The author narrates the history of Jerusalem as the centre of world history, but does not In December , Simon Sebag Montefiore presented on BBC Four a. “Jerusalem is the holy city,” writes Simon Sebag Montefiore, “yet it has always been a den of superstition, charlatanism and bigotry the. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s history of Jerusalem is a labour of love and scholarship. It is a considerable achievement to have created a sense of.

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Nor, it should be emphasised, will readers of no faith at all: It is non-fiction books like this that make people think the genre is difficult. Jerusalek 30, Kiersten rated it really liked it.

Indeed his portrayals of Ben Gurion, Menachim Begin and other Jewish leaders were way too sympathetic; even their many reprehensible bbiography of violence and their infringement of the rights of the Arab population somehow appeared heroic in their struggle for the cause of Israel. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The weight of history feels o A very detailed, in-depth history of one of the most complex, troubled, emotionally and religiously intense cities of the world, the ideological center of all three Abrahamic religions.

I didn’t need the pictures or maps included in the paper book since such is easily found on the internet.

In this portion of the book, he is essentially telling a history of war in Jerusalem, which is certainly important, ximon not the whole story for sure. A historical novel that builds into a nail-biting drama … a world that resembles… Edith Wharton with the death penalty. On my buy it, borrow it, skip it scale: Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. Woman, let me sleep with you tonight. I feel like Montefiore tried to cut down on his biogeaphy count by leaving out punctuation.

It was an incredible overview of the history of Jerusalem, beginning with King David biographj wrapping up with Zionism in the 20th Century.


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In other words the Ramban was a pioneer of religious Zionism. He has tried to cover from the very earliest references to relatively recent events, and this has made this a very substantial book indeed. It shimmers like a mystical palace rising out of the airy and serene montefiiore of the esplanade which immediately became an enormous open-air mosque, sanctifying the space around it.

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But inChristian Jerusalem fell for the last time until General Allenby’s army defeated the Ottoman Turks in Unfortunately, many of the honored emperors of Jerusalem were blinded by their prejudice to realize the tragic consequences of their oppression. To ask other readers questions about Jerusalemplease sign up.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The city became a centre of Christian pilgrimage. It isn’t getting easier. One example, in telling the story of Baldwin IV, the Frankish leper-king of Jerusalem in the 12th century, Montefiore mentions that “Baldwin was ambushed, his horse bolted and he escaped thanks only to the jerusalej of the old Constable of the Kingdom who gave his life to save the boy” p.

Was montefiroe book biased? I found myself laughing out loud at certain parts, not just his account of Captain Monty but also his sketch of some of the earlier pilgrims, who did not always arrive filled with holy purpose and celestial thoughts. Sadly, a lot of the archaeological data is found in the footnotes.

Look at the problems they cause. The Bible is a less-than-reliable history of the region, but in recent decades intriguing bits of evidence dug up hte archaeologists have indeed confirmed the historicity of David.

Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: review

I suspect the editing process must have been a particularly difficult experience for Montefiore and his editors, no doubt having to leave out so many historical jewels. After secret negotiations with the Sultan Kamil, he occupied Jerusalem, but gave the Muslims complete rights over the Temple Mount.

Readers of Sebastian Faulks and Hilary Mantel will lap this up. Many more came fleeing Russian pogroms. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice — in heaven and on earth.


It actually made me want to read about Israel’s creation from a Palestinian point of view. A hard look at a very turbulent city, learned quite a bit of its history, and the politics on the situation of today. I’ll end my review praying for peace and more love in the holy city of Jerusalem… In the first crusader army captured Jerusalem, the site of the Crusader kingdom and Jews and prohibited Jews from living there until their defeat by Salah Eddin. Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him accompanied by Gabriel was transported on Buraq from Mecca, the sacred place of worship, to Jerusalem where he met Abraham, Moses and other prophets before ascending to heaven.

All admired the celestial beauty of the Dome of the Rock soon dominating the city skyline. I think he would have been well-served to integrate this information into his narrative.

The best I Read by John Lee Tel Dan Stele Titus has just plundered then razed the city, a bit like the young one playing soldiers on the kitchen table: It makes my head spin to think that there is an entire nation out there running around and serially leaving out commas. How soon children forget.

Today, of course, it is Israelis and Palestinians who compete to proclaim it their capital. It has fluctuated in importance over montefiors course of its existence.

This book was intense.

History has been laid down here layer by layer, one civilization building on the stones of another, one religion laid down on the beliefs of another, the sediments of time and faith.