Jerusalem: The Biography is the story of a city which lies at the centre of three of the world’s most powerful religions. Simon Sebag Montefiore tells the story of the city’s past and how it boasts a culture 3000 years in the making. Summary of the Book Jerusalem. The mere name of that city sends shivers down the spine of Jews, Christians and Muslims. And it is not without good reason either. It is the capital of two peoples, and at its heart lies the centre of three different yet kindred faiths. Time and again, empires and civilizations have clashed for control over the city. In 3000 years, this city has been captured, burned, destroyed, rebuilt and revered again and again. Once a small town, withdrawn from all society, it became the hub of the Middle East, and the centre of Judaic Faith. How did this once tiny town become the crucial position of strategic control over the Middle East? How is it that kings, empresses, prophets, poets, knights and saints hungered for a piece of this city? How is it that Jerusalem rose from its remains several times in the past, like its temple, to become the high seat of heaven on earth? Here, some believe, Apocalypse will begin. And it is here, others believe, that mankind will find salvation. This is the story of Jerusalem, a city of legend. About Simon Sebag Montefiore Simon Jonathan Sebag Montefiore is a British historian, journalist and writer known for his books on popular history, most notably Monsters – History's Most Evil Men and Women, Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner and A History of Caucasus. Montefiore graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and eventually went on to be a banker and foreign affairs journalist.
The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it.
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 civilizations. 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.
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 chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.
|Author||Simon Sebag Montefiore|
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|Number Of Pages||768|
|Publisher||Orion Publishing Group|
|Studio||Orion Publishing Group|