Monday, 26 November 2012

New book delves into Egyptian mummy curses

There is a new book out that is calling out to be bought as a Christmas present for a certain blog author!

The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy by Roger Kuckhurst (Oxford University Press) discusses the development of the idea of the Egyptian mummy curse.

"Stories about Egyptian mummies and their curses have been scorned as pyramidiocy, but they reveal a lot about late Victorian and Edwardian culture" - says the reviewer  of the book, Christopher Frayling.

See his full review in The Irish Times:

"The Mummy’s Curse is a thoughtful and thorough exegesis of an enduring popular myth, and a welcome corrective to those commentators, such as Frances Yates, who in the past have dismissed it as “a bottomless bag . . . that deservedly sinks below the notice of the serious historian”  

4 comments:

  1. This sounds fascinating! I know I will be picking this up as a Christmas gift for myself! I love all things ancient Egypt, especially the curses! One of my favorite books about Egypt is called, Shadow of the Sun by author Merrie P. Wycoff. This a paranormal fiction thriller written in the time of ancient Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Ahkenaten and Queen Nefertiti and told through the eyes of their daughter, Merit-Aten. The characters are rich with emotion and add an element of intrigue to the story.

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    1. I will have to get this...thanks Lauren. If you fancy doing a book review, I would be pleased to post on the blog. Let me know and I can email you contact details :-)

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