A Passion for Egypt: Arthur Weigall, Tutankhamun and the Curse of the Pharaohs (Hardback)
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Short Description for A Passion for Egypt 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.
- Published: 07 December 2001
- Format: Hardback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781860645662 ISBN 10: 1860645666
Full description for A Passion for Egypt
The first quarter of the twentieth century witnessed many spectacular archaeological discoveries in Egypt, with that of Tutankhamun the most sensational. During this period Arthur Weigall, the British Egyptologist, was involved with the exploration of the antiquities of Luxor - particularly in the Tombs of the Nobles and the Valley of the Kings. His enthusiasm and energy played a large part in popularising ancient Egypt at a time when Luxor was becoming a fashionable winter resort for the elite of Europe and the USA. As Chief Inspector of Antiquities, Weigall played host to visiting royalty and aristocracy as they converged on Egypt in the years leading up to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb under Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon - with whom he came into conflict over newspaper reporting of the find. Following Carnarvon's premature death in Egypt it was Weigall's remarks to the press that led to the infamous story of the 'Curse of the Pharaohs': a myth that persists to this day. However, Weigall's real legacy derives from his great passion for Egypt - both ancient and modern - that is the constant theme of this compelling biography.