A Note on Historical Accuracy

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I love doing research! I enjoy the way each new fact leads me to something else, a fresh insight, another avenue to explore.

When I began writing my Gods of Egypt paranormal romances, I had some familiarity with ancient Egyptian history and daily life but then I immersed myself in reading and studying everything I could get my hands on to become even more well versed in the lore.

Until the point I realized the research had become the work. I wasn’t writing!

I’d gotten so mesmerized by what I was learning, I’d lost sight of my actual goal – to provide my characters with the appropriate and believable setting for their adventures.  I wasn’t trying to write purely historical fiction. My characters could not dwell in the real ancient Egypt because the men and women I write about interact with the gods, may have unusual abilities, go places that don’t exist and experience events that – sadly – couldn’t have happened beside the Nile of our world.

010The various novels are set in roughly 1550 BCE, but since I’m working with an alternate universe, my pharaoh Nat-re-Akhte doesn’t appear on any list of Egyptian kings. His story combines selected elements of various historical rulers, along with his own unique experiences and challenges. The same applies to the men and women over whom he rules.  Nor will any ancient map lead you to the nomes or provinces  where action and romance occurs  in Nat-re-Akhte’s Egypt.

Egyptian mythology  and history are so rich in wonderful detail that I pick and choose which ingredients to mix into each adventure I write. There may even be some conscious anachronisms, for which I beg your indulgence. (The Egyptian ‘monetary’ system of deben didn’t involve actual coins, for example.)

At one point, early on, I tried calling the land my pharaoh rules something other than “Egypt” but, come on, who was I kidding?  If the Nile is flowing and the lotus flowers are blooming, while the gods Osiris, Anubis, Isis and Thoth are taking a hand in human events, we must be in Egypt. I welcome you to that world and hope you will return as often as you like!

Research

For anyone interested here is a partial list of books I consulted while writing my stories set in Ancient Egypt:

George Hart, PhD., The British Museum London, Ancient Egypt

Robert Hamilton, Ancient Egypt Kingdom of the Pharaohs

Mary G. Houston, Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian & Persian Costume

Tom Tierney, Ancient Egyptian Fashions

Tom Tierney, Ancient Egyptian Costumes

Zahi Hawass, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

Fergus Fleming & Alan Lothian, The Way to Eternity – Egyptian Myth

Bruce LaFontaine, Gods of Ancient Egypt

T. G. H. James, Egypt Treasures of the Great Pharoahs

Lisa Reid, Tutankhamun & The Golden Age of the Pharaohs

Lionel Casson, Great Ages of Man: Ancient Egypt

Joann Fletcher, Ancient Egypt Life, Myth & Art

M. T. Guatoli & S. Rambaldi, Lost Cities From The Ancient World

E. A. Wallis Budge, Book of the Dead – Papyrus of Ani

Richard H. Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Roy Willis, General Editor, World Mythology

Lorna Oakes and Lucia Gahlin, Ancient Egypt, An Illustrated Reference to the Myths, Religions, Pyramids and Temples

John L. Foster, Echoes of Egyptian Voices, an Anthology of Ancient Egyptian Poetry

John L. Foster, Love Songs of the New Kingdom

Carolyn Graves Brown, Dancing for Hathor, Women in Ancient Egypt

Edward Wente, Letters from Ancient Egypt

Miral Lashien, The Chapel of Kahai and His Family, The Australian Centre for EGyptology

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