Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Paperback

By (author) Simon Sebag Montefiore

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  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 234mm x 50mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 27 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753828790
  • ISBN 13: 9780753828793
  • Illustrations note: 42, 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 38,798

Product description

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 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre 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. 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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Simon Sebag Montefiore was born in 1965 and read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.

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Dazzling ... a fittingly vast history of the city, utterly compelling from start to finish SUNDAY TIMES A wonderfully evocative guide to the past and present of its [Jerusalem's] story-soaked stones, even-handed, high-spirited and far more enjoyably full of sex and scandal than pilgrims might expect. -- Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT 20111125 You fall in love with the city ... it's a wonderful book President Bill Clinton