Row over Tutankhamuns tomb affair as ITV drama brings discovery to life

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Max Irons as CarterCredit:ITV Howard Carter, Lord Carnavon and Lady Evelyn Herbert in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt, 1922. What could be more romantic than an expedition to the pyramids, solving mysteries in close quarters under the dusty heat of the Egyptian sun?But the question whether an alleged affair between two key historical figures ever actually happened has become a topic of contention nearly a century later, as the story of Tutankhamun’s tomb is brought to life for television.A new ITV drama will show Howard Carter, the archaeologist, embark on a love affair with Lady Evelyn Herbert, the young daughter of his patron the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, as they worked on the famous expedition to find the treasures of Tutankhamun.While the current Earl has protested the sexing-up of the drama’s storyline, saying “it just didn’t happen that way”, its writer argues denying the love story outright is to “dodge” the evidence of the time. Burt told the Telegraph: “I’m not saying it’s fact; it’s an interpretation of the limited facts at our disposal, from which we have to draw our own conclusions.“But I am saying that the story of the romance is emphatically not a writer’s invention; it is an elaboration of an existing, persistent rumour which if not proven by the evidence, is certainly not contradicted by it either.”The new four-part series begins on ITV this Sunday at 9pm. Amy Wren as EvelynCredit:ITV Amy Wren as Evelyn Howard Carter, Lord Carnavon and Lady Evelyn Herbert in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt, 1922. “As for claims of an affair between Carter and my great-aunt Lady Evelyn Herbert, there was no romance,” he has said. “It just didn’t happen that way.”Burt has now cited the documents the script is based on as evidence of a suspected relationship, pointing out they carry enough weight that modern historians “feel the need to address this point even if only to dismiss it”.They include a journal entry by Arthur Mace, who describes Carter and Lady Evelyn as “very thick together”, as well as the young lady’s letters to the Egyptologist signed with a “bless you dearest Howard” he believes too gushing for a simple employer-employee relationship. The team behind the discovery:  Arthur Mace of the Metropolitan Museum, Carter's secretary Richard Bethell, Arthur Callender, Lady Evelyn Herbert, Howard Carter, George Herbert, Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, chemist Alfred Lucas of the Egyptian government, and official photographer Harry Burton The team behind the discovery:  Arthur Mace of the Metropolitan Museum, Carter’s secretary Richard Bethell, Arthur Callender, Lady Evelyn Herbert, Howard Carter, George Herbert, Fifth Earl of Carnarvon, chemist Alfred Lucas of the Egyptian government, and official photographer Harry Burton The golden mask of Tutankhamun’s mummy Max Irons as Carter The golden mask of Tutankhamun's mummy One letter from Carnarvon to Carter, he added, refers to a vicious row between the two men which resulted in Carter throwing his patron out of his home.Lord Carnarvon writes: “I have been feeling very unhappy today, and I did not know what to think or do, and then I saw Eve [Evelyn] and she told me everything.“I have no doubt that I have done many foolish things and I am very sorry.” The programme promises: “Evelyn finds love with Carter: a forbidden love that crosses class boundaries, between two people who can’t possibly expect a future together.“But in Egypt, perhaps anything is possible…”The current Lord Carnarvon, whose home Highclere Castle is already well known to ITV viewers as the star of Downton Abbey, has publicly objected to the new drama, saying he has “considerable reservations” about its portray of his great-grandfather. Guy Burt, the writer of Tutankhamun, has hit back at accusations the show took liberties with the truth, saying the story of the romance is “emphatically not” an invention but a “persistent rumour” which is legitimate to dramatise on screen.Speaking ahead of the first episode, due to be broadcast on Sunday, he said: “To say categorically that there was no chance of a romance between Carter and Evelyn is to dodge some of the evidence of the time. “The television drama will star Max Irons as Howard Carter, Sam Neill as Lord Carnarvon and Amy Wren as Lady Evelyn, described as having blossomed from teenage girl to “beautiful young woman”.last_img read more

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