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Jerusalem: The Biography (Hardback)
  • Jerusalem: The Biography (Hardback)

Jerusalem: The Biography (Hardback)

Hardback Published: 27/01/2011
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Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilisations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem's biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women - kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores - who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Rasputin and Lawrence of Arabia. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique story of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem: the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780297852650

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“Heavy subject made easy to read!”

This book gives insight into the history of Jerusalem and, thus, some context to the Middle East, as a whole. It is a bloody and violent history with atrocities committed that are almost unimaginable.

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I found this books absolutely essential whilst working on a similarly themed project, presented as a biography it was so easy to read and absorb. The style of writing that Simon Sebag Montefiore uses was a key feature... More

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8th April 2011
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“the mad, the bad and the sad”

Montefiore's book is a masterly overview of this great city. It is readable, comprehensive and fascinating. Having said that, I have a number of reservations about this so-called biography. Firstly, the author... More

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