Tutankhamun took the throne aged just eight or nine under the unprecedented viziership of his eventual successor, Ay, to whom he may have been related.
The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun’s nearly intact tomb, in excavations funded by Lord Carnarvon, received worldwide press coverage. With over 5,000 artefacts, it sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamum’s mask, now in the Egyptian Museum remains a popular symbol. The deaths of a few involved in the discovery of the mummy have been popularly attributed to the curse of the pharaohs. He has, since the discovery of his intact tomb, been referred to colloquially as “King Tut”.
People have always been fascinated with him and the pyramids with some great films and books about them.
I recently read this one and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I would like to recommend an Electric Eclectic book written by Markie Madden who is also fascinated by this era.
The reign of Hatshepsut, the first female Pharaoh in Egyptian history, is threatened by the actions of her stepson, Prince Thutmosis. But Hatshepsut’s daughter, Neferure, takes matters into her own hands to ensure the path of destiny her mother began.