Tut (2015) 

 

 

 

Director:     David Von Ancken.

Starring:     Ben Kingsley (Ay), Avan Jogia (King Tutankhamun), Sibylla Deen (Ankhe), Alexander Siddig (Amun), Kylie Bunbury (Suhad), Peter Gadiot (Ka), Iddo Goldberg (Lagus), Nonso Anozie (General Horemheb), Alistair Toovey (Nahkt), Steve Toussaint (King Tushratta), Kaizer Akhtar (Young Tut), Geoffrey Burton (Chief Physician), Leon Lopez (Sete), Alexander Lyras (General Yuya), Daniela Lavender (Herit), Steve Chusak (Paraneffer), Ismael Kanater (Priest of Sobek), Silas Carson (Akhenaten), Dwane Walcott (Prince Tis'ata), Gloria Crampton (Maiden Hamala), Fatime Ezzahara (Maiden), El Jaouhari (Maiden), Nadia Silva (Ankhe's Maiden), Joelle Coutinho (Merwi), Karim Doukkali (Commander), Mansour Badri (Mitanni Guard), Habib Hamdane (Mitanni General), Abdellah Chakiri (Mitanni Soldier), Abdesalam Bouncini (Mitanni Soldier), Houssin Djitti (Suhad's Father), Soumaya Samba (Suhad's Mother), Mohamed Boussalem (Horemheb Guard), Hatim Seddiki (Man (Inn)), Ben Aïssa El Jirari (Guard (Inn)), Mourad Zaoui (Guard (Quarantine)), Said Bey (Unseemly Man), Zoubida Akif (Decrepit Woman), Aizoun Abdelkader (Vendor), Med Taleb (Priest (of Amun's Temple)), Ait Hamou Amine (Pareneffer's Son), Russ Bain (Commander Horemheb), Stéphanie Guerin (Paraneffer's Wife), Joni Kamen (Suhad's Maiden), Kamil Lemieszewski (Sethi 1st), Raw Leiba (King Artatama II).

Tutankhamun, aka The Boy King, (ruled 1333-1324), and was only 19 years old when he died

 

 

Spoiler Warning: 

 

Part  I.

 

1332 B.C.  Egypt is the most powerful nation in the world.  Beset by internal strife, Pharaoh Akhenaten  has been poisoned by his most trusted servant.  His son, nine-year-old Tutankhamun, is about to be thrust into power. 

Thebes (800 kilometers (500 mi) south of the Mediterranean).   Akhenaten is about to execute a man named Paraneffer, if he does not tell the pharaoh who paid him for his treachery. To get him to talk, they threaten Paraneffer that they will drag his wife behind a chariot until she is dead.  Paraneffer will never tell, so they carry out the dragging of the wife.  Then Paraneffer is disemboweled by General Horemheb. 

 The pharaoh tells Tutankhamun, who suffers from a limp, that he will soon be dead from the poison administered to him.  Therefore, he wants to secure the blood line succession .  He must now immediately wed his sister.  But first, Tutankhamun must kill Paraneffer's son.  Tutankhamun, however, says no to doing the deed.  Pharaoh is so angered by this that he leaves the throne room with the assistance of General Horemheb.  Ay tells the boy that it's all right.  It will come in time.  He then assures the boy that he will serve him faithfully, and will protect him. 

10 years later.  Tutankhamun is practicing his swordsmanship with his friend Ka.  Ka teaches Tutankhamun, but he also gives him advise.  Ka thinks that the Vizier has too much power, and he tells the pharaoh this.  Tutankhamun doesn't want to hear this.  Ka says that the priest also has too much power and takes advantage of the people.  Meanwhile, the enemy Mitanni steal food and crops from the kingdom.  [The Mitanni was a Hurrian-speaking state in northern Syria and southeast Anatolia from ca. 1500 BC–1300 BC.]  Ka adds that he hasn't really seen the pharaoh do anything, including never see any of his people. 

