The Earl and the Pharaoh: From the real Downton Abbey to the Discovery of Tutankhamun

Speaker: The Countess of Carnarvon

Fri, 16 Sep 2022

About the lecture:

Lady Carnarvon will describe the way the discovery of the tomb of the boy-pharaoh in November 1922 transformed our understanding of Ancient Egypt, and was the sensation of the day. Howard Carter was the lead archaeologist, but the years of excavation were funded and engineered by George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Her investigations into the family’s archives have thrown new light on the lustrous settings and striking characters in this fascinating story, as well as the ‘twists’ of luck and tragedy that shaped Herbert’s life. There is currently a fine exhibition at the Bodleian’s Weston Library in Oxford called: ‘Tutankhamun: excavating the archive‘, which provides more on the achievements of Carnarvon and Carter.

The talk will take place in the Chantry House, next to Henley Parish Church, and will be a ticketed event. The room to be used is on the first floor of the Chantry House and does not have lift access, but the flight of stairs is about the same difficulty as we are used to at our usual venue, the King’s Arms Barn.


Our lecturer: The Countess of Carnarvon

Lady Carnarvon is an award-winning author, having written New York Times Bestsellers including Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, Christmas at Highclere, and Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey. She is the wife of the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, with whom she lives at the family home of Highclere Castle, otherwise known as the real Downton Abbey.