A forgotten Pharaoh (1334 BC)
Amenhotep IV became Pharaoh of Egypt in 1351 BC, inheriting the title from his father Amenhotep III. The name “Amenhotep” is a tribute to Amun-Ra, the most popular of the many Egyptian gods of the time. All priests were powerful in ancient Egypt, but the priests of Amun-Ra were the most powerful of all.
Most Pharaohs, before and after Amenhotep IV, were content to accept the fact that priests had almost as much power and influence as they did themselves. But young Amenhotep was different. Soon after he became Pharaoh, he made all the priests redundant. He set about eradicating all references to Amun-Ra, and replacing them with the name of a new deity – the Aten. The Aten was represented as a Sun-disk – as far superior to the other gods as the Sun was superior to the stars. Aten-worship became mandatory, while worship of other gods was outlawed.
The Pharaoh changed his name to Akhenaten in honour of the new god, and moved his capital from Thebes to a new city 400 kilometres away called Akhetaten. The new capital was filled with images of the Aten – and of Akhenaten himself, who was the Aten’s living prophet on Earth.
At this distance in time, Akhenaten’s motives are unclear. Some people see him as an enlightened religious reformer who was centuries ahead of his time – a forerunner of the monotheistic religions of today. Others see him as a cynical megalomaniac who swept away the old religion in order to consolidate his own power-base. Of the two views, the second was more prevalent among his contemporaries. But were they correct?
from "Conspiracy History" by Andrew May
Product DescriptionPreface by Nick Redfern
JFK, the Bilderberg Group and the New World Order – conspiracy theories abound on today’s internet, but they are nothing new. Taking a long-term view reveals century after century of covert conspiracies, murder plots and political intrigues. The history of the world is riddled with hidden agendas, scheming politicians and secretive organisations.
Did the U.S. government fake the 9/11 terror attacks? Was the British establishment behind the death of Diana, Princess of Wales? Conspiracy theories like these may be a modern phenomenon, but the basic idea – that world events are controlled by cynically duplicitous schemers – is as old as history. When the heir to the English throne died in 1120, they said it was an accident – but it was an accident from which certain people benefited a great deal. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, it was in response to blatant Polish aggression... which just happened to be the work of Nazi soldiers dressed in Polish uniforms. As Niccolò Machiavelli said 500 years ago, “the end justifies the means”. History is often dismissed as a dull subject, but it leaps into all-too-contemporary life when seen through the eyes of a Conspiracy Theorist! This fast-paced account tells you everything you need to know about the convenient accidents, false flag operations and hidden agendas that have shaped the course of history.
Preface by Nick Redfern
Chapter 1: A brief introduction to conspiracy theories
Chapter 2: False flag incidents
Chapter 3: They acted alone - or did they?
Chapter 4: Hidden agendas
Chapter 5: Convenient deaths
Chapter 6: Secret identities
Chapter 7: The Illuminati and others
Chapter 8: Rewriting history
Chapter 9: Chronology of Conspiracy
About the Author
Andrew May is a former defence scientist with an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from Manchester University. His thirty year career spanned academia, the civil service and the defence industry. He has worked on advanced technology research in Farnborough, strategic planning in Whitehall and operational analysis for a large defence company. He is now based in the South-West of England where he works as a freelance writer and consultant.