Jerusalem: The Biography

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 25, 2011 - History - 688 pages
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Jerusalem is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, fanaticism, bloodshed, and coexistence, from King David to the 21st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
 
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 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.
 
In this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy city to life and draws on the latest scholarship, his own family history, and a lifetime of study to show that the story of Jerusalem is truly the story of the world.  

 

A New York Times Notable Book 

Jewish Book Council Book of the Year

 

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Prophets and patriarchs, Abraham, David, Jesus and Muhammad are said to have trodden these stones. The Abrahamic religions were born there and the world will also end there on the Day of Judgement ... Read full review

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Another reviewer wrote that "this book contains pretty much everything anyone could possibly want to know about Jerusalem". One might well add, and a great deal of things one would prefer not to have ... Read full review

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 is a historian of Russia and the Middle East. Catherine the Great and Potemkin was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Award, and le Grande Prix de la biographie politique. Jerusalem: The Biography was a worldwide best seller. Montefiore’s books are published in more than forty languages. He is the author of the novels Sashenka and One Night in Winter, which won the Paddy Power Political Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2014. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Montefiore graduated from Cambridge University, where he received his PhD. He lives in London.

www.simonsebagmontefiore.com

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