-Howard Carter, November 26, 1922
King Nebkheperure Tutankhaten has been "ruling" Egypt for about five years, since shortly after the suspicious deaths of Ankhkheperure-Djesrkheperu Smenkhkare, the Great Royal Wife Meritaten, and one of their infant daughters, Ankhesenpaaten ta-Sherit. Sharing Tutankhaten's throne in Amarna is his young queen, Ankhesenpaaten, the third daughter of Neferkheperure-Waenre Akhenaten and Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti. Although the country is in a state of relative peace (thanks to the careful hands of Tutankahten's adivsors, especially the God's Father Ay and General Horemheb) chaos reigns in the palaces and estates of Akhetaten...
The "Criminal," Akhenaten, has been dead for over six years; his Queen, Nefertiti, for about four. The sun is setting on their dream: Atenism is dying. Without one of the famed royal couple alive, Ay and Horemheb are working to destroy Akhenaten's visionary work.
A daughter of Smenkhkare and Meritaten survives, placed in the care of nobles and renamed for her protection. There are also the queen's younger sisters -- Neferneferuaten-TaSherit, Neferneferure & Setepenre -- to keep track of, and King Tutankhaten and Queen Ankhesenpaaten have (reluctantly) agreed to alter their names and move the court and government away for Akhetaten. They now rule from Memphis (Mennefer) as Pharaoh Nebkheperure Tutankhamen and the King's Great Wife Ankhesenamen.
King Nebkheperure Tutankhamen (Tutankhaten), age 15; Lord of the Two Lands
Queen Ankhesenamen (Ankhesenpaaten), age 17; King's Great Wife
Princess Neferneferuaten-TaSherit, age 14 1/2; Queen's Sister
Princess Neferneferure, age 13 1/2; Queen's Sister
Princess Setepenre, age 13; Queen's Sister
Lord Maya, Royal Treasurer
Lady Merit, age 20
Sitre (Meritaten ta-Sherit), age 4 1/2
Ay & Tey
Horemheb & Mutnodjmet
Duat & Tia
Amennu Senmuth, Henut-Taneb, Ramose & Ramses
For more on Tut's Court: click here
The Amarna Novel
Everywhere the Glint of Gold, RP.
Everywhere the Glint of Gold, discussion