The high-priest comes to visit the pharaoh.  He wants permission to force the easterners to pay their taxes in full.  The vizier speaks up telling the priest to go ahead and do it.  The pharaoh doesn't like this, but the vizier overrules him telling the priest that he has been given permission, so the priest needs to leave now.  Pharaoh doesn't put up any further resistance. 

The young Pharaoh goes out as a common person and mingles with the people.  He is robbed  of his money.  Then he's admonished by the local policeman for being in this type of neighborhood.

Back in the palace, pharaoh tells his wife/sister that if they are to survive, they must have a child of their own.  Sister agrees and says every morning she prays to the god of fertility. 

On one of his forays amongst the people, Tutankhamun meets a pretty, common woman.  He assists her and she buys him a beer.  As she goes to leave the tavern, a military officer grabs her, saying that he'll taken any woman he wants.  Tutankhamun intervenes and tells the soldier to choose another woman.  The officer starts to draw his weapon, but the local policeman intervenes and tells the officer that General Yuya is asking for him.  The officer leaves the tavern.  Now the policeman suggests that the young man might be a Mitanni spy.  He insists that the young man go with him to check out a new encampment not far from Thebes. 

Meanwhile, Ka and the queen meet and kiss.  She then protests that their chance of a decent future ended the day she married Tutankhamun.  He warns her that he will not wait for the next world to be with her. 

The policeman uses Tutankhamun as a person who will draw out the men at the camp.  He doesn't think the youngster will survive the confrontation, but Tutankhamun surprises him by killing the two men sitting around a fire.  Another man comes up behind the lad, but the policeman kills the man with a spear.  After the job is done, the policeman curses the pharaoh.  This upsets Tutankhamun and he asks what does the policeman know of the pharaoh?  They, he says, have been told that the pharaoh is a cripple with a face so scarred that children weep in his presence.  And the worst of it is that the Mitanni know the pharaoh is weak, and they and others take advantage of the kingdom.  Tutankhamun asks who are these "others" that he speaks of?  He has heard that they maneuver against the pharaoh, and that includes General Horemheb himself. 

Back in the palace, Tutankhamun starts demanding to be more included in the discussions of Horemheb and the vizier.  He surprises the advisors by saying that they will not move their thousand troops to the village of El Hiba and their 5,000 troops to wait outside Memphis,, without the pharaoh's permission.  He even accuses the general of deceiving his pharaoh.  The vizier speaks up to defend the general saying none of his plans have yet been even finalized.   Tutankhamun says neither the general nor the vizier have the authority to wage war without the pharaoh's approval.  He also lets them know that he is aware that the Mitnni have moved against the Egyptian forces at Amurru on the northern border.  Furthermore, he says their kingdom is in danger of being overrun. 

.Tutankhamun has another surprise for his advisors.  He says the time to go to war is right now.  They will push back the Mitanni to their borders, and that's it. 

Tutankhamun now tells Ka to forget about his sister so that he may have an heir to rule in the future.  Ka now says Tutankhamun is no longer in need of his services and withdraws. 

The vizier has problems with his own son.  The young lad tells his father that he's no longer a child.  The lad also reminds the vizier that he's not his biological son.  Ay says that's true but he promised the boy's mother that he would take are of her son.  He adds that there will be a new heir soon to replace Tutankhamun. The adopted son, Kahkt, shows no real interest in the subject.  At least, not for right now.

Tutankhamun tries to win the vizier over to his side.  He says the general wants to conquer the civilized world, and once he's done that he will move against the pharaoh.  So the pharaoh must move against the general.  Ay says that the problem is that the pharaoh is not ready to lead his men into battle.  Tutankhamun replies that he has no choice but to force himself to become the troops' real leader.

The queen calls for Ka.  They meet and kiss.  They become very passionate. 

In the morning, the army marches out of Thebes toward the enemy with the pharaoh in front flanked by the general and Ka.   

Amurru Encampment.  General Horemheb tells his officers that the Mitanni have only 5,000 men and the Egyptians will drive them from their encampment.  The general and the pharaoh clash against each other on the overall objective of the battle plan and about the specifics of that plan.  The policeman now sees and realizes that the young lad he has been admonishing is none other than the pharaoh himself. 

