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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Nov 03, Carlos rated it really liked it. There are some good points: Dec 29, Femj86 rated it really liked it. Montefiore espouses the thesis that Jerusalem belongs equally to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Montefiore chose to organize Jerusalem chronologically, stretching it from King David ‘s establishment of the city as his capital to the Six-Day Warwith an epilogue pondering on more recent events. I have learned a lot about what Jerusalem is about, and the deep emotional, cultural, political and religious links that tie this unique city to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions.

Women and kids were burned alive. Continuing through the saga of the city and of the Land of Israel. So it is well that the writer finished where he did. While I consider myself an appreciator of history there was much that I was surprised to learn such as: Certainly, it provides a timely, as well as carefully balanced, account of this extraordinary city’s long history, from the earliest times to the present day.

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. It is also the city where these religions and people are forced to live very close together, and as such it is a litmus test for the maturity of human kind – a test that currently, considering the political situation in the Middle East, is far from delivering flattering results.


I won’t try and surmise all plus pages into a couple of paragraphs would be nigh on impossible, but suffice to simoj Montefiore has filled these pages with immense amounts of detail and history of the lives of the people that have occupied this city. I hhe learned a lot by reading this book: But on his sijon the new emperor, Theodosius, raised Christianity again and banned the Jews from Jerusalem.

In this period Jews in Jerusalem were prohibited from wearing white on their Sabbath or Muslim headgear or to wear nails in their shoes. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the pure scope of research that went into the chapters of the book that cover the earlier periods of Jerusalem’s history.

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

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I was particularly interested in the history of the last seag of hundred years, with the rise of Zionism and the struggles that led to the creation of modern Israel and Jordan.

The temples and the churches were remolded again and many mosques were built. Both had to make way for Muslims in the streets.

Jerusalem: The Biography – Wikipedia

This is one of the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict which continues to this day. In late July AD 70, Titus, the roman Emperor, ordered his army to destroy the temples and many Jews faced famine, death and those who survived were sold as slaves. It is inseparable part of the DNA of all three religions, and only solutions that take into account this historical truth can be viable in the longer term. It blography, however, a very long and detailed read, a mixture of the more relevant and the less relevant, and a non-academic work which means it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, at least until reviewed by people with more of an academic background ismon the monteriore than I have.

Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: review

The Emperor Hadrian eventually rebuilt it as a small classical Roman town named Aelia Capitolina, and despite occasional Jewish rebellions it remained so until the Christian era.

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I have no intention of stopping, biorgaphy it is NOT an easy read. Some praising it, some finding the same faults as me. The book truly sounds like a collection of intertwined stories rather than a non-fiction book.

On my buy it, borrow it, skip it scale: These should be a small piece of information that adds to the main body of text, but some of these were huge.

The Roman Procurator in charge of the Judean-Israel territories was so angry at the Jews for revolting that he called for his historians and asked them who were the worst enemies of the Jews in their past history. Montefiore spent three years in writing this biography. No trivia or quizzes yet. This did diminish as the narrative approached contemporary times and my guess is there just wasn’t a ton of sources for a lot of Mlntefiore early history for Montefiore to draw upon.

Perhaps if I had read an unabridged version I wouldn’t have found the repeated medieval battles as tedious as I did, but then I don’t think I would have read it thr all. Beautiful book about biography of Jerusalem, for those who love history In this particular regard the author touches on the story of one Captain Monty Parker, a louche Englishman, a sort of Flashman-like biograpy, whose archaeological explorations in the city before the First World War in search of the Ark of the Covenant were carried out kontefiore an Indiana Jones lack of finesse.

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 Is that really too much to ask? All the difficult names and places and boy what violence. His city would indeed become the holiest — and the most contested — place in montefioge world.