The Mummy’s Curse : The True History of a Dark Fantasy by Roger Luckhurst

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  • Title: The Mummy’s Curse : The True History of a Dark Fantasy
  • Author: Roger Luckhurst
  • Category: British
  • Date: 10/25/12
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: 336
  • ISBN: 199698716

 

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In the winter of 1922-23 archaeologist Howard Carter and his rich patron George Herbert, the Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, sensationally opened the tomb of Tutenkhamen. Six weeks later Herbert, the sponsor of the expedition, died in Egypt. The widespread press went wild with rumours of a curse on those that disturbed the Pharaoh’s relaxation and for years adopted each twist and switch of the destiny of the lads who had been concerned within the historic discovery. Long dismissed by Egyptologists, the mother’s curse stays a half of widespread supernatural perception. Roger Luckhurst explores why the parable has captured the British creativeness throughout the centuries, and the way it has impacted on widespread tradition. Tutankhamen was not the primary curse story to emerge in British widespread tradition. This e book uncovers the ‘true’ tales of two extraordinary Victorian gents broadly believed on the time to have been cursed by the artefacts they introduced dwelling from Egypt within the nineteenth century. These are extraordinary tales that weave collectively a solid of well-known writers, painters, feted troopers, lowly smugglers, revered males of science, disreputable society dames, and spooky spiritualists. Focusing on tales of the curse fable, Roger Luckhurst leads us via Victorian museums, worldwide exhibitions, non-public collections, the battlefields of Egypt and Sudan, and the writings of figures like Arthur Conan Doyle, Rider Haggard and Algernon Blackwood. Written in an open and accessible fashion, this quantity is the product of over ten years analysis in London’s most curious archives. It explores how we turned fascinated with Egypt and the way this fascination was fuelled by fable, thriller, and hearsay. Moreover, it offers a new and startling path via the cultural historical past of Victorian England and its colonial possessions. present more

 

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