Mitanni Fortress.  The military commander calls for his men to start marching.

Tutankhamun tells the policeman Lagus that he is grateful to him for remaining silent when the man suddenly realized who he really is.  The pharaoh says he will have Lagus at his side soon. 

The two armies meet on the battlefield and fight to a stalemate.  Tutankhamun now tells Horemheb to prepare the archers to fire on the enemy's southern position so he and others may draw that section from the battlefield.  Horemheb reluctantly tells his officers to carry out the plan.

Tutankhamun leads a fake retreat and the enemy chases them.  Tutankhamun runs to the town and sets his archers up in good positions.  The enemy runs into a heavy ambush.  The problem is that there's a great many Mitanni fighters descending on them.  Tutankhamun, Ka and Lagus fight together against the enemy.  The pharaoh receives a bad wound in his side.  Lagus gets surrounded, is knocked out and is captured.  Tutankhamun loses consciousness amidst many dead bodies.

Horemheb sees that his pharaoh still lives, but he does nothing to help Tutankhamun.

The Mittani have withdrawn within their own borders. Horemheb tells Ka to be on his side as they they return in triumph to Thebes.  Ka says they cannot leave without the body of the pharaoh.  Horemheb replies that there's nobody to be found.  The general now tells one of his officers to search everywhere for the pharaoh's body, which will definitely not be taken back to Thebes.  Meanwhile, Horemheb sends a message to the vizier that the pharaoh is dead.  The queen is very upset when the vizier tells her what happened to her husband/brother. 

Lagus is driven with the other prisoners of war to the Mitanni fortress.  The Mittani commander says the next army to advance will be the Mittani army. 

The Egyptian army comes home to Thebes as conquering heroes.  The queen, however, does not like this celebratory atmosphere at all because the pharaoh is dead.  She scolds Horemheb and Ka for their lack of any desire to honor the deceased pharaoh.  Ka even talks about marrying the queen  --  a subject the queen sees as inappropriate for discussion.  She leaves the room along with her female cousin. 

The vizier says to the high priest that the queen must marry in order to keep her family's dynasty intact.  The priest worries that they will be too close of a relationship between Horemheb, who despises the priests, and Ka.  The vizier agrees that Horemheb is a danger to Egypt because of his military ambitions.

The queen asks the vizier how long has he coveted the pharaoh's position?   Ay says he has never even wished to have the position, but he points out that he and she should work together to prevent others from trying to take the role of pharaoh for themselves. 

Amurru. The pharaoh is still alive, but suffering from his wounds.  He sees the woman who bought the pharaoh a beer in the tavern and asks her to help him.  Riders come toward the two people and the pharaoh tells the woman that he cannot be discovered by even his own people at this time.  So the young woman tells the four man detail that she has not seen any Egyptian bodies on the battlefield. The men believe her and continue on.  The woman then goes back to tend to the young man.  She takes him to her village.  The woman asks him why do his own people want him dead?  Tutankhamun only says that he must get back to Thebes.  The woman says he's not going anywhere until she helps him mend his side wound. 

Tutankhamun asks for the lady's name.  It's Suhad.  She is half Mitanni and half Egyptian.  Her mother was raped by an Egyptian invader. 

The high priest suggests to Horemheb that not finding the body of the pharaoh must cause him great guilt.   Horemheb recognizes that the priest is trying to draw him out on the subject, and walks away from the man.

Ay returns to the queen to tell her that if Ka is made the pharaoh, then General Horemheb will rule their country.  He adds that the key necessity for them is survival.  A little later, Ay warns Ka that Horemheb is not his friend.  Ka says, and Ay is also not his friend.  Ay agrees, but then reminds Ka that the vizier is a friend of the queen. 

The pharaoh is now walking with the help of a walking stick.  Suhad figures out that her friend is really the pharaoh when her father says that the pharaoh's body was never found on the battlefield and Thebes will soon pick another pharaoh.  In private Suhad confronts her friend.  He admits that he is the pharaoh.  He says he needs to get to see a man he trusts who was captured by the Mittani.  Suhad knows where the prisoners of war are kept and will take the pharaoh there.  At first, Tutankhamun says no, but Suhad convinces him that it will be so much easier if they both went to find his companion.     

