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Family of King Tut

The family of King Tut include some the most famous characters in Ancient Egyptian history. Their lives are surrounded with chaotic and revolutionary changes in Egypt. Murder, mystery and intrigue touch the lives of the family of King Tut - his father, the heretic King Akhenaten, his stepmother Nefertiti who mysteriously disappeared, his Grand Vizier Ay who was also the father of Nefertiti and the grandfather of Ankhesenpaaten, the wife of Tutankhamun. Ankhesenpaaten was forced to marry her grandfather when Tutankhamun died. She also died in mysterious circumstances.

Family of King Tut - Incest
There was considerable inter-marriage in the family of King Tut. Incest was seen as an acceptable element in the lives of the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, retaining the sacred bloodline.

The Ancient Egyptian creation myth attempts to explain how some of the major Egyptian Gods and Goddesses came into being, their relationships with each other and the the nature and genesis of the universe. The pharaohs were seen as living deities so it was deemed as perfectly acceptable for them to emulate the incestuous behaviour of the gods.

The Close Family members of King Tut
King Tut belonged to the Eighteenth dynasty of Egyptian Kings during the period of the New Kingdom.

  • The Father of Tutankhamun was Akhenaten, first known as Amenhotep
  • The Mother of Tutankhamun was believed to be a noblewoman called Kiya
  • His Stepmother was Nefertiti, the chief wife of Akhenaten
  • The wife and consort of Tutankhamun was Ankhesenpaaten (aka Ankhesanamum and Ankhesenamen), who was also his half sister
  • Children: None survived. His two daughters were still born and were buried with Tutankhamun

The Mysteries surrounding the Family of King Tut
Most people are aware that Tutankhamun died at the young age of just 18/19 years old and the controversy surrounding the cause of his death. What is not so well known is that some of the main family members of King Tut were also surrounded by strange disappearances and mysteries, as detailed below. Full details of these people and events can be accessed via the sitemap.

Family of King Tut - His father, Akhenaten
Akhenaten, the father of King Tut, began a religious revolution when he forced the Egyptians to change from a polytheistic religion, worshipping many gods, to a monotheistic religion  which was the worship of one god who was called the Aten. His father was generally hated. Akhenaten used the force of the Egyptian army to enforce these ideas on the people of Egypt and destroy the old religion and its priesthood. The entire population of Thebes were moved to the new city of Armana which Akhenaten had built as his new capital. Businesses were ruined. The traditional temple-based economy, run by the priests, had been replaced by the new regime, run by local administrators and military commanders. It is believed that Akhenaten was forced to abdicate and died shortly after - cause of death unknown...

Family of King Tut - His step-mother Nefertiti
Nefertiti fully supported Akhenaten in the establishment of the new religion. All reference to Nefertiti disappeared towards the end of the reign of Akhenaten. But there is speculation that it was Nefertiti who assumed the sole role as the Pharaoh referred to as Smenkhkare Ankhetkheperure. The rule of Smenkhkare only lasted two years, when King Tut was made Pharaoh - was this Smenkhkare murdered? Was the pharaoh actually Nefertiti...

Family of King Tut - His wife, Ankhesenpaaten
Ankhesenpaaten was the wife and half sister of King Tut, the daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti and the granddaughter of Ay. Following the untimely death of Tutankhamun Ankhesenpaaten was  told that she was expected to marry her grandfather, Ay. A political move to strengthen the claim of Ay to the throne. A document has been discovered which was sent to the Hittites stating the following:

 "My husband has died and I have no son.
They say about you that you have many sons.
You might give me one of your sons to become my husband.
I would not wish to take one of my subjects as a husband... I am afraid."

It is believed that this was a plea from Ankhesenpaaten. The Hittite King sent one of his sons, Zannanza, as requested but he was murdered during the journey...

When Ankhesenpaaten died is unknown but she probably died sometime during the short rule of Ay, between 1325 BC  and 1321 BC. Did she die from natural causes? Was it  Murder? Was it Suicide? No tomb or mummy has ever been found for Ankhesenpaaten. Like her husband, Tutankhamun her death remains a mystery...

Family of King Tut
Each section of this Family of 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 Family of King Tut - Tutankhamun!

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