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rec.arts.books.hist-fiction Archive Selected Reader Recommendations (Part 2/2) ------------- Table of Contents (part 2/2) 10. Pharaoh Akhenaton/Ikhnaton 11. Lancasterian or Yorkish View on Richard III 12. Judge Dee Mysteries 13. U.S. Revolutionary Wars --------------------------- 10. Pharaoh Akhenaton/Ikhnaton Carter Lupton: There are so many. I have at least two dozen major fictional pieces on Akhenaten at home, ranging from a Russian novel of the '20s to Agatha Christie's play written in the '30s to Philip Glass's '80s opera through a sci-fi/fantasy approach that appeared about two months ago. All have different points of view, philosophically and historically. Rather than try to identify the "best", I'll suggest some of the more intriguing: Allen Drury's "A God Against the Gods" and its sequel "Return to Thebes"; Agatha Christie's "Akhnaton"; Pauline Gedge's "The Twelfth Transforming" There was even a musical play called "Nefertiti" produced in Chicago in the '70s, but I've never tracked down a program on it. Additional titles of interest include Joseph in Egypt, part of Thomas Mann's Joseph & His Brothers quartet, which sets the Biblical Joseph in the reign of Akhenaten. Conversely the recent Moses and Nefertiti by Frank Gentile puts the Biblical exodus in Akhenaten's time. The Lynda Robinson mysteries (3 of them so far) all occur in the time of Tut but deal with political and historical issues relating to Akhenaten. Besides The Egyptian film based on Waltari's novel, there was a 1961 movie, Queen of the Nile, made in Italy, with Jean Crain as Nefertiti and Vincent Price as the villain and Edmund Purdom (Sinuhe the Egyptian!0 as the sculptor Thutmose, secret lover of the queen. It was out on video years ago as Nefertete, Queen of the Nile. A major Egyptian filmmaker was working on an Akhenaten movie when he died in the '80s. I can't list all the books here but another worth mentioninmg is King of the Two Lands, written in the '60s by archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes. Elizabeth Skeith: I can recommend Lynda S. Robinson's series of mysteries. I think the first one (Murder in the Place of Anubis) takes place in the reign of Akhnaton, but the next one (Murder at the God's Gate) takes place in the time of the young Tutankhamun (aged 14). The sense of place seems good to me, but I'm no expert. Mary Shafer on Robinson's series: They're extremely good, particularly as mysteries, which is where a lot of the so-called historical mysteries really fail. I rummaged though some of my slides from a 1974 trip to Egypt and found photos of a hippo hunt mural that corresponded very well with her account. They're both about Tutankhamun, as is the third, by the way. Katherine Rossner: A young-adult one I liked was "The Lost Queen of Egypt" (about Akhenaten's daughter/Tutankhamen's wife, but set mostly during Akhenaten's reign). I think the author was Lucile Morison.