They both ride a horse.  At night, the pharaoh and Suhad kiss.  Later they have sex in their tent.  (brief, partial nudity)

Mittani Fortress.  Tutankhamun and Suhad arrive outside the fortress. 

The queen tells Ay that Ka will make a good pharaoh and Ay will stay as the vizier and help them keep Horemheb in check.  She tells Ay to make all the arrangements. 

Suhad takes Tutankhamun to the prisoner of war camp.  She goes alone up to the fence.  Then Tutankhamun catches the glance of his friend Lagus.  Meanwhile, Suhad flirts with the main guard.  Tutankhamun sneaks up behind the guard and knocks him out with a rock.  Then Tutankhamun and Suhad enter the prison and are joined there by Lagus.  The three of them escape through the back gate.  They hide in a structure and the guards go by them.  Dead bodies of men hang by hooks from the ceiling and Suhad has a real struggle to stop herself from screaming out at the sight. 

Ka comes to see the queen.  They kiss.  Meanwhile, Kahkt comes to see his father to asks if it's all over now.  Ka will be pharoah.  Kahkt is very angry at his father for not taking full advantage of the great opportunity they both had.  This makes Ay extremely mad and he balls out his son.  He says they will have opportunity again to make their own history. 

Ka and the queen have sex together (brief nudity), as the pharaoh, Suhad and Lagus get away from the Mitanni in a horse drawn chariot.  

 

Part II.

The queen tells Ka that they are with child.  They are both very happy about that. 

Ka and the queen are going to be married, but now the pharaoh with his two companions arrive in Thebes.  While the ceremony is being performed, Tutankhamun appears before the high priest.  Ka gives over the symbols of the pharaoh to Tutankhamun.   Tutankhamun goes over to Ka and whispers to him that he is a betrayer.  In front of everyone, Tutankhamun kills Ka with his knife.  The queen cries over his body.  Ay and Horemheb bow to the king.  Now the pharaoh comes out to show himself before his people.  He yells out that he is their pharaoh. 

The queen tells her brother that Ka was never anything except a pawn in the struggles for power.  Tutankhamun suggests that maybe it was sister who was the pawn or maybe she and Ka conspired against her brother.   The queen says she will never forgive her brother for what he has done. 

Tutankhamun plans to execute General Horemheb.  He tells Suhad that he will make her his wife. Suhad wonders if she, a Mittani, will be accepted by the Egyptian people.

A plague descends upon Tutankhamun's soldiers. The vizier warns Tutankhamun not to hold a public execution of General Horemheb, but the young pharaoh is determined to show the people the price traitors will have to pay for their betrayal. 

The queen protests about her brother taking Suhad as a wife.  She says the woman is a peasant and a Mitani.  Tutankhamun tells her to leave Suhad alone. 

Tutankhamun now takes on the high priest telling the man that the people will no longer have to pay a tribute to the gods. 

Suhad tells Tutankhamun that he should form an alliance with the Mitanni.  Tutankhamun tells the queen about the idea.  She can't believe that her brother would even consider the Mitanni as they are the sworn enemies of Egypt.  He says that they can wed their female cousin Herit to the son of the king of the Metanni.  The queen reminds Tutankhamun that in the end they only have each other to rely on. 

Herit accepts the idea and is sent to to the Metanni.

The day arrives for the execution of Horemheb, but Horemheb's army backs him up. Horemheb is allowed to escape.  Tutankhamun is told of the escape and he quickly gathers  a large force of men and they stop Horemheb.  At this time the dead body of Herit is returned to the Egyptians.  This ends the pharaoh's attempt at making the Metanni allies of the Egyptians.  So now Tutankhamun will not execute Horemheb, at least for the moment.  He needs the help of the general.  After the defeat of the Metanni, Horemheb's ultimate fate can be determined. 

The queen gets her brother to have sex again with her.  At first, Tutankhamun says no, but sister is determined to have her baby and let everyone think that the father is the pharaoh.  The queen is pleased, but Suhad is not happy about it.  Tutankhamun tells her he's sorry, but if he has an heir by his sister, that child would have to be his natural heir.  

Tutankhamun frees Horemheb to lead the army into battle against the Metanni. 

The queen solidifies the alliance with the high priest, who assures her that she will give birth to a god. 

Tutankhamun tells the vizier about his problems with his army that has been so decimated by the plague.  He is not convinced that he can defeat the Metanni. 

The queen brings news that she is pregnant. 

Mitanni Fortress. The Metanni commander is ready to attack the Egyptians.  He says Egypt and its boy king are about to be wiped from history. 

Tutankhamun decides to quarantine all those who are sick in Thebes.  One of those put into isolation is the son of the vizier.  When the plague still continues to spread, the pharaoh decides to rid Thebes of its sick people. 

The queen starts bleeding and cries at the thought that she might lose this baby too.  Tutankhamun tries to console his sister saying that none of this is her fault, but the queen feels that she did betray her brother and now the gods are punishing her for this.  The pharaoh is distraught thinking that his dynasty will end with his own death.  The vizier tells him no.  His dynasty will live on.  He then tells Tutankhamun about his child with Suhad.  The pharaoh goes to see Suhad.  He is cheered up by the news.

The queen tells Suhad that her parents have come to Thebes, but they were not allowed into the palace because of their being outsiders.  The parents are now living at an inn.  Suhad says she will go find her parents.  The queen sends her most trusted guard, named Sete, with Suhad to protect her. 

Sete leads the way to the inn and Suhad goes inside.  The place looks more like a barn and the place is packed.  Some of the people are sick with the plague.  Suhad looks around for her parents, but they are not there.  She tries to get out, but the guards just ignore her.  She has been set up by the queen.  And now the guards are taking the people out of the barn.  The people are forced into a larger structure and oil is poured on the walls.  Flaming torches are then thrown onto the oil and the place goes up in flames.  Suhad does her best to get away from the flames.  She eventually falls down on the ground, overcome by smoke inhalation.

 

 

Part III.

Tutankhamun is worried because Suhad cannot be found.  Lugas reports to the pharaoh that a guard told  him that he saw Suhad leaving the queen's chambers earlier.  Tutankhamun asks the queen about it and she says Suhad came to her to ask about going to see her parents in Amarru.  The queen says she told Suhad to wait until the current crisis was over, but she left the palace anyways.  Lugas will now be in charge of a thorough hunt for Suhad by all the guards, including the queen's guards. 

Nahkt demands to know from his physician why, since he is now well, is he still being held prisoner?  The physician says that his father wants his son to stay here for awhile longer. 

Nahkt leaves his quarters and goes to speak to his father about Suhad.  Dad says that Suhad is pregnant and Nahkt knows that there cannot be an heir to the throne.  He adds that he doesn't know what happened to Suhad.  Nahkt is skeptical about that and goes to see if he can find Suhad. 

Lugas joins in the search for Suhad among the dead.  He finds her body in amongst the dead, but detects a notable pulse. 

Horemheb tells the pharaoh that King Tushratta is building an alliance with other tribes.  He has allied himself with the Hittites and with Kadesh as well.  Ay says these are all nomadic tribes, but Horemheb says that these nomads now have in common the desire to destroy Egypt. They will follow King Tushratta to that end. 

Lugas tells the pharaoh to follow him.  The doctor says that Suhad is in a grave condition, but she's still alive.  Lugas tells Tutankhamun that Suhad was in the quarantine area about to be carted of to the pits.  The doctor adds that her lungs were scorched from the inside.  Brother asks sister if she knew about this, but the queen just says no.  Afterwards, Ay wants to have Sete killed, but the queen  says no.  She will arrange it so that the pharaoh's guard will not reach Sete.

The queen is alone with Sete, thanking him for his loyal service.  She then slits his throat. 

The Mitanni are on the move.  Prince Tus'aata goes to talk to the pharaoh.  He tells Tutankhamun that the Mitannin and their allies outnumber the pharaoh's men by a ratio of 5 to 1.  His father, King Tushratta, offers a peace settlement with the Mitanni.  Egypt will relinquish its capital and all territories south will remain under Egypt's control.  The pharaoh says he will think about the peace terms. 

Tutankhamun now comes forth with his own terms.  He tells the Mitanni prince that while the Egyptians suffer under the plague, the Mitanni are suffering from starvation.  So the Egyptians will send the Mitanni 100 carts stocked with bread, millet and wine  -- enough to feed the people until the rains come again.  If the Mitanni king does not accept his offer, the Egyptians will fight to the death and will burn all their food supplies and their agricultural fields.  The prince leaves to inform his king.

Horemheb doesn't like the plan at all.  He says that this will only strengthen the Mitanni and they will come at Egypt with their vast numbers and full stomachs.  Tutankhamun says he knows a way into the Mitanni palace.  He tells Horemheb to pick his 40 best soldiers to be part of a raiding party.  Then the high priest says the gods demand a tribute to them and they will give the pharaoh a great victory.  Tutankhamun answers:  "When this war is over, High Priest, the gods themselves will be devoted to me."  The high priest leaves.  In private Lagus tells the pharaoh that the high priest, in the absence of the pharaoh, will move against Tutankhamun.  Lagus recommends that the high priest should be arrested.  Tutankhamun says he will deal with the high priest soon enough and carefully. 

Valley of the Kings.  Tutankhamun and Ay tour the tombs of the Egyptian royals and also the building of Tutankhamun's own tomb.  He tells Ay that he must back the god Amun, in spite of resistance from the high priest.  And it will not be enough to just exile the high priest.  Ay knows that the high priest will be a formidable enemy. 

As the Egyptian raiding force leaves for Mitanni palace and fortress, the high priest preaches disloyalty to the pharaoh.  And, as soon as the pharaoh leaves, the queen plans to kill Suhad.  Ay tells the queen that she should calm herself.  The gods will take Suhad.  The queen grabs a long knife and goes after Suhad, but as she enters Suhad's chamber, a nurse says that the birth will begin shortly.  And now the queen and Ay both see Suhad sitting up, and quite awake.  The two send everyone from the room.  The two find out that Suhad has no memory of what happened to her.  Then the doctor arrives. 

The Mitanni force. The wine jars are mostly filled with resin.  In the night, the commandoes send flaming arrows into the gift carts to start fires in the hay leading to the jugs exploding and spreading the fire everywhere.  Many of the Mitanni soldiers are engulfed in fire. 

Now the commandoes race toward a hole in the walls of the fortress.  They have to dispatch a group of men, but do so readily.  Then they enter the interior of the fortress through the hole.  They fight their way into the palace.  Here the commandoes are ambushed by a group of guards, but they are triumphant over the guards.  The prince is killed by Lagus and now Tutankhamun goes after the Mitanni king.  As the Mitanni killed the Egyptian royal cousin Herit, the pharaoh now thrusts his long knife through the back of the king's head and the blade travels through the mouth and outside of the mouth.  Horemheb and the men arrive and kneel before the pharaoh. 

Thebes.  Suhad asks to see Sete but is told that he went to care for his family in Koptos.  She talks with Ay about things relating to her near-death that she now remembers.  The problem is that she can't remember the part that the queen planned in Suhad's drama.  Suhad says that she will not tell the pharaoh about what happened to her.  After talking with Suhad, Ay goes to talk with the queen telling her that Suhad remembers. Furthermore, Suhad is going to tell the pharaoh about what happened to her.  The queen seeks solace in her belief that Suhad is just not clever enough to put the whole story together for herself. 

Suhad seeks help from Nahkt.  She wants to send a message to the pharaoh before his return to Thebes.  She tells Nahkt that she carries the pharaoh's heir and she will be made queen.  She hands a scroll to Nahkt. 

Ay speaks to the high priest, telling him not to make a move unless he tells the high priest to move. 

Nahkt tells his father about Suhad's message to the pharaoh.  He says that Suhad writes that Ay is going to kill her to insure there is no heir for the pharaoh.  Nahkt wants to know from his father if he going to kill Suhad?  His father says yes, he will.  Nakht declares his allegiance to his father. 

Ay shows the letter to the queen and she burns the letter.  She then tells Ay that she will need his help. 

Lugas and the pharaoh head alone for Thebes.  During the night, the queen awakens Suhad and smashes her head with a small statue.  She then starts to choke Suhad.   It's a battle, but the queen succeeds in killing Suhad. 

Tutankhamun arrives to find Suhad dead.  He kisses her face and cries over her body.  Ay comes in and Tutankhamun wants to know what happened?  Ay says nothing. 

Tutankhamun comes to see his sister.  She says she was protecting both herself and her pharaoh.  Tutankhamun tells his guards to imprison the queen. 

The high priest comes to see the pharaoh.  The two men hate each other immensely and will soon be locked in a battle for the power of the pharaoh.   

Ay comes to see the queen in her cell.  He tells her that there are forces at work that are beyond his abilities to control them. 

The doctor tells Tutankhamun that by nightfall he will be dead unless his left leg is removed. 

The high priest goes to Horemheb and asks him if he will support them in getting rid of the pharaoh.  Ay is with the high priest and assures Horemheb that once the pharaoh is dead, Horemheb will be in full control of the army.  Everyone faithful to the pharaoh must also be killed.

The people are celebrating the pharaoh's victory over the Mitanni.  Ay and the pharaoh come out to say hello to the crowd.  Tutankhamun has to keep his bad leg hidden from the crowd.  Meanwhile, the various conspirators are taking up their positions to carry out a coup d'etat. 

Horemheb is heartily applauded at his arrival before the people.  The priests have their long knives at the ready.  The coup is about to begin, but when the priests try to kill the pharaoh, he is gone.  And now the soldiers near the priests slit the priests' throats.  Other priests are hit by arrows. 

Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb and Lugas pay the high priest a visit.  The pharaoh tells him that all his priests are dead.  Tutankhamun now slits the high priest's throat. Now the pharaoh collapses and Horemheb takes him to his bed. Ay sends everyone out of the room.  Lugas goes to bring the pharaoh's sister to see her brother.

Brother tells sister that he will not be remembered.  Sister disagrees.  She says they both will be remembered.  She agrees to stay with him until his end. 

The pharaoh dies.  A funeral procession is held for him.  Ay and the queen ride together on the palanquin. 

 

Vizier Ay quickly moved to marry Ankhesenamun and secure the throne for himself.   Tutankhamun was buried in the Valley of the Gods.  Ay saw that Tut was buried in a lesser tomb, one whose occupant would never be known.  All knowledge of Tutankhamun was erased.  His tomb remained undiscovered for over three thousand years.

 

The historians don't know much about Tutankhamun.  So that leaves the fiction writers with a lot of lee-way in constructing an interesting story.  But it's mostly fiction.  Read the historical  background to see how far a field the writers got. 

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.

 

 

 


Historical Background:

 

Tutankhamun was the son of Akhenaten (formerly Amenhotep IV) and one of Akhenaten's sisters, or perhaps one of his cousins.

1333 BC  --  he ascended to the throne, at the age of nine or ten, taking the throne name NebkheperureHis wet-nurse was a woman called Maia, and his teacher was most likely Sennedjem.  Tut married his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten, who later changed her name to Ankhesenamun.

Two of Tut's advisors were General Horemheb and the Vizier Ay.

He reversed several of his father's rules.  Tut ended the worship of the god Aten and restored the god Amun to supremacy.  The capital was moved back to Thebes and the city of Akhetaten abandoned.

At Karnak in Thebes,  Tut dedicated a temple to Amun.

Tut had battles with Nubians and Asiatics, but he did not participate in the battles.

Tut had numerous disabilities and walked with a cane.  He caught multiple malarial infections during his lifetime.

Although there is some speculation that Tutankhamun was assassinated, the consensus is that his death was accidental.

 

 

 

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