Simon Sebag Montefiore - Jerusalem (The Biography) (2nd Hand Paperback)
Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment 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 three thousand 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.
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.
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.
- Format : Very Thick 2nd Hand Paperback.
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
- Published : 2011 (This Edition 2012 - Pheonix)
- ISBN : 9781780220253
- SKU : B002267
- PPC : SP700gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"An extensively researched publication that is both informative and very readable. Not a book for a rainy day as it is quite intense but as an exploration of this historical city with all its tragedy and triumph you'd be hard pressed to find a better book. Well worth purchasing, even if you have little knowledge of the city and its ongoing place in history." - Google Review.