Event 24

Garry J Shaw

The Story of Tutankhamun: An Intimate Life of the Boy who Became King

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922 sparked imaginations across the globe. While Howard Carter emptied its treasures, Tut-mania gripped the world – and in many ways, has never left. But who was the ‘boy king’, and what was his life really like?

This illustrated biography uses the most up-to-date research to present Tutankhamun as a person, rather than as a distant god-king or a symbol of ancient Egypt. The compelling narrative weaves together numerous intriguing details from the boy king’s treasures and possessions – from a lock of his grandmother’s hair to a reed cut with his own hands – to reveal the life of this enigmatic figure.

Shaw is a journalist and author of The Pharaoh: Life at Court and on Campaign, The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends, and Egyptian Mythology.

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Garry J Shaw