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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & the Curse of King Tut

Why were people receptive to the idea?
The idea of a 'Curse of the Pharaohs' was born following the death of Lord Carnarvon after the tomb of King Tut was excavated and the ideas of people like the famous author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The General Public were amazed at the unbelievable wealth, the amount of sold gold treasures, which were entombed with the minor pharaoh, Tutankhamun. This treasure had been buried, with its owner King Tut, for over 3000 years. His resting place had lain undisturbed until the discovery of the tomb. Is it surprising that the general public perhaps felt that it was wrong to disturb King Tut?

Perhaps people felt that the excavation was truly an act of violation and the idea of the Curse of King Tut was a justified form of revenge on any violators of his tomb. The respected novelist and doctor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also fascinated by the subject. The Curse of the Pharaohs and the Curse of King Tut ideas were fuelled by the famous novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Strange story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bertram Fletcher Robinson...
A friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle called Bertram Fletcher Robinson had died mysteriously in 1907 supposedly of typhoid. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did not believe this and in 1923 started to give interviews claiming that Bertram Fletcher Robinson had died of an ancient Egyptian curse.

Apparently Fletcher Robinson was an editor with the Daily Express and had been studying a female mummy in the British Museum in order to write some articles. In an interview about the cause of his friend's death Conan Doyle stated:

"It is impossible to say with absolute certainty if this is true. If we had proper occult powers we could determine it, but I warned Fletcher Robinson against concerning himself with the mummy at the British Museum.... I told him he was tempting fate by pursuing his inquiries, but he was fascinated and would not desist. Then he was overtaken by illness. The immediate cause of his death was typhoid fever, but that is the way in which the 'elementals' [curses] guarding the mummy might act."

What Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said about the Curse of King Tut
On the day that news of the death of Lord Carnarvon reached England Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was being interviewed by a newspaper reported from the Times. When the journalist mentioned the death of Lord Carnarvon Sir Arthur Conan Doyle repeated his views that the death could have been of a result of "elementals" or "curses" created by ancient priests to guard the tomb of King Tut. The story made headlines the world over. The "Curse of the Pharaohs" and the "Curse of King Tut" was given additional credence from a respected author and doctor.

The Curse of King Tut - Short Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Short Biography & facts about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous Egyptologist. The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

  • Nationality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: British

  • Father: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the son of Charles Altamont Doyle his mother was Mary Foley Doyle

  • Lifespan: 1859 - 1930

  • Born: 22 May 1859

  • Education of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Educated at a Roman Catholic prep. school, Stonyhurst College and eventually studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh

  • Career: Novelist and doctor

  • Interests: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an agnostic and was interested in all subjects relating to the occult, mysticism and spiritualism

  • Married: In 1885 he married Louisa Hawkins. His second wife was Jean Leckie who he married in 1907

  • Died: 7 July 1930

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was famous as a novelist including his famous book Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles. His opinion and interest in the occult lead to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fuelling the legends and myths surrounding the Curse of King Tut

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a short story called "Lot No. 249" in 1892 telling of an Oxford student having bought a mummy at an auction. Another of his books was called "The Ring of Thoth" which he wrote in 1890

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & the Curse of King Tut
Each section of the King Tut website addresses all topics and provides interesting facts and information about the Golden Age of Pharaohs and of Egypt. The Sitemap provides full details of all of the information and facts provided about the fascinating subject of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun including facts and information about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & the Curse of King Tut!

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