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This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Viking – is reading The Earl and the Pharaoh: From the Real Downton Abbey to the Discovery of Tutankhamun by The Countess of Carnarvon.
One hundred years ago, Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter. Discover their world of ancient secrets and priceless treasure in this revelatory new biography.
Between November 1922 and spring 1923, a door to the ancient Egyptian world was opened. The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun would be the most astonishing archaeological find of the century. Two men were ultimately responsible for the discovery: Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter.
The Earl and the Pharaoh tells the story of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Carnarvon’s life, money and sudden death became front-page news throughout the world following the discovery of the tomb, fuelling rumours that persist today of ‘the curse of the pharaohs.
His beloved home, Highclere Castle, is today best-known as the set of Downton Abbey. Drawing on Highclere Castle’s never-before-plumbed archives, bestselling author Fiona, the Countess of Carnarvon, charts the twists of luck and tragedies that shaped Carnarvon’s life; his restless and enquiring mind that drove him to travel to escape conventional society life in Edwardian Britain.
Viking River Cruises – Pharaohs and Pyramids
One of history’s greatest civilizations emerged along the banks of the Nile. Discover its secrets with Viking as expert Egyptologists take you from the pyramids of Cairo and the temples of Luxor to the desert outpost of Aswan and beyond. Uncover the ancient secrets of Egypt amid the welcoming culture of today. See the pyramids from astride a majestic camel. Explore the Temple of Karnak’s 136 soaring pillars. Visit Queen Nefertari’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Skim the waters of the Nile by traditional felucca. Enjoy the fragrances of Aswan’s spice market. Join Viking’s expert Egyptologists on a 12-day cruise tour through Egypt on board Viking’s modern Nile ships.
Specifically built to navigate the Nile River, the ships have been designed to international standards of comfort and elegance. With French balconies, hotel-style beds in every spacious stateroom and public areas bathed in light, these new vessels are the most sophisticated river ships sailing the region. In August 2022, on the banks of the Nile, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon named Viking’s newest ship, Viking Osiris. Only miles away in the fabled Valley of the Kings, Howard Carter, with the Earl’s great-grandfather, discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun, one hundred years ago this year.
How to win a copy of The Earl and the Pharaoh: From the Real Downton Abbey to the Discovery of Tutankhamun by The Countess of Carnarvon
A cruise along the Nile, entering the land of the pharaohs, is one of the world’s great river cruises.
Comment below to tell us about a river cruise you have enjoyed or would like to take and what made or would make it special.
The best comment will win a copy of this book.
A winner will be chosen in early November 2022.
The competition closes on 31 October 2022.
Read more about all of our Silver Travel Book Club reads.