Jerusalem The Biography

ISBN-10: 0307280500

ISBN-13: 9780307280503

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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 three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the “center 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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List price: $24.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Simon Sebag Montefiore's books are international bestsellers in 27 languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. STALIN won the History Book of the Year Prize at the 2004 British Book Awards. Montefiore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, novelist, and TV presenter, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. He is now writing JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY.

List of Illustrations
Lists of Family Trees and Maps
Preface
Notes on Names, Transliterations and Titles
Prologue
Judaism
The World of David
The Rise of David
The Kingdom and the Temple
The Kings of Judah
The Whore of Babylon
The Persians
The Macedonians
The Maccabees
The Romans Arrive
The Herods
Jesus Christ
The Last of the Herods
Jewish Wars: The Death of Jerusalem
Paganism
Aelia Capitolina
Christianity
The Apogee of Byzantium
Sunset of the Byzantines: Persian Invasion
Islam
The Arab Conquest
The Umayyads: The Temple Restored
The Abbasids: Distant Masters
The Fatimids: Tolerance and Lunacy
Crusade
The Slaughter
The Rise of Outremer
The Golden Age of Outremer
Stalemate
The Leper-King
Saladin
The Third Crusade: Saladin and Richard
The Saladin Dynasty
Mamluk
Slave to Sultan
Decline of the Mamluks
Ottoman
The Magnificence of Suleiman
Mystics and Messiahs
The Families
Empire
Napoleon in the Holy Land
The New Romantics: Chateaubriand and Disraeli
The Albanian Conquest
The Evangelists
The New City
The New Religion
Arab City, Imperial City
Russians
Zionism
The Kaiser
The Oud-Player of Jerusalem
World War
Arab Revolt, Balfour Declaration
The Christmas Present
The Victors and the Spoils
The British Mandate
The Arab Revolt
The Dirty War
Jewish Independence, Arab Catastrophe
Divided
Six Days
Epilogue
Family Trees
Maps
Acknowledgements
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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