Christian Jacq (French: [ʒak]; born April 28, 1947) is a French author and Egyptologist. He has written several novels about ancient Egypt, notably a five book series about pharaoh Ramses II, a character whom Jacq admires greatly.
Born in Paris, Jacq's interest in Egyptology began when he was thirteen, when he read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacques Pirenne. This inspired him to write his first novel. By the time he was eighteen, he had written eight books. His first commercially successful book was Champollion the Egyptian, published in 1987. As of 2004, he has written over fifty books, including several non-fiction books on the subject of Egyptology.
Jacq has a doctorate in Egyptian Studies from the Sorbonne. He and his wife later founded the Ramses Institute, which is dedicated to creating a photographic description of Egypt for the preservation of endangered archaeological sites.
Between 1995 and 1997, he published his best-selling five book suite Ramsès, which is today published in over twenty-five countries. Each volume encompasses one aspect of Ramses's known historical life, woven into a fictional tapestry of the ancient world for an epic tale of love, life and deceit.
Jacq's series describes a vision of the life of the pharaoh: he has two vile power-hungry siblings, Shanaar, his decadent older brother, and Dolora, his corrupted older sister who married his teacher. In his marital life, he first has Isetnofret (Iset) as a mistress (second Great Wife), meets his true love Nefertari (first Great Wife) and after their deaths, gets married to Maetnefrure in his old age. Jacq gives Ramses only three biological children: Kha'emweset, Meritamen (she being the only child of Nefertari, the two others being from Iset) and Merneptah. The other "children" are only young officials trained for government and who are nicknamed "sons of the pharaoh".
These books are typically classed as historical fiction; many of them delve into the supernatural powers given to the Pharaoh, however, and could be considered fantasy by loose definition.
The Ramses Series
The story of the greatest Pharaoh in history
- The Son of Light (1995)
- The Temple of a Million Years Formerly published as The Eternal Temple (1995)
- The Battle of Kadesh (1996)
- The Lady of Abu Simbel (1996)
- Under the Western Acacia (1997)
The Stone of Light Series
The craftsman's village at Deir al-Madinah is one of the few places in the ancient world where life has been vividly preserved. Jacq uses real names, characters and scandals to reconstruct life in this extraordinary place.
- Nefer the Silent
- The Wise Woman
- Paneb the Ardent
- The Place of Truth
The Queen of Freedom Trilogy
- The Empire of Darkness
- War of the Crowns
- The Flaming Sword
The Judge of Egypt Trilogy
In the Age of Ramses, Egypt's power is unchallenged. However, a dark conspiracy seeks to strike at the Pharaoh ... only an idealistic judge and a young doctor stand between Egypt and oblivion.
- Beneath the Pyramid
- Secrets of the Desert
- Shadow of the Sphinx
The Mysteries of Osiris Series
- The Tree of Life
- The Conspiracy of Evil
- The Way of Fire
- The Great Secret
The Vengeance of the Gods Series
- The Divine Worshipper
The Mozart Series
- The Great Magician
- The Son of Enlightenment
- The Brother of Fire
- The Beloved of Isis
- Egyptian Magic (non-fiction 1985)
- The Black Pharaoh
- The Tutankhamun Affair
- For the Love of Philae
- Champollion the Egyptian
- Master Hiram and King Solomon
- The Living Wisdom of Ancient Egypt (non-fiction)
- Fascinating Hieroglyphics (non-fiction 1997)
- Magic and Mystery in Ancient Egypt (non-fiction 1998)
- The Wisdom of Ptah Hotep (non-fiction 2006)
- Tutankhamun: The Last Secret (February 2009)
- The Judgement of the Mummy (2009)
- Egypt (non fiction 2009)
- Annette Lévy-Willard, « Christian Jacq, le nouveau pharaon », Libération, 09/05/1996.
- Françoise Monier, « Christian Jacq : scribe best-seller », L'Express, 03/08/2000.
- Thiébault Dromard, « Christian Jacq ou le bon filon de Bernard Fixot », Le Figaro économie, 12/08/2004.
- Blaise de Chabalier, « Christian Jacq, dans la peau d'un scribe », Le Figaro, 29/01/2009.
- Christian Jacq, « L'Égypte pharaonique n'existe plus, mais ses valeurs persistent », Le Figaro magazine, 01/05/2009.
- Émilie Grangeray, « Christian Jacq, la saga du "petit scribe" », Le Monde, 20/03/2009.
- Laure Mentzel, « Docteur Christian et le mystère Jacq », Le Figaro, 05/11/2010.
- Isabelle Falconnier, « Christian Jacq : un Égyptien à Blonay », L'Hebdo, 18/12/2014.
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