I've never met anyone who could get that book but I know everyone wants to read it
I was told it is a children's book but a good one.
I'd love to get my hands on it.
It is a wonderful book, magical in its ability to capture ones attention and make you love the Very Ancient Egypt. Then its' young, and suddenly very Royal Ankhesenamun, and Tutankhamun. It is Lucille Morrsion, who published "The Lost Queen of Egypt" in 1937, who really put the ideal that it was Ay that killed Tutankhamun. While he was forcing a marriage upon Ankhesenamun with himself, into the greater reading public mind. She also using, the best theories available to her, back in the 1930's. Indicates that Nefertiti was Akhenaten only wife, that she outlived him, and assisted Tutankhamun in the early days of his reign.
Morrison, uses a lot of verbal pictures of the city, of Tiye's visit, the Great Palace of Akhenaten, the tiles, the artwork into which she introduces a young half Cretan/Egyptian boy into the picture. He befriends both Ankhesenamun, and Tutankhamun, before the hardships of death, and failed theology destroys the Royal family. I don't remember his name Keti something like that anyway, he angers Akhenaten at first meeting. Because Akhenaten according to the theories of that day, was a brash independent artist with a new style. Ankhesenamun, saves him from her father's anger and helps him to achieve her father's admiration for his own artistic skills.
From there he befriends the daring, warrior trained like almost from birth Tutankhamun not yet betrothed to Ankhesenamun, he is just a child. But oh he already worships Horemheb who has seen to his education. The court actually kind of laughs at his military bravo. Ankhesenamun is much like Tutankhamun in the story but because she is a girl so much of what she really would like to do, is not allowed. Akhenaten has a special love for his 3rd daughter and allows her to learn to write after he finds out her Cretian friend has already helped her. He no longer is angry at him by this time.
There is a trip that the two boys goes on because Tutankhamun kind of dared to much at one point. Akhenaten is angry at him, and believes he is to influenced by war and all that ugly stuff. That he Akhenaten wants nothing to do with. Ankhesenamun is left to write to them as they travel distance lands. Meanwhile her sister dies, another is to become the Queen of Babylon, (a younger sister at that) While she is to become Tutankhamun's wife which is okay with her because she and Tutankhamun are kindred spirits.
Before long death is striking the Royal family, Tutankhamun is recalled and then he becomes King, Pharaoh and Ankhesenamun is Queen. They accept the restoration of the old gods because Nefertiti encourages the young children to do so. She is so grief ridden and burderned with her still 3 younger daughters. Tutankhamun, Ankhesenamun leave her, their sisters and moves to Thebes in the "care of Ay, and Horemheb". They tolerate their new names, the priestly sneers at their father Akhenaten. Tutankhamun as King is active, busy, loving the total command King brings him. Ankhesenamun is treated coldly by the whole court, especially when Tutankhamun isn't around. Often she has her old friend, Keti(?) but more often she doesn't even have him. He is friend with the King, and as a highly trained royal artistian he does have his won work to do. She is left with her Hittite slave.
Suddenly, the Hittite slave's brother shows up as the slave of a traitor spy for the King of Hittite. Keti(?) buys the boy. After the boy begins to serve Keti, he and Ankhesenamun have a falling out. He thinks she is to soft on her own slave. Tutankhamun goes on campaign in Nubia. He falls ill, so ill he returns only to die with Ay as the man directing his medical care. Keti and Ankhesenamun's falling out worsens during this time of Tutankhamun's worsening illness, because she speaks to him about her fear of Ay. Wants his slave to take a message she wants to write the King of Hittite for help just in case. Ankhesenamun hasn't trusted Ay for sometime because she has been left in Thebes and has seen far more than her husband. After Tutankhamun dies, Ay goes to the Royal artistians workshop and picks Keti's crippled older brother, for whom Keti has worked all these years. Ay wants a ring made, a very speical ring. Keti learns of it from his brother. Then he realizes how he has wronged his old friend and Queen, "Small bird" he once called her. He comes to her rescue as Ay more or less has her locked in her palace rooms alone save her Hittite slave.
It is a daring escape in the middle of the night Ankhesenamun casts off her never wanted royal trappings and dresses as a slave. She, her slave, Keti and his own slave make it to the Nile where Keti adopts his Cretian father's sailing life and becomes a Nile traveler. Finally after another smaller fight, Keti and Ankhesenamun discover they have always loved Tutankhamun, and each other. She agrees to let Ay kill her as he releases the news that the Queen has suddenly taken gravely ill, might die. But if she lives, she is going to marry him, Ay! She decides that she rather be a lost queen than a queen married to Ay. Espeically when she gets Keti.
It is a great book for a 7th grade nerd, to buy a copy of it today costs for a cheap copy 97 dollars, it was on my Amazon shopping list. It is out of print unfortunately. It is the book that got me hooked on Egypt. However, i got to my local library last summer and found their copy of it. Until they lose that copy i don't have to spend that kind of money
Thanks Meritaton for getting me back down memory lane