Pharaohs of the Sun

Pharaohs of the Sun How Egypt's Despots and Dreamers Drove the Rise and Fall of Tutankhamun's Dynasty

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Publisher's Synopsis


'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.

About the Publisher



Abacus is home to some of the world?s most renowned authors, including Donna Tartt, Gore Vidal, Jane Gardam, Primo Levi and Beryl Bainbridge. In 2013, we celebrated our 40th anniversary with the reissue of 18 of our classic books ? a wonderfully diverse collection ranging from Douglas Coupland?s Generation X and Iain Banks? The Wasp Factory, to Tom Holland?s Rubicon and Alexander McCall Smith?s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Originally a non-fiction list with something of an ecological flavour, Abacus has evolved over the years to become one of the most renowned homes for quality fiction and non-fiction, and one with a particularly strong tradition in bestselling memoirs, notably Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom and historian William Woodruff's double No. 1 bestsellers The Road to Nab End and Beyond Nab End. Our non-fiction publishing grew further with the publication of books by some of the most influential writers in their fields, such as Tim Harford, Gillian Tett and Tom Holland, and our fiction publishing continues to go from strength to strength, driven by a new generation of novelists like Kevin Maher and A. D. Miller, who sit alongside global bestsellers like Anita Shreve and Candace Bushnell.

Book information

ISBN: 9780349144740
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Abacus
Pub date:
DEWEY: 932.0140922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxv, 549 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 472g
Height: 197mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 39mm