Margaret Maitland
British Museum Press, £9.99
ISBN 978-0714119984

This small book takes on a huge subject: the role of the pharaoh as head of state, as divine intermediary to the gods, and as military leader. It is a concise, scholarly, yet highly accessible introduction to the subject that aims to ‘look beyond the pharaoh’s dazzling golden image’. It is undoubtedly packed with information, with additional bite-sized nuggets to accompany the plentiful illustrations – most of which show artefacts the reader can see for themselves in the Egyptian galleries of the British Museum. CMc


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  1. Robyn
    November 26, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    I love anything to do with Egypt. The cover on this book is stunning. This looks like a great coffee table book. Thanks! I just finished a really great book that takes place in Egypt. The book is called, “Shadow of the Sun” by author Merrie P. Wycoff . This is historical fiction novel that showcases the mysticism/paranormal aspects of ancient Egypt. The author has thoroughly researched the topic and brings the reader back to Egypt during the time of the ancient Egyptian Royal Court.

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