The Keys of Egypt: The Race to Crack the Hieroglyph Code

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When Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798, his troops were astonished to find countless ruins covered with hieroglyphs -- remnants of a language lost in time. Egyptomania spread throughout Europe with their return, and the quest to decipher the hieroglyphs began in earnest, for it was understood that fame and fortune awaited the scholar who succeeded.

In rural France, Jean-Francois Champollion, the brilliant son of an impoverished bookseller, became obsessed with breaking the code of the ancient Egyptians. At sixteen years of age he decided that he would dedicate his life to the decipherment of hieroglyphs. Amid political turmoil in France caused by Napoleon's meteoric rise and catastrophic fall, Champollion was hounded, exiled, and even charged with treason, yet he continued to strive for the key to the ancient texts. In 1812, Champollion made the decisive breakthrough, beating his closest rival, English physician Thomas Young, to the prize and becoming the first person to be able to read the ancient Egyptian language in well over a thousand years. The Keys of Egypt is a true story of adventure, obsession, and triumph over extreme adversity.

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Roy and Lesley Adkins are a husband-and-wife team who run an archaeological consulting agency. They have written eleven reference books together on various aspects of archaeology and ancient history, and have published over 200 articles in journals and popular magazines. They are also acclaimed illustrators and photographers, and have established a picture library that specializes in archaeology, history and heritage

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"The authors have done great service to Champollion. Their biography is graphic, gripping and a great read." (Birmingham Post)

"The Keys of Egypt is a worthy tribute to the man who named--and unlocked--the Valley of the Kings." (Daily Mail (London))

"A riveting account of the race to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs." (New Scientist)

"Champollion's achievement...is laid out lucidly in this thrilling account by husband-and-wife historians Lesley and Roy Adkins." (Michael Browning, Palm Beach Post)

"...a dramatic scientific quest..." (Publishers Weekly)

"Lesley and Roy Adkins have written a classic." (The Mail on Sunday (London))

"A ripping tale of obsession and rivalry." (The Sunday Telegraph (London))

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