "Murder of Tutankhamun." I recommend reading both books as it is interesting to see the different conclusions drawn using the same physical evidence. REVIEW: Sixteen pages of color photographs, map of ancient Egypt. List of historical figures, annotated bibliography, index. The book offers important new theories about the life and death of Tutankhamun both as man and Pharaoh. The author also offers an intriguing explanation of the sudden death of the young Pharaoh. REVIEW: Based on a new two-part Discovery Channel program-this fascinating book delves deeply into the mysteries surrounding the death of King Tutankhamun-the boy-king who came to the throne during a period of intense religious dissent and who died mysteriously. The author offers important new theories about Tutankhamun, and an illuminating explanation of the intrigue that surrounded his sudden and untimely end. I loved it! REVIEW: An account of the life and death of Tutankhamun. Paul Doherty tells how the young ruler's calm and beautiful mask conceals a story of bloody intrigue at the Egyptian court, resulting in sudden death and hurried burial and the subsequent crisis and end of the 18th dynasty. Highly recommended and sure to appeal to all enthusiasts of ancient Egyptian history. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site) and free insurance coverage. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish

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