In the valley of the kings: Howard Carter and the mystery of King Tutankhamun's tomb
Carter began his career inauspiciously. At the age of seventeenunknown, untrained, untriedhe was hired as a copyist of tomb art by the brash, brilliant, and boldly unkempt father of modern archaeology, W. F. Petrie. Carter struck out on his own a few years later, sensing that something amazing lay buried beneath his feet, waiting for him to uncover it.
But others had the same idea: The ancient cities of Egypt were crawling with European adventurers and their wealthy sponsors, each hoping to outdo the others with glittering discoverieseven as growing nationalist resentment against foreigners plundering the countrys most treasured antiquities simmered dangerously in the background.
Not until Carter met up with the risk-taking, adventure-loving occultist Lord Carnarvon did his fortunes change. There were stark differences in personality and temperament between the cantankerous Carter and his gregarious patron, but together they faced down endless ridicule from the most respected explorers of the day. Seven dusty and dispiriting years after their first meeting, their dream came to astonishing life.
But there would be a price to pay for this partnership, their discovery, and the glory and fame it brought both menand the chain of events that transpired in the wake of their success remains fascinating and shocking to this day.
An enthralling story told with unprecedented verve, In the Valley of the Kings is a tale of mania and greed, of fame and lost fortune, of history and its damnations. As he did in The Linguist and the Emperor, Daniel Meyerson puts his exciting storytelling powers on full display, revealing an almost forgotten time when past and present came crashing together with the power to changeor cursemens lives.
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|subject_facet||Egyptologists -- Great Britain -- Biography, Excavations (Archaeology) -- Egypt -- Valley of the Kings|
|title_display||In the valley of the kings : Howard Carter and the mystery of King Tutankhamun's tomb|
|title_full||In the valley of the kings : Howard Carter and the mystery of King Tutankhamun's tomb / Daniel Meyerson|
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|title_sub||Howard Carter and the mystery of King Tutankhamun's tomb|