For fans of Egyptian history (and Michelle Moran)

A few days ago I was visiting the Louvre with my Mom and we were admiring the extraordinary Egyptian Antiquities Department there. One of my favorite places in the museum is the suite of Charles X rooms.

Collections of Egyptian art, dating back thousands of years, displayed in a gorgeous 1820s Egyptian-style setting, especially designed to house them. It doesn’t get much better than that.

It put me in mind of Michelle Moran’s new novel, The Heretic Queen. The heroine is no other than Nefertari, the most influential consort of Ramesses II. Michelle is, of course, the author of the best-selling Nefertiti and the blog History Buff. Check out her website and the list of goodies you could win:

* a signed copy of The Heretic

* a large box of Nefertiti-shaped milk chocolates
* a 14kt gold Nefertiti pendant
* a matching 14kt gold Nefertiti bracelet
* a matching 14kt gold Nefertiti anklet
* a Nefertiti
DVD (Discovery Channel)
* and finally an authentic Egyptian alabaster cosmetic vessel, circa 1500 BC.

Of course, authors, I included, often give away copies of their books. The chocolates are quite nice too, the jewelry still better, but antiques! If you read this, Michelle, I think you are setting the bar rather high for the rest of us…

Anyway, to enter the contest, all you have to do is answer two fun questions on Michelle’s website. I did, and will keep my fingers crossed. But hurry: this ends on September 30!

I should also note that we Egyptian history buffs are spoiled this year, with several upcoming exhibitions of great interest: Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, opening on October 3 at the Dallas Museum of Art, and Bonaparte et l’Egypte: Feu et Lumière
(“Bonaparte and Egypt: Fire and Light”) opening on October 6 at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. I will give more details on both shortly. Also, starting on November 15, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta.

Louvre picture credits: Rama

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