Synopses & Reviews
This compelling biography of Arthur Weigall, the British Egyptologist and Chief Inspector of Antiquities, chronicles his involvement with the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb under Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. Weigall came into conflict with Carter and Carnarvon over newspaper reporting of the famous find. His remarks to the press during that time led to the infamous story of the "Curse of the Pharaohs." This biography brings to life the atmosphere, intrigue, and intense competition in Egypt during the first quarter of the 20th century.
“...general readers will be attracted to the account of Weigall's life and work in Egypt.” —Library Journal
“Her vivid and perceptive account of Weigall and the cultural politics of early modern Egypt make this biography much more than an engaging period piece.” —Economist
British egyptologist Arthur Weigall was involved with the exploration of the antiquities of Luxor - particularly in the Theban necropolis and the Valley of the Kings. This biography, by the granddaughter of Weigall, includes material from previously unseen private sources.
About the Author
is the granddaughter of Arthur Weigall.
Table of Contents
Part I: 1880-1914
* "That Violent Hullabaloo" * "Select Establishments" * From Pedigrees to Hieroglyphs * Egypt "Like a House on Fire" * Private Idyll; Howard Carter; Public Ideal * Yuya and Tuya, and Weigall "Bashmufetish" * The Flooding of Nubia; the Tomb of the Nobles * Another Royal Tomb: Queen Tiy? Akhnaten? * The Eastern Desert; "Odium Archaeologicum" * Gaiety; Akhnaten; and Howard Carter Again * Maspero; the Autocrat of Thebes; Akhnaten's Curse * Alan Gardiner at Gurneh; High Life in Luxor * "Egyptologists are Themselves...the Worst Vandals" * Breakdown; the Bronze; the War for Egypt's Heritage * Scandal, Schemes, and Egyptology for Egyptians * Part II: 1914-1934
* From Egypt to the West End * Experiments in Theatre and Film * Novelist and Film Critic * Tut-ankh-Carter and TutCarnarvon * American Lecture Tour; Carter Again; and Divorce * Egyptian Chronology; English Monuments * The Old Brigade versus the Moderns * History Again: Beating the Philistines * Shutting the Door