King Tut, the Boy King of Ancient Egypt

King Tutankhamen (King Tut) was the youngest of the Egyptian pharaohs. He was born the son of former pharaoh, Ahkenaten, in 1340 BC. He ascended to the throne in 1332 BC, when he was only 8 years old. That same year, he married Princess Hatsheput II and they both assured in a "golden age for children". During the time, his grand vizier, Ay, attempted to kill him and his wife. But they caught him and had him executed as punishment. Tut and Hatsheput II ruled Egypt all the way into adulthood. The two eventually died and were buried with gold riches in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings.

Life and Rule over Egypt

Tutankhamun was the son of Akhenaten and one of his sisters or cousins. As a prince he was known as Tutankhaten. He ascended to the throne in 1333 BC, at the age of nine or ten, taking the throne name Nebkheperure. His wet nurse was a woman called Maia, known from her tomb at Saqqara. A teacher was most likely Sennedjem.


At age 8, Tut ascended to the throne in 1332 BC. Given his age, the king had very powerful advisers, presumably including General Horemheb and the Vizier Ay. Horemheb records that the king appointed him "lord of the land" as hereditary prince to maintain law. He also noted his ability to calm the young king when his temper flared.

One day, he met Princess Hatsheput II, the granddaughter of Queen Hatsheput, riding an elephant through the Giza bazaar. He looked at her with wonder, he'd hardly seen any other child before, other than his subjects. He felt as if he was falling in love with Hatsheput II. He even felt more so when she came to see him in his throne room at the palace. He saw that she was simply lovely and so beautiful. Then, he heard her straight forward, say that she wanted to marry him . . .he agreed and they married the same year they met.

Soon afterwords, Hatsheput II taught Tut how to enjoy the life of a child, like she and village children did. At first, Tut didn't really understand, because he'd been raised as a prince and never had any real friends. But soon enough, he saw the enjoyments of child life. After this revelation, Tut and Hatsheput II decided to share the joy of fun and play with all of the children of Egypt. Once children had their rights to enjoy themselves, they were eventually granted full rights equal to what their parents had. The children could work or not work at their homes as they wished, but they could also help enforce the laws and sell and trade as the older villagers could.

As the years passed, however, not everyone saw this with smiles as Tut and Hatsheput II did, especially not Ay. He and other villagers who were against the "children's rights" decree plotted to kill Tut and Hatsheput II, then Ay would take the throne and kingdom soon after.

One night, although Tut and Hatsheput II were put under extra guard after Hatsheput II found out their plan, Ay was able to go in the bed chamber pass the guards, being the grand Vizier after all. He saw the two teenage pharaohs alone in the room with no guards. He brought out the blade he'd used on Hatsheput II and Tut's wedding ceremony. His followers from the village entered the room through the window, so they'd make the assassination look like a big scuffle. And with no obstacles, Ay stabbed to two pharaohs in the backs of their heads. But when he turned the corpses face-up, it wasn't Tut and Hatsheput II, they were decoys. Then, more guards rushed into the room, surrounding Ay and his followers, the real Tut and Hatsheput II came out from hiding behind curtains. Tut and Hatsheput II had planned this since Hatsheput II found out about Ay's plan. Now the assassins were all caught red-handed, Ay couldn't believe it, he was out-witted by children.

The next morning, Tut and Hatsheput II found Ay and his followers guilty of the crime of treason by attempting to kill them. They sentenced their former Vizier and the others to death by be-heading. The two pharaohs publically executed the assassins in front of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

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