Tom Holland

Tom Holland is a historian whose latest book, ‘In the Shadow of the Sword’, is published by Little, Brown

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The Test by Simon Jones - book review: This bittersweet memoir of England’s 2005 Ashes victory is the best account you’ll read

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Historical Notes: Immortality restored to Tutankhamen

ASKED ABOUT the Curse of the Pharaohs, Howard Carter gave the invariably succinct response: "The answer is spherical and in the plural." Even so, almost 80 years after the opening of the only undisturbed tomb ever to be found in the Valley of the Kings, Carter's great find remains as famous for the doom it supposedly brought down upon its discoverers as for the splendour of its treasures. Ever since the death of Lord Carnarvon, Carter's sponsor, less than five months after he first entered the tomb, it has been a popular superstition that a pharaoh's vengeance can indeed reach out from beyond the grave.
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