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Unravelling one of the ancient world’s most infamous deaths…

In this illuminating non-fiction account of the life and death of Tutankhamun, Paul Doherty tells the story of the bloody intrigue behind the iconic mask.
Colour photographs are also included. Perfect for fans of Nicholas Reeves and the ITV series Tutankhamun.

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 he might have been killed at the instruction of the imperious first minister, Ay, who sought to seize the pharaonic 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.

What readers are saying about Paul Doherty:
An interesting, thoughtful view on what might have happened to the boy-king’
Doherty proves that he is a scholar as well as a writer of novels’
‘This book offers new clues and highlights the intrigue [of the] Egyptian court’

Reviews

Praise for Paul Doherty: As ever, Doherty dazzles with his knowledge an intimate feel for ancient Egypt
Time Out
Paul Doherty has a lively sense of history
New Statesman
An engrossing and informative read
Publishers Weekly
[A] history book that may be read with all the excitement of a detective novel
Contemporary Review