Tuesday June 2, 2020

Pharaoh's tale cursed by a lack of depth

Tutankhamen's Curse: The Developing History of an Egyptian King by Joyce Tyldesley. Profile, €23.90. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

11th March, 2012
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Tutankhamen's burial mask: discovered in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Photo: Getty

Tutankhamen's Curse: The Developing History of an Egyptian King by Joyce Tyldesley

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On November 26, 1922, Howard Carter scraped a hole through a sealed doorway in Egypt's Valley of the Kings and inserted a candle. After a moment of what must have been unbearable suspense, his financial backer Lord Carnarvon asked anxiously: "Can you see anything?"

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