Jerusalem: The Biography

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 25, 2011 - History - 688 pages
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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 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 three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence.
 
How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the “center 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, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan.
 
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.


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Contents

Prologue
3
The World of David 17
15
The Rise of David
23
The Kingdom and the Tcmplc
26
The Kings ofjudah
35
The Whore of Babylon
45
The Persians
52
The Macedonians
58
Dcclinc of thc Mamluks
295
The Magnificencc of Suleiman 303
306
The Families
320
Napoleon in the Holy Land 329
327
Chateaubriand and Disraeli
334
The Albanian Conquest
342
The Evangelists
347
The New City
366

The Maccabees
70
The Romans Arrive
76
The Herods
83
n Jesus Christ
100
The Last of the Herods
116
The Death of Jerusalem
128
Aelia Capitolina 135
134
PART THREE CHRISTIANITY
148
Thc Apogee of Byzantium 151
149
Persian Invasion
166
The Arab Conquest
177
The Temple Restored
187
Distant Masters
197
Tolerance and Lunacy
202
The Slaughter
217
The Rise ofOutremet
226
The Golden Age of Outremer
231
Stalemate
243
The LeperKing
252
Saladin
258
Salaclin and Richard
268
The Saladin Dynasty
274
Slave to Sultan
287
The New Religion
370
Arab City Imperial City
376
Russians
384
The Kaiser 391
389
Thc OudPlayer ofjcrusalcm
400
World War
412
Arab Revolt Balfour Declaration
420
The Christmas Present
435
The Victors and the Spoils
447
The British Mandate
455
The Arab Revolt
468
Tl_1eUir
481
ewish Independence Arab Catastrophe
496
Divided
504
Six Days
511
Epilogue
521
Family Trees
545
The Hashemite Sherifi an Dynasty 1916
551
Mamluk and Ottoman jerusalem 12601917
558
Bibliography
609
Index
629
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About the author (2011)

Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Cambridge University. His books are international bestsellers, and have been published in more than thirty-five languages. Young Stalin won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Prize (UK), and Le Grand Prix de Biographie (France). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is married to the novelist Santa Montefiore with whom he has two children.

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