- Chief Wife: His chief wife and consort was Queen Mutnedjmet, a daughter of Ay
- He became Pharaoh immediately after the death of Ay who had usurped the throne
- He reigned between 1321 BC -1292 BC
- Pharaoh Horemheb restored the old religion from monotheism (the worship of one god) which had been favored during the reigns of Arkhenaten, Tutankhamun and Ay to the old polytheistic religion, with many gods
Did Horemheb Kill King Tut? - Did Horemheb have the Opportunity?
As the General of the Egyptian army and the "Deputy" and heir to Tutankhamun Horemheb would have had close contact with Tutankhamun. They would have probably had time alone together. Horemheb would have had the opportunity to kill King Tut, had he wanted.
Did Horemheb Kill King Tut? - Did Horemheb have a Motive?
Horemheb had a number of motives for wanting the death of Tutankhamun.
- Politics - he was a leading figure in the politics and used being in the position of considerable power. He would have been increasingly disturbed by the radical changes that had taken place during the reign of Akhenaten and the use of the military to enforce these changes. He would have seen Tutankhamun being torn between the influences of Ay and the new changes, and the old ways which he, Horemheb favored. He could have believed that as Tutankhamun became older he would have gained power and reverted to the changes initiated by his father, Arkhenaten
- Religion - Horemheb had been a major leader of the opposition against the religious revolution which radically changed Ancient Egypt from a polytheistic religion, with many gods, to monotheism (the worship of one god). Once again he could have believed that as Tutankhamun became older he would have gained power and wholly reverted Egypt to the sole worship of the Aten
- Hatred - Horemheb had the names of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Ay and to a lesser extent Tutankhamun publicly condemned and removed from Ancient Egyptian records and history. Their names were struck from royal lists and their tombs and monuments were usurped
Did Horemheb Kill King Tut?
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