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The Black Pharaoh

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Five centuries after Ramses the empire seems to be hurtling towards irretrievable ruin. Piankhy the Black Pharaoh governs his kingdom from the South with wisdom and kindness. He has only one desire: that the gods should once again dwell in a united Egypt. But the price to pay is a heavy one.
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 3rd 2000 by Pocket Books (first published January 2nd 1985)
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Translated by Sue Dyson

Opening quote: And the sun rose over the earth, as a new day dawned. Stele of Piankhy

Opening: When she saw her husband returning from the temple, the village headman's wife tried to make herself believe that he was carrying a sack of wheat on his shoulders.

In Egypt, great changes within the 23rd and 24th dynasties led to rule from Nubia in the 25th Dynasty. From wiki (always frill-free, if at times inaccurate!): Piye (once transliterated as Piankhi d. 721 BC) was a Kushite
This book takes the reader to the time of The Black Pharaoh, who reigned for a little over thirty years (747-715 BC). As the ruler of Upper and Lower Egypt, he was faced with a great enemy –Tefnakht, who in his desire for power wanted to take everything that the Black Pharaoh had. In this story on one side we have hunger for power, greed and injustice and on the other we have great faith, justice and a fight for the rights for all men.

This story could have been full of unnecessary violence, los
Rita Monticelli
Alla riconquista dell'Egitto

Leggere un libro di Jacq è come visitare un vecchio amico. Sebbene le storie siano diverse, le atmosfere, il carisma dei personaggi, i sentimenti descritti e la loro fierezza convergono nel raccontarci la personale visione che l'autore ha dell'antico Egitto, un po' mitica, un po' magica e po' storica.
La figura del faraone nubiano, per quanto si discosti in origini e indole da quella tanto celebrata di Ramses o a quella dei faraoni della trilogia de "La regina libertà
Tinha imensa curiosidade de ler Christian Jacq, pois gosto muito da temática do Egipto faraónico. No entanto, fiquei um pouco desiludida com a narrativa, sem grande acção ou emoção. Como este foi o único que li até agora não sei dizer se serão todos deste nível ou se apenas tive azar.
Patrick Bättig
Die Geschichte eines scharzen Pharaos der von Nubien aus ganz Ägypten erobert und sich gegen ein lybischen Stammes fürsten durchsetzt, der bis anhin über das Delta geherrscht hatte.
✿ Deni
I used to like Jacq's books very much but this one was a bit disappointing.

Set in Ancient Egypt, it tells the story of the Black Pharaoh, but from a very unrealistic point of view and telling us about the 'magic' in the pharaoh's life: the connection he had with nature, with animals, and with the land of Egypt.

It is nice because of the historical period it is set in but it is more a fantasy novel than historical novel.
Es curiosamente, bien diferente a los libros de Ramses, y muestra al Faraon nubio Pianjy retomando el control de Egipto, que esta en manos de los Libios, en el siglo 7 a.c. Es interesante en que muestra otro lado del Antiguo Egipto.
I love Jacq's take on history, even though I don't think it comes anywhere near to being the truth. It makes for a great story; Ancient Egypt comes alive in his writing. I've enjoyed everything I've read by him.
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Before anyone asks, NO, I did NOT read this in Spanish!!! It was the only Cover I could find on Goodreads....

The story itself was pure Christian Jacq, simply told with no frills, but enjoyable nevertheless.
Sarà che ormai di Jacq ne avevo fin sopra i capelli, ma ho trovato questo romanzo decisamente noioso e senza il minimo fascino evocativo.
couldnt get into this book despite having enjoyed his other works. Interestingly my brother also felt the same way about this one.
Alfonso Rojo Ramírez
El Egipto de los faraones puesto al dia
An entertaining story.
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Christian Jacq is a French author and Egyptologist. He has written several novels about ancient Egypt, notably a five book suite about pharaoh Ramses II, a character whom Jacq admires greatly.

Jacq's interest in Egyptology began when he was thirteen, and read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacques Pirenne. This inspired him to write his first novel. He first visited Egypt when he was s
More about Christian Jacq...
Ramses: The Son of Light  (Ramses, #1) Ramses: The Battle of Kadesh (Ramses, #3) Ramses: The Eternal Temple (Ramses, #2) Ramses: The Lady of Abu Simbel (Ramses, #4) Ramses: Under the Western Acacia (Ramses, #5)

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