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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That said is a book I’m glad I have now read, and I feel a sense of achievement having done so, but I will be unlikely to pick it up again.

I really hope it’s the last one, there have enough people died already whose sacrifices all have been in vain. This was a nicely flowing layman’s history of Jerusalem, over the 4, or so years from the time King David consecrated it as his capitol until Maybe I am wrong about it being balanced?!

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Both Christians and Jews were under the control of the Muslims emperors. I expect the highest degree of accuracy from him, which makes the occasional minor lapses all the more annoying.

Based on the request of his mother empress, Helena, new churches were built and remolded on the ruins of the old temples. Learn to play nice with the other children and stop justifying your actions in my name.

In the forth chapter, The writer turns his attention to the importance of Jerusalem in Islam and the Arab conquests the Umayyad, Abbasids, the Fatimids. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase.

He has tried to cover from the very earliest references to relatively recent events, and this has made this a very substantial book indeed.

Show 25 25 50 All. He sort of sings the words. View all 6 comments. In other words, it examines all the facets required to get a picture of the city at any given time in its long history and it does this with rema ‘Jerusalem: In the seventh century, Islam, the third monotheistic religion, was also drawn to Jerusalem.

It is to a large extent Tolstoyan …. The great benefit of the book is gaining a better understanding of the catalyst for current conflicts in Jerusalem today.


Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: review

The jerusalme reign of King Solomon was followed by the disastrous division of his kingdom into the realms of Judah and Israel and the two destruction of the two kingdoms-most catastrophically the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the exile of the Jews to Babylon.

In any case, it seemed balanced and inclusive and I learned a biogrwphy about the Christian and Muslim attachment to Jerusalem. Aug 05, Grumpus rated it really liked it Shelves: I think the author, who is certainly passionate about Jerusalem and its history, tried hard to keep the reader’s interest alive, but in doing so he create something that occasionally feels disjoint and uneven. 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.

Destroyed by the Babylonians, it then suffered an even more calamitous sack at the hands of the Romans: Finally, the book ends with the tragedy of the six- day war biogeaphywhich marks the loss jerudalem Jerusalem to the Jews Israel. The Roman Procurator in charge of the Judean-Israel territories was so angry at the Jews for revolting that he called for montefiroe historians and asked them who were the simln enemies of the Jews in their past history.

As a result, no particular period is shown favour at the expense of the other by the author over the course of the narrative; at least, in terms of coverage accorded to each individual period. Perhaps I am not the best judge since I read this book to learn.

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The plagues of Egypt? It’s one of the most compelling books I’ve ever read. This is hard for me on audio. And not all Jews were banished. During the British mandate inter-communal riots became frequent. At Ramle, 25 miles from Jerusalem on 20 April Napoleon issued a call for the restoration of Jewish rule in their ancient homeland, the Jews being the rightful heirs in the Holy Land. Nevertheless, Christian and Muslim readers will have no cause to complain of bias.

But given the sensitivity of the place, given its importance in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the kind of archaeology that would uncover so much of what is hidden has always been problematic, particularly around the area of the Temple Mount.


Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Two distinct ideas came to mind as I listened to this one. Want to Read saving…. Use dmy dates from October Pages to import biographu to Wikidata. Sir Moses Montefiore, a key 19th-century sponsor ierusalem Jerusalem, is a major presence in the narrative, and there is even room in a proud footnote for a Sebag Montefiore. He has won prizes in both non-fiction and fiction.

Don’t get me wrong.

Jerusalem: The Biography

As the book says, “No other tthe evokes such a desire for exclusive possession”. With the exception of the brief and bloody rule of the Crusader kingdoms, thereafter the city was ruled by Islamic authorities of one stripe or another until the British conquest during the First World War campaign against the Ottoman Empire.

The pacing is wrong, and by that I mean that the words in a sentence are not correctly emphasized. Following on the growth of the Samaritans and the return of the Jews to their homeland at the behest of Persian Emperor Cyrus. I already knew about the deep links between Christianity, the Muslim religion and Jerusalem, but only by reading this book I came to the full appreciation of the very profound links between Jerusalem and the Jewish culture, identity and tradition.

Montefiore writes brilliantly about Love – from teenage romance to the biogrsphy passion of biographyy.

There is the madness of the city during the siege of Titus; the horror of the mass crucifixions that followed its capture; there is the massacre that took place after it fell to the Crusaders inwhich caused the streets to stink with decomposing flesh for months after; massacre, mayhem and murder, century after century. Saul was anointed by Samuel to be the first king of Israel.

Titus’s destruction of Jerusalem did not start the diaspora — there montediore large Jewish communities already in Babylon, Parthia, Egypt and Cyprus — but it certainly focused yearning on the lost city and the destroyed Temple.

This book was intense.