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By Julie Hankey

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ISBN-13: 9781845114350

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This compelling biography of Arthur Weigall, the British Egyptologist and leader Inspector of Antiquities, chronicles his involvement with the invention of Tutankhamun's tomb below Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. Weigall got here into clash with Carter and Carnarvon over newspaper reporting of the recognized locate. His comments to the click in the course of that point resulted in the notorious tale of the Curse of the Pharaohs. This biography brings to existence the ambience, intrigue, and severe pageant in Egypt throughout the first zone of the 20 th century.

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Oscar was bound to return home and make as much as he could for them. He was a financier in a modest way, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but frequently travelling to Chicago and to cities in Iowa where he had agricultural investments.

The music at the Leipzig Gewanthaus, the art galleries in Dresden and Berlin where he and Geanie travelled in the spring, the Egyptian collection in Berlin, all these things went to his head. He was no more inclined to settle to his German grammar than he had been to his Greek. ’ to myself, like a child at a circus … I often found it very difficult not to perform a sort of war-dance in the public street. 24 FROM PEDIGREES TO HIEROGLYPHS He did pick up a certain amount of German, and he did work hard at hieroglyphs ‘much helped by Steindorff ’, he says, but he was wildly keen on everything else too.

If one talks very much about them, he turns quite white … Then there is Mace, also a silent man, who bursts into the most passionate language if one speaks of them, and with wild eyes and clenched fists swears vengeance. They all tell me that I should only have needed one more year with Petrie to hate him as much as I hate his wife, and certainly his behaviour at the end of this season [a reference perhaps to his illness] went a good way towards that. But it didn’t quite, for in the same letter he tells Mimi that he thinks Petrie ‘a marvellous man, and one that I am really quite fond of ’.

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