Moon of Israel

Author: Henry Rider Haggard

Author’s Note

This book suggests that the real Pharaoh of the Exodus was not Meneptah or Merenptah, son of Rameses the Great, but the mysterious usurper, Amenmeses, who for a year or two occupied the throne between the death of Meneptah and the accession of his son the heir-apparent, the gentle-natured Seti II.

Of the fate of Amenmeses history says nothing; he may well have perished in the Red Sea or rather the Sea of Reeds, for, unlike those of Meneptah and the second Seti, his body has not been found.

Students of Egyptology will be familiar with the writings of the scribe and novelist Anana, or Ana as he is here called.

It was the Author’s hope to dedicate this story to Sir Gaston Maspero, K.C.M.G., Director of the Cairo Museum, with whom on several occasions he discussed its plot some years ago. Unhappily, however, weighed down by one of the bereavements of the war, this great Egyptologist died in the interval between its writing and its publication. Still, since Lady Maspero informs him that such is the wish of his family, he adds the dedication which he had proposed to offer to that eminent writer and student of the past.

Dear Sir Gaston Maspero,

When you assured me as to a romance of mine concerning ancient
Egypt, that it was so full of the "inner spirit of the old
Egyptians" that, after kindred efforts of your own and a lifetime
of study, you could not conceive how it had been possible for it
to spring from the brain of a modern man, I thought your verdict,
coming from such a judge, one of the greatest compliments that
ever I received. It is this opinion of yours indeed which induces
me to offer you another tale of a like complexion. Especially am
I encouraged thereto by a certain conversation between us in
Cairo, while we gazed at the majestic countenance of the Pharaoh
Meneptah, for then it was, as you may recall, that you said you
thought the plan of this book probable and that it commended
itself to your knowledge of those dim days.

With gratitude for your help and kindness and the sincerest homage
to your accumulated lore concerning the most mysterious of all the
perished peoples of the earth, Believe me to remain Your true admirer, H. Rider Haggard.


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Chicago: Henry Rider Haggard, "Author’s Note," Moon of Israel, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Evans, Sebastian in Moon of Israel Original Sources, accessed May 23, 2024,

MLA: Haggard, Henry Rider. "Author’s Note." Moon of Israel, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Evans, Sebastian, in Moon of Israel, Original Sources. 23 May. 2024.

Harvard: Haggard, HR, 'Author’s Note' in Moon of Israel, ed. and trans. . cited in , Moon of Israel. Original Sources, retrieved 23 May 2024, from