Real Downton Abbey revelations discovering Tutankhamun
The Countess of Carnarvon’s latest book, The Earl and The Pharaoh – From the Real Downton Abbey to the Discovery of Tutankhamun has been released as a hardcover edition, priced at £20.
One hundred years ago, Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter. Discover their world of ancient secrets and priceless treasures in this revealing new biography of the Countess of Carnarvon.
Between November 1922 and spring 1923, a door to the ancient Egyptian world opened.
The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb would be the most stunning archaeological discovery of the century, revealing not only the preserved remains of the boy pharaoh, but thousands of finely crafted objects, from the iconic gold mask and coffins to a meteorite dagger, chalices, beautiful furniture, and even 3,000-year-old food and wine.
Worldwide understanding of ancient Egyptian civilization has been immeasurably improved, and the quantity and richness of the artifacts in the tomb are still under study today.
Two men were ultimately responsible for the discovery: Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter.
It was Lord Carnarvon who held the dig grant and whose passion and ability to fund the project enabled the eventual discovery to take place.
The Earl and the Pharaoh tells the story of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Carnarvon’s life, money and sudden death made headlines around the world after the tomb was discovered, fueling rumors that persist today about “the curse of the pharaohs”.
Drawing on the never-before-seen archives of Highclere Castle, bestselling author Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon, traces the twists of fortune and tragedy that shaped Carnarvon’s life; his restless and inquisitive mind that drove him to travel to escape conventional social life in Edwardian Britain.
Lady Carnarvon lives at Highclere Castle, best known to millions around the world as the setting for the popular TV show Downton Abbey.
As an author, she has written several bestselling books, including Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, Lady Catherine and At Home at Highclere.