The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy

The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy

Title:The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780306821332
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

More than 3,000 years ago, King Tutankhamun’s desiccated body was lovingly wrapped and sent into the future as an immortal god. After resting undisturbed for more than three millennia, King Tut’s mummy was suddenly awakened in 1922. Archaeologist Howard Carter had discovered the boy-king’s tomb, and the soon-to-be famous mummy’s story—even more dramatic than King Tut’s life—began.

The mummy’s “afterlife” is a modern story, not an ancient one. Award-winning science writer Jo Marchant traces the mummy’s story from its first brutal autopsy in 1925 to the most recent arguments over its DNA. From the glamorous treasure hunts of the 1920s to today’s high-tech scans in volatile modern Egypt, Marchant introduces us to the brilliant and sometimes flawed people who have devoted their lives to revealing the mummy’s secrets, unravels the truth behind the hyped-up TV documentaries, and explains what science can and can’t tell us about King Tutankhamun.


    The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy Reviews

  • Snuggles  with Rainbows

    When I started this book, I was expecting a super boring read with lame Egyptian history strewn across it. What I found was far better!This book was such a fun and exciting trip down Egyptian history ...

  • Lisa

    In 1927, after studying Tutankhamun's mummy and the contents of his tomb, Howard Carter concluded: "The mystery of his life still eludes us—the shadows move but the dark is never quite uplifted."The...

  • Julie Dawson

    The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut’s Mummy, is not simply another rehashing of the King Tut legend and lore. Instead, author Jo Marchant focuses the stranger-than-fiction history beh...

  • Caroline

    I have to confess I found this book disappointing. It's a fascinating topic, not so much a history of Tutankhamun and Ancient Egypt as it is a history of the archaeological investigations of Tutankham...

  • Victor Sonkin

    A short description of the horrors connected to the attempts to sequence the DNA of Egyptian mummies, and specifically of Tutankhamon (and how the Egyptian revolution of 2011 changed the situation —...

  • Victor Sonkin

    A very good account of the discovery and especially the later life of Tutankhamum's mummy and everything (and there was, and still is, a lot going on) that happened around it. The most unexpected thin...

  • Ivan

    Author Jo Marchant has written a well-structured and easy to read book, which uses to describe the intrigued DNA study performed on Tutankhamun mummy’s during February 2008.The book is concise and g...

  • Brigitte

    This is a really excellent box that delves not really into Tutankhamun but more into the people who discovered and worked on him. I enjoy reading about ancient Egypt but it can be very frustrating, be...

  • Eliza

    Insightful and interesting read, which not only provides incredible detail into the discovery of, and thereafter story of, Tutankhamun’s mummy, but also many interesting stories of other characters ...

  • Kevin

    Very readable account of Tut’s discovery and all the examinations and indignities inflicted on his remains over the decades. So much effort, so much speculation with ultimately no definitive answers...