Pharaohs of the Sun: Radio 4 Book of the Week, How Egypt's Despots and Dreamers Drove the Rise and Fall of Tutankhamun's Dynast
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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