For over three thousand years, much of her life has been a mystery, a fascinating patchwork of bizarre facts and strange omissions. King Tut's Children by Jimmy Dunn. Compared to many other burial tombs, King Tut’s final resting place is small and unassuming. Tut’s reign, though famous, was brief. Cite this page Just like that, the great transformation Akenhaten had begun — raising Aten, building new temples with the bones of the old, striking out Amun-Ra’s name and prohibiting worship of the old pantheon — was over. Incenstuous marriages among the ruling class weren’t unprecedented. Ay ruled immediately after King Tut, from 1327 to 1323 BC. King Tut was married to a woman named Ankhesenamun, who was the daughter of Akhenaten and … © Jean-Pierre Dalbéra - Akhenaton and Nefertiti with their daughters. Though his parentage is uncertain, many point to Tutankhamun as a victim of inbreeding, citing evidence of a clubfoot and other serious congenital health issues in his remains. The move away from Amun-Ra and the rest of the Egpytian pantheon, gradual at first, had a dramatic effect on the Egyptian state. Ankhesenamun, Tut's only wife, was also his half-sister and about two years younger than he. DNA testing has determined that the older one had Spengel’s deformity along with spina bifida and scoliosis. Statues of Akhenaten and his queen, Nefertiti, at the Neues Museum (Berlin). Sitemap - Privacy policy, Third daughter of the heretic Pharaoh, King Akhenaton and Nefertiti, Chief wife and consort to famous “boy king” Tutankhamun, Failed to produce an heir with King Tut, two stillborn daughters found mummified in King Tut’s tomb, Possibly married to four different pharaohs during her lifetime, Mystery surrounds her death, some believe King Ay might have murdered her, Name change reflects the turbulence of the times. King Tut & Wife Ankhesenamun. Queen Ankhesenamun was forced to marry King Ay. As the third of six daughters of King Akhenaton and Nefertiti, she and her two older sisters were known as the “Senior Princesses” and were depicted much more often than their younger siblings in reliefs. Queen Ankhesenamun married King Tut at the tender age of 13. More than a century of excavations in and around Egypt’s Valley of the Kings has revealed 64 tombs and other related chambers. The remains of the twin daughters were discovered in his burial place. She wrote to Suppiluliuma I, King of the Hittite Empire and asked if she could marry one of his many sons. 5 Unsolved Mysteries of King Tut's Tomb. It was a different world: Egypt was experiencing dramatic religious upheaval, and a dynasty hung in the balance. A statue of Ankhesenamun and King Tut at Luxor. A depiction of King Tut riding on a war chariot. The tragic life of Ankhesenamun was well documented in the ancient reliefs and paintings of the reign of her parents, the pharaoh Akhenaten and his great royal wife Nefertiti, until the death of Tutankhamun when the young queen seems to have disappeared from … Condition is "New". Backed by the priests, the new rulers branded the sun-disc worshiper Akhenaten a heretic and scrubbed him and his immediate descendants from the list of pharaohs, sealing their tombs and consigning their stories to 3,000 years of silence. She wasn’t alone; historians believe that Akhenaten may have tried to conceive children with Ankhesenamun’s older sisters. The Story Of King Tut’s Wife, Ankhesenamun — Who Was Also His Half-Sister. His immune system, weakened from several bouts of malaria, couldn’t fight the infection. If the investigations into King Tut's tomb reveal hidden rooms, could those chambers hold the burial of Nefertiti, the long-lost queen who is doubly connected to the teenage pharaoh? Ankhesenamun ("Her Life is of Amun") was a queen of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Incest made sense to the ruling families of Ancient Egypt. Then, read about Charles II of Spain, who was so ugly he scared off two wives. He died young, at 19, in what historians for many years imagined to be a dramatic accident. The couple was married in 1334 BC. — an absence that to historians signals her death. King Tut, or Tutankhamun, was the son of Akhenaten, the king of egypt from 1353 BC to 1336 BC, and Nefertiti, Akhenaten's wife. A mini-series concentrating on the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt. It's simple writing, easy to read, and I finished the whole book in an hour. This theory was dispelled when radar testing revealed no hidden chambers in King Tut’s tomb. It is evident that their daughters were stillborn and the DNA tests showed that at least one of them had a skeletal deformity. Wikimedia CommonsA depiction of King Tut riding on a war chariot. else d=b Flickr / Richard MortelAkhenaten, Nefertiti, and their daughters are displayed under the rising image of Aten, the sun disc. The mummies of two female fetuses, five to eight months in age, were found in Tut’s tomb. King Tut was even younger at just a few years shy of ten. 1348 BC - 1323 BC It was a decision that had the potential to undermine the entire Egyptian power structure, and it was particularly dangerous because it dismantled the authority of the priests, who were a powerful faction in their own right. Heirs might have stabilized Tut’s reign, and evidence supports the idea that he and Ankhesenamun tried without success to have children. We know that this belonged to Tutankhamun’s wife." It was a fate Ankhesenamun was destined to share. . (90 years old). Though history tells us what he did, few records remain to help us understand why Akhenaten turned his back on the old gods and embraced Aten, the sun-disc, as the supreme being for Egyptians to worship. King Tut first appears when Peabody is about to take Penny home from ancient Egypt, but he intervenes. Her father, King Akhenaton, also fathered her husband, King Tutankhamun and there is speculation as to whether King Tut’s mother is Nefertiti, or a lesser wife known as Kiya. Ankhesenamun, formerly Ankhesenpaaten, followed suit. Images of her that have survived indicate that she was a beautiful young woman without the deformities and ailments that plagued her brother. Born Ankhesenpaaten, she was named after her father, the heretic pharaoh, King Akhenaten. Queen Ankhesenamun married King Tut at the tender age of 13. His mum, Nefertiti, was his dad's sister and wife. Wikimedia CommonsA statue of Ankhesenamun and King Tut at Luxor.