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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