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Pharaohs of the Sun

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349144740

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 6th July 2023

Genre: Humanities / History

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A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

‘An impressive amalgamation of scholarly research with popular history’ The Times

‘An evocative account of an era of epic riches and ruthlessness’ History Revealed

‘De la Bédoyère has not just an archaeologist’s eye for accuracy but also a broadcaster’s nose for a colourful story’ Radio Times

For more than two centuries Egypt was ruled by the most powerful, successful and richest dynasty of kings in its long and epic history. They included the female king Hatshepsut, the warrior kings Thutmose III and Amenhotep II, the religious radical Akhenaten and his queen Nefertiti, and most famously of all for the wealth of his tomb the short-lived boy king Tutankhamun.

They presided over a system built on war, oppression and ruthlessness, pouring Egypt’s wealth into grandiose monuments, temples and extravagant tombs. But the power and riches of the Pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty came at enormous cost to Egypt’s enemies and most of its people.

Pharaohs of the Sun is their extraordinary story, showing how the glamour and gold was tainted by selfishness, ostentation and the systematic exploitation of Egypt’s people and enemies.

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An impressive amalgamation of scholarly research with popular history
The Times
De la Bédoyere tells the story with not just an archaeologist's eye for accuracy but also a broadcaster's nose for a colourful story... His book is peppered with lively details
Radio Times
Superb... de la Bédoyere lays out the elusive history of Egypt's 18th dynasty
Library Journal
Packed with big names, from Tutankhamun to Nefertiti, and de la Bédoyere sets their stories alongside those of the populations they so often exploited... Along the way, he offers an evocative account of an era of epic riches and ruthlessness
History Revealed
A scrupulous yet accessible history of ancient Egypt under the 18th dynasty... Complemented by striking illustrations and valuable appendices, this impressive survey will be welcomed by ancient history buffs
Publishers Weekly