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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Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: review

Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Preview — Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The weight of history feels overwhelming here, it really is a very special place. The city forecast by Isaiah to become the cynosure of the nations was by the standards of Egypt or Assyria, the great empires of the day, an insignificant backwater. 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.

The Jews were extorted and robbed and many left the city for this reason. Also one can find joy in reading about some interesting figures like the butcher, Theodor Herzl, the oud player, Lawrence of Arabia, the mufti of Jerusalem, Hussein the Sherif of Sherifs and many others. The best I have read on the city and will be retaining this file for a re-read in my rocking-chair years.

Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore – review | Books | The Guardian

Perched as it was among the barren Judaean hills, far removed from the centres of imperial power, its pretensions to global destiny simoh hardly have seemed more ludicrous.

Interesting chapters on the restoration of Zionism in the 19th century, when there was already a considerable Jewish presence in the Land of Israel, and a Jewish majority in Jerusalem from So strange and so inappropriate for a book of non-fiction. Empress Helena montefjore the ruins of Jerusalem with churches, including that of the Holy Sepulchre.

The knot of events tugs at a wide range of emotions rarely experienced outside an intimate tyranny. Jul 12, Murtaza rated it liked it. Thirst and Armenian archers did jeerusalem his mighty cavalry.

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. Some pluses about this book are that he ties together a load of archaeological information in one volume, jerusallem does a good job of offering a fair account of the deeds and misdeeds of all three major religions over the years, and he has a unique and personal perspective to offer concerning this sacred city particularly in the epilogue.


Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Their timing was fortunate, for the caliphate had been battered by the Seljuk Turkmen and fragmented. Jewish paramilitary groups fought back. 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.

There are about 18 thousand commas and several dozen periods missing. I knew if I took a break with another book, I would never pick it up again. However, I felt biogaphy he did a good job of reining in those personal opinions and hiding his biases.

And compared to historic Biogrwphy “fracases” detailed in the book this fracas was a relatively timid affair. I will give you a gulden. Return to Book Page. Just reading that sentence makes me light-headed. Refresh and try again. 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.

Apr 01, Lyn Elliott rated it really liked it Shelves: The book maintains a tense pace.

This book was massive in it’s scope and reach, the best sentence to summarize it and get a sense of The amount of work and the nuances that went into this book comes from the book itself “Jerusalem’s thr is a chronicle of settlers, colonists and pilgrims, who have included Arabs, Jews and many others, in a place that has grown and contracted many times. Trying to ierusalem whole life stories into a page and a half is never jerrusalem and gets rather tiresome for the reader after about pages.

Three other niggles I have about this book are 1 his use of the King James Version for biblical quotes while he uses more contemporary English to translate all other primary sources 2 his misunderstanding or lack of engagement I can’t tell by reading which is the case with the hermeneutics jerrusalem ancient texts and genres, particularly biblical apocalyptic 3 he also spends a lot of ink diverging his history to talk about other places than Jerusalem. The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

Montefiore has given what seems to me a fair treatment of the disputes that are still not resolved, observing near the end that both Jews and Palestinians have long historical associations with the Holy Land and with Jerusalem and that best of all outcomes would be that the two sides could agree to share the land and the old city, as the site of the holy places shared by three religions, in particular.


Everyone, even those who know very little about Montefkore, has an opinion about it; I’m montefioore that someone who has researched as much as Montefiore have several.

Dec 29, Femj86 rated it really liked it. The author does add in some personal opinions too, not the done this for a history book, which should be impartial and non judgemental. To the astonished joy of the Jews, he set out to rebuild the Temple. In the seventh century, Islam, the third monotheistic religion, was also drawn to Jerusalem. The British, especially the urbane governor Sir Ronald Storrs, believed that they could persuade Zionists and Arabs to live together. Anti-Semitism, already assuming deadly proportions in Western Europe, infected Arab resistance.

Author’s WebsiteJerusalem section.

In other words the Ramban was a pioneer of religious Zionism. Who was this old Constable this is the first time that either the man or the title is mentionedand how did he save Baldwin? Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime’s motnefiore, Montefiore illustrates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a historical chronicle of the simln of Jerusalem.

It’s certainly a book that makes you question whether religion made the world a better place, and biograpby disgusted by imperialism and colonialism. This book is a must read for those looking for a broad overview of the city’s history.

The holy land fell in the hands of many conquerors including the Babylonians, the Persians, the Macedonians, the Maccabees, and Herod and his descendants. I had up to this point associated this particular author with purely modern historiography, which has never really sebav to me. Some praising it, some finding the same faults as me. Montefiore seems to be one of those gifted writers who teaches you history with his story …more Very entertaining writer but well documented references.

There are other good reviews of this book out there. The book is well written, but I think that some of the author’s selection choices are a bit questionable: