Mary Anne Bradley and Jaromir Malek:

Chariot to Heaven

© Jointly M.A. Bradley and Jaromir Malek, 1999-2004.

The story takes place in Mennufer (better known by its Greek name, Memphis), the capital of ancient Egypt, during the reign of King Tutankhamun (1336-1327 BC).

The characters of the children, Ipi and Meryt, have been created by the authors, but the historical background and the additional information about ancient Egypt are true. The cause of Tutankhamun's death is not known and the explanation offered in this story is fictional.

The copyright of all the illustrations is retained by the individuals and institutions who have kindly provided them for this purpose.

About the authors:

Mary Anne Bradley is a free-lance archaeologist and author who specially enjoys writing for young people.

Jaromir Malek is an Egyptologist at the Griffith Institute, Oxford.

The List of Contents

The prologue.
1. The city of Mennufer awakens.
2. A cloud of dust in the desert.
3. A deadly encounter.
4. The men of the western gang.
5. The sand cat.
6. A narrow escape.
7. Haremhab's house of eternity.
8. Artists at work.
9. Tutankhamun's palace.
10. Hide-and-seek.
11. A night visit.
12. Nedjmet to the rescue.
13. A foreboding of tragedy.
14. The house of the Aten and its tenants.
15. The last chariot ride.
The epilogue.

The illustrations show King Tutankhamun in his chariot, on a painted box found in his tomb (copy by Nina de Garis Davies, © Griffith Institute, Oxford), and the Antechamber of Tutankhamun's tomb with some of his dismantled chariots (H. Burton photograph 12, © Griffith Institute, Oxford).

List of special briefings on aspects of Ancient Egypt mentioned in the story.

Read about the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922, and see the treasures found in the tomb.

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