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Downton Abbey And The Link To Tutankhamen.

Updated on January 20, 2013

Downton Abbey.

Who would have thought that watching the T.V drama Downtown Abbey would lead me to the link with Tutankhamen.It has long been my favourite period costume drama since it was first aired. The thing that made me link the two together is a book I recently read, 'The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson.

What a surprise it was to find out the link to the two and an interesting one at that. If you would like more information about, High Clere, King Tut or Denton Abbey then follow the link for High Clere and see what it has to offer. Definitely a place on my list to visit, hopefully next summer.

High Clare Castle
High Clare Castle | Source

High Clere Castle.

High Clare Castle is the family seat of the Carnarvon family and has strong links to the British Monarchy. Situated at Newbury in Berkshire it is not far away from the house belonging to the Queen, Windsor Castle. The subject of the television drama Downtown Abbey written by Julian Fellows the setting of the fictional drama is Yorkshire. A long way from Yorkshire this magnificent house has many stories to reveal, one of which being it's Victorian links with Tutankhamen.

Downtown Abbey.
Downtown Abbey. | Source
Howard Carter.
Howard Carter.

Howard Carter.

What an unlikely pair were the Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. Carnarvon provided the resources to Carter who was the man on the ground who organised years of searching for that one elusive tomb, that of the boy King.

At the time when the discovery was made Carter was on his swan song as the Earl had decided to stop the search so Carter would have to fund subsequent years himself. The search was costly and needed much money to pay for the resources needed for Carter and his crew to remain in the Valley of the Kings.


Tutankhamen or Tutankhamun ?

There are different spellings for the boy King so I suppose it doesn't matter too much which way I spell it. Forced to marry his Sister in order to become Pharaoh after the death of Nefertiti the two became inseparable unknowing what the world had to throw at them. Their story at times was quite touching especially as the pressure was on Ankhesenpaaten to provide Tut with a son an heir to the throne. After many attempts the couple could not have the child they desperately wanted and Anke kept miscarrying. For Egyptians back then it wasn't unusual for the Pharaoh to have more than one wife so with the blessing of his wife Tut sought after thecaffections of a mistress to provide the son which he needed.

The Murder of King Tut.( The Book )

A fascinating tale of conspiracy theory and fact leads James Patterson to the conclusion that Tut was in fact murdered. Greed, jealousy and thirst for power led to his early death. Thrust forward before he was old enough to become Pharoah his early days on the throne were with his step mother Nefertiti. I can recommend the book and you will be amazed and shocked at the life of this extraordinary young man.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Natashalh, I know it was a surprise to me also. Thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks for the follow also.

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    Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

    I had no idea! I'll have to tell my sister - I know she'll find this interesting.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    GRL thanks. It means alot that you like it. This is one of my favourite dramas and very interesting he link with the castle and the family. It is on my list as a place to visit this summer.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and interesting. Thank you for sharing . This was incredible. Great pics. Passing this on.

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Well spotted Seeker7. There are still more variations of the spelling. Could be something to do with hierogliphics. Thanks for the vote up.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Fabulous hub and I had no idea about this link either - awesome!! Especially as I love Downton and find Ancient Egypt very interesting! The spelling of Tutankhamen/mun is interesting I hadn't noticed that before. Do you think that's just a different Egyptian spelling of names like we might have today Frances/Francis?

    Fascinating hub + voted up!!

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    Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Mhatter99, thanks for the comment. I am pleased you liked it.

    Shiningirisheyes, I must look Dr Zahi up. Thanks as ever for you taking the time to read and comment. As always I really appreciate it.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

    I am a huge follower of Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and his amazing career of so many interesting discoveries. Truly fascinating how he is able to decipher these discoveries for shedding light on the Boy King.

    Thanks for the link as well.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Fascinating. Thank you for this.