Visitor to an Antique Land.

Published 2022
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Bestselling author Lady Fiona Carnarvon tells the thrilling behind-the-scenes story of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun on its centennial, and explores the unparalleled life of family ancestor George Herbertthe famed Egyptologist, world-traveler, and 5th Earl of Carnarvon behind itwhose country house, Highclere Castle, is the setting of the beloved series Downton Abbey. In November 1922, the world was mesmerized by news of an astonishing historical find in Egypts legendary Valley of Kings: the discovery of the tomb of the Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun. George Herbert, himself a famed amateur Egyptologist and noted antiquities collector, financed the expedition and excavation headed by lead archaeologist Howard Carter, and accompanied him inside this sacred space that had remained untouched for centuries. Inside the tomb, the explorers found King Tuts sarcophagus and a treasure trove of astonishing artifacts: chariots and model boats, board games and paintings, a coffin made of pure gold. But these objects were more than just beautifully crafted works of art; they shed new light on Tutankhamun world and this fabled period of history, and changed our understanding of how the ancient Egyptians had livedtransforming overnight what had been formed through centuries of history and myth. Drawing on Highclere Castles archives, Lady Fiona Carnarvon pays homage to her ancestor on the 100th anniversary of this extraordinary event. In vivid and dramatic detail, she brings into focus the larger-than-life characters and lustrous settingsas well as those twists of luck and tragedies that shaped Herberts life. Across the early 1900s, Highclere saw no less drama than the fictional Downton Abbey, with early tragedies for the Earl and love affairs, as well highs of exorbitant wealth and trials of punishing debt. But above all there was adventure.

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Canada : HarperCollins, 2022.
272 pages
Library Bound Incorporated
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