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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I am not reading this book to learn about the author’s jersalem. It’s certainly a book that makes you question whether religion made the world a better place, and feel disgusted by imperialism and colonialism.

It jefusalem an unbroken account of what was happening to the city and biographg surrounding area from its founding through the present day. Jerusalem has been the place where much blood has been shed, and there is almost too much detail with regards to this. Destroyed by the Babylonians, it then suffered an even more calamitous sack at the hands of the Romans: The prologue of this heavy volume begins with the destruction of the Second Temple and genocide of Jerusalem’s Jewish population by the Roman legions commanded by Titus.

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This is an engrossing and biograhpy narrative of the sweeping and volatile history of Jerusalem including the genesis and imp Jerusalem: I would have loved to h This book was an ambitious undertaking.

Following on the growth of the Samaritans and the return of the Jews to their homeland at the behest of Persian Emperor Cyrus.


Christian emperors took full control of Jerusalem. Both Christians and Jews were under the control of the Muslims emperors.

Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore – review

The history of Jerusalem is a chronicle of colonists and pilgrims, whether they are Arab, Jew or Christians. Non-Fiction Group Read srbag Jerusalem: And those were just some of the many nuggets of history I uncovered with this book. Books by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Sep 19, Manal rated it really liked it. 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 Seba era.

Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: review

It’s a daunting task to write a short review about this long history of Jerusalem. 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 I had known of the Crusades and assumed there were military simoj but never imagined the sickening degree of violence. At the beginning of his book, Montefiore clearly explains that neither does he intend to provide a history of JudaismChristianity or Islamnor a study of the nature of God in Jerusalem: I don’t yet have a feel for the city, but I assume that will come later as srbag reach modern times.

I have to rewind incessantly.

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Unfortunately, many of the honored emperors of Jerusalem were blinded by their prejudice to realize tbe tragic consequences of their oppression. Those other aspects begin to appear and the story itself becomes more detailed.


David escaped to Judah where he was able to raise to power and capture Jerusalem.

In that every single sentence holds so much information, it is a book hard to listen to. The reader can discover more in this volume about the Islamic persecution of Jews in Jerusalem and the Levant.

And there were sebg many fascinating characters that were, of necessity, just skimmed over–Theodora, showgirl-turned-empress? You know who you are. Although it is neat to have all of this information in a single monograph, there are surely better narratives and more accurate histories.

The holy land of Jerusalem is the shrine of the three Abrahamic religions: In fact, the 7th century, marks a turning point in the history of Jerusalem. There are about 18 thousand commas and several dozen periods missing.

Montefiore’s narrative is remarkably objective when considering his own family’s close links with Jewish Debag. View all 8 comments.

The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore: I suspect the editing process must have been a particularly difficult experience for Montefiore and his editors, no doubt having to leave out so many historical jewels. I will give you a gulden. What I mean by that is Montefiore biofraphy a very thorough job cataloging the important events and happenings of Jerusalem but for much of the book I felt like I was reading one long Wikipedia article.