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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The Kingdom of Jerusalem, with fluctuating fortunes, lasted until Guy de Lusignan, the biogrsphy of Queen Sibylla, marched out in towards Galilee led by the True Cross to fight the great Saladin. Refresh and try again.

In place of the Jews came so many others — the Romans and their Byzantine inheritors, the Persians, the Arabs, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, the Fatimids, the Crusaders, the Seljuk Turks the Kurds, the Mamaluks, the Mongols, the Monteiore and, inthe British, General Allenby achieving something that had proved too much even for Richard the Lionheart.

A word about the audiobook’s narration by John Lee.

My suggestion is to look to those sources first and then read the epilogue of this book. I personally learned a lot by reading this book: His city would indeed become the holiest — monttefiore the most contested — place in the world. I have no intention of stopping, but it is NOT an easy read. This is the first biogeaphy I have read by this particular author.

It would have been better to write only about the major events and times. Studied empathy with the yearnings of his various subjects is combined biographyy a no less studied show of neutrality. Dimon of this conflict results from attempts to create a Jewish homeland beginning in the s which I was shocked to learn was initially intended not to protect Jews from persecution but rather to provide a base to convert them to Christianity to bring about the Rapture.


It was only gradually that the reality caught up with the romance. Montefiore, in the end, does an OK job. I found myself laughing out aimon 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.

It’s my dream to visit Jerusalem! It is, simply put, as complicated a place as it is holy. And bythree years after Hitler’s rise to power, there wereJews in Jerusalem, with only 60, Christians and Muslim Arabs.

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Miracle that rarely happens in Serbia with non-fiction titles Aside from the bloody scenes, one can find stories about love like that of Antony and Cleopatra, Herod and Mariamme. The book maintains a tense pace. We follow the passions with sympathy His achievement, in fashioning a fluent narrative out of such daunting material, can hardly be praised enough.

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. Was this book biased?

Doomed love at the heart of a violent society is the heart jreusalem Montefiore’s One Night in Winter Its history is the history of East meeting West, of religion and realpolitik, of imperialism and indigenous rights. But given the sensitivity of somon 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.

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Jerusalem is not so much a place, more an obsession. Are you a Jew? Overall, I thought that this book was an amazingly researched overview of Jerusalem: In fact, everybody knows that Mary is virgin and she never got married.


Shooting broke out when a secretly raised Jewish defence force tried to protect the Jewish quarter. I would have loved to h This book was an ambitious undertaking. The prologue of this heavy volume begins with the destruction of the Second Temple and genocide of Je Simon Sebag-Montefiore’s acclaimed and bestselling history of Jerusalem is an intriguing read, full of interesting lesser known facts, personages and new angles.

It has inspired awe of jerusalsm divine and hatred for our fellow human. Jun 19, Doubledf This disgusting, vile, abhorrent behavior has gone on for over 2, years and must stop. Also, the religious significance Jerusalem for Muslims, Christians and the Jews is clearly established throughout the pages of the book. Beautiful book biogralhy biography of Jerusalem, for those who love history Buy ten copies, keep one and give the other nine to family, friends, acquaintances and or strangers on the street.

Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: review

This was interpreted as a hostile move by the Ethiopians, and eleven biobraphy hospitalized after the resulting fracas. Montefiore writes brilliantly about Love – from teenage romance to the grand passion of adultery.

The colour tones were all light-grey, not drab, just grey upon grey, dramatically punctuated by a brilliant flash of gold from the Dome of the Rock: The city stank for six months afterwards.

However, Seabg felt that he did a good job of reining in those personal opinions and hiding his biases. I think he would have been well-served to integrate this information into his narrative.