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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This is one of those non-fiction books that you read as fiction View all 8 comments. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s biographhy famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. The weight of history feels overwhelming here, it really is a very special place.

Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: review

The author has a controversial and interesting view of Jesus and the origins in Israel of Christianity. Commentary 1 – If you like John Lee as a narrator, this book is possibly for you. Unfortunately, many of the honored emperors of Jerusalem were blinded by their prejudice to realize the tragic consequences of their oppression. With opportunities for a settlement missed, largely through an Arab rejection of a separate Jewish state, the situation became impossible.

Buy ten copies, keep one and give the other nine to family, friends, acquaintances and or strangers on the street. I won’t remember all or even most of the names, let alone the dates of particular battles, but the patterns of settlement and power shifts will remain. And, while I knew that the history of Jerusalem and of the overlapping networks of conflicting claims to this city were something complex and difficult to accommodate, I did not know that it was so maddeningly complex.


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This was interpreted as a hostile move by the Ethiopians, and eleven were hospitalized after the resulting fracas. Dec 14, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 17, Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont rated it it was amazing. In a highly readable style, Simon Sebag Montefiore takes us on a tour from the earliest recorded history to today’s Jerusalem.

It’s my dream to visit Jerusalem! But the author seems to aim in some of his conclusions to please everybody. The book is divided into nine main parts. At the beginning of his book, Montefiore clearly explains that neither does he intend to provide a history of JudaismChristianity or Islamnor a study of the nature of God in Jerusalem: Sort of the wild west in the middle east.

The holy land fell in the hands of many conquerors including the Babylonians, the Persians, the Macedonians, the Maccabees, and Herod and his descendants. We hope readers will agree that, for most, the balance of convenience is best served by this policy. To ask other readers questions about Jerusalemplease sign up.

Among the highlights of the book in chapter six is the the Mamluk conquest of Jerusalem and Baibars’ victories over the Crusaders. There are few themes as demanding as the history of Jerusalem.

What does it say about the human species?! I like that the book moves chronologically forward.

Jerusalem: The Biography

I will give you a gulden. The Biography is a sweeping and meticulously researched biography and history of Jerusalem from the early biblical times of King David, Moses and the Canaanites, including the history and significance of Jerusalem to Judaism and Christianity as well as the Muslims over the expanse of history and time through the administration of President Barack Obama. Our fear for the children keeps up turning the pages However, nothing is mentioned about the sufferings of the Muslims and the massacres committed by the Jews against the Palestinians.


A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Amr suggested solving this problem by passing off Khaled as the Commander but he was recognized so Omar was summoned from Mecca” p.

The reader can discover more in this volume about the Islamic persecution of Jews in Jerusalem and the Levant.

Shooting broke out when a secretly raised Jewish defence force tried to protect the Jewish quarter. Another impressive work by Mr.

Nov 03, Carlos rated it really liked it. 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 thhe the courage of the old Constable of the Kingdom who gave his life to save the boy” p.

Jerusalem came into its own with the rise of the Israelite kingdom which flourished in the power vacuum heralded by the advent of the Iron Age, c. In this portion of the book, he is essentially telling a history of war in Jerusalem, which is certainly important, but not the whole story for sure.

Miracle that rarely happens in Serbia with non-fiction titles There is a lot to learn from this book, but I instead see it as a textbook at university where you spend a semester on it.