I was at the library one day browsing the shelves when my wondering eyes focused on a book called, The Murder of King Tut. I thought to myself, hmmmmm….. after all these years people are still writing books about King Tut and some what trying to piece together his mysterious death. However, I put aside my reservation and placed it on the shelf in replacement of, The Murder of King Tut. After all, I could not past up the opportunity of a potential good read and a good read it is.
In an attempt to garner their own conclusion of the boy king’s life and death, James Patterson and Martin Dugard took me back 3000 years to King Tut’s childhood, adolescent and early teenage years to his sudden death. As, I read the book with anticipation, eagerly turning each page, I found myself unable to put the book down, as I was so captivated by the story.
James with the help of Martin dug up historical facts: evidence, x-rays, forensic clues, many stories told about the boy King through out the ages and Howard Carter’s documented stories. Howard Carter, a 26 year old English Egyptologist who made it his life’s mission to uncover King Tut’s tomb back in 1923.
As, I read about the exotic Egyptian world filled with gold, power and prosperity. It was also filtrated with a lot of jealousy and envy within the palace walls. As I read on, I yearned to know more about ancient Egypt, especially King Tut’s past life. It was then that I came to discover that the Pharoah was challenged from the very first day of his reign by his most trusted advisors who often plotted to over throw the king’s inherited throne. Then suddenly the teenage King mysteriously dies. For years and centuries after King Tut’s death his name was removed from Egyptian history. To this very day Pharaoh’s murder remains an unsolved mystery and is the oldest mystery of all.
But, the story did not stop there for me. At the end, I realized that James and Martin planted a seed in my mind about another possible murderer, Ankhesenpaaten: King Tut’s half sister and wife. In the book, Ankhesenpaaten was upset with King Tut who was unfaithful for the good of Egypt, as Ankhesenpaaten was barren. To make a long story short, Ankhesenpaaten loved the king so much that when she found out he was unfaithful she could not fathom the idea of Tut being with anyone else but her. She felt betrayed by her true love and was very enraged and, therefore, may have killed the King. But, I could be wrong as there are so many possibilities about King Tut’s death through out the centuries that it goes without saying that the boy king’s death is indeed mysterious and controversial.
Review by Simone Da Costa