Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen

Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen


By (author) Joyce A. Tyldesley

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 190mm x 24mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 2 September 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140258205
  • ISBN 13: 9780140258202
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 16 colour illustrations, drawings

Product description

For over a decade, Nefertiti, wife of the heretic king Akhenaten, was the most influential woman in the Bronze Age world; a beautiful queen blessed by the sun-god, adored by her family and worshipped by her people. Her image and her name were celebrated throughout Egypt and her future seemed golden. Suddenly Nefertiti disappeared from the royal family, vanishing so completely that it was as if she had never been. No record survives to detail her death, no monument serves to mourn her passing and to this day her end remains and enigma - her body has never been found. Joyce Tyldesley here provides a discussion of the life and times of Nefertiti, Egypt's sun queen, set against the background of the ephemeral Amarna court.

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Editorial reviews

From the author of Hatchesput: The Female Pharoah and the delightful Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt, a specialist in Ancient Egyptian girlpower, comes this portrait of the life and times of the revered sun queen and the court of Amarna. By the age of thirty, with six daughters and a powerful husband, Nefertiti appeared to have it made, but she suddenly disappeared from all official records and her body has never been found. With the help of archaeological remains, the documents and art of the time, the author goes beyond the myths to investigate the mystery. (Kirkus UK)

Table of contents

The imperial family; a beautiful woman has come; the Aten dazzles; images of Amarna; horizon of the Aten; the mystery of the disappearing queen; sunset; epilogue - the beautiful woman